"a staff of almost eccentric modesty"

In 1848, an average family of about the same position in society as Charles is recorded as retaining 37 servants:

"a man cook and about six helpers male and female in the kitchen, a still-room maid and two helpers, six women in the laundry, eight house- maids, a housekeeper, house steward, valet, butler, four footmen and four ladies'-maids. The mother and three daughters each had her maid, and each grown-up son had a footman in special attendance upon him. There was an usher in livery who waited on the steward's room, and one of the younger housemaids waited on the housekeeper." (source)