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Summer Villa of a Russian Noble
Residence of the Kara. Family at Tambov


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SUMMER VILLA OF A RUSSIAN NOBLEMAN, IN TAMBOV.

SUMMER VILLA OF A RUSSIAN NOBLEMAN, IN TAMBOV.
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The Russian nobles, like those of England and other countries in fendal times, are in the habit of keeping great numbers of vassals in their houses as servants. The number of such retainers in some great families exceeds all belief, amounting sometimes to above five hundred! They receive only a trifling pittance as wages, but that is quite enough for their wants, as they are fed and clothed by their masters. Several Russian noblemen have recently distinguished themselves by their attention to their estates, and by the efforts they have made to introduce the improved processes and implements in use in more advanced countries. In some instances they, have brought land-stewards and laborers from Great Britain and Germany. Latterly, also, many of the principal nobles have become extensive manufacturers, and some of the greatest manufacturing establishments in the empire are at present in their hands. They are driven, in fact, to adopt this course by the circumstances under which they are placed.

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Sears, Robert. An Illustrated Description of the Russian Empire. New York: Robert Sears, 1855