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Your obedient servant

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Your obedient servant phrases of civility formerly often used in closing a letter, now archaic; -- at one time such phrases were exaggerated to include Your most humble, most obedient servant.
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Usage

In literature:

Your obedient servant, S.M.
"The Reminiscences of an Irish Land Agent" by S.M. Hussey
I have the honor to be, with the highest esteem, your most obedient and most humble servant.
"Memoir, Correspondence, And Miscellanies, From The Papers Of Thomas Jefferson" by Thomas Jefferson
With great respect, I remain your Lordship's obedient, humble servant.
"A Journey through the Kingdom of Oude, Volumes I & II" by William Sleeman
I have the honour to be, Sir, your obedient servant, PUNCH.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 1, Complete" by Various
Your Worships' obedient Servant PIETER DIRCXSOON 1618.
"The Part Borne by the Dutch in the Discovery of Australia 1606-1765" by J. E. Heeres
Your Lordship's most obedient Servant, (Signed) J.D.P.
"Sir John French" by Cecil Chisholm
Your obedient servant, O.E.
"Secret Band of Brothers" by Jonathan Harrington Green
Your obedient servant, Sarah Kennedy.
"Phineas Redux" by Anthony Trollope
Amongst your humble and obedient servants the present tutor of Maxfield will need to be included.
"Roger Ingleton, Minor" by Talbot Baines Reed
Your obedient servants, DODSON AND FOGG.
"The Law and Lawyers of Pickwick A Lecture" by Frank Lockwood
I have the honour to be, Sir, your very obedient and humble servant, ALCIBIADES AJAX BOGGS.
"The Poacher" by Frederick Marryat
I remain, your obedient servant, John Humphreys, now known as John Bowen.
"The Dash for Khartoum" by George Alfred Henty
I am, dear sir, your obedient servant, N. GREENE.
"The Campaign of 1776 around New York and Brooklyn" by Henry P. Johnston
Your obedient servant and friend, MARY ROSE CROCKER.
"Mary Rose of Mifflin" by Frances R. Sterrett
I am your obedient servant.
"The Long Roll" by Mary Johnston
I am, Sir, your most obedient servant, Charles Dickens, Honorary Secretary.
"The Life of Charles Dickens, Vol. I-III, Complete" by John Forster
I have the honor to be with the greatest regard, Madame, your most obedient and most humble servant.
"The Loyalist" by James Francis Barrett
I have the honor to be, sir, very respectfully, your obedient servant.
"Great Men and Famous Women. Vol. 2 of 8" by Various
Your obedient humble servant to command.
"The Old Tobacco Shop" by William Bowen
Count on me then, chevalier, as your most humble and obedient servant.
"The Regent's Daughter" by Alexandre Dumas (Pere)
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In poetry:

Ye winds, the servants of the Lord,
Ye waves, obedient to his word,
Oh, spare the babe committed to your trust;
And Israel shall confess the Lord is just.
"Moses In The Bulrushes. A Sacred Drama" by Hannah More