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 Red Tape.Red Tapism. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Red Tape.
 
Dressing Edward VI.   1
       
“First a shirt was taken up by the Chief Equerry-in-Waiting,
who passed it to the First Lord of the Buckhounds,
who passed it to the Second Gentleman of the Bedchamper,
who passed it to the Head Ranger of Windsor Forest,
who passed it to the Third Groom of the Stole,
who passed it to the Chancellor Royal of the Duchy of Lancashire,
who passed it to the Master of the Wardrobe,
who passed it to Norroy King-of-Arms,
who passed it to the Constable of the Tower,
who passed it to the Chief Steward of the Household,
who passed it to the Hereditary Grand Diaperer,
who passed it to the Lord High Admiral of England,
who passed it to the Archbishop of Canterbury,
who passed it to the First Lord of the Bedchamber,
who put it on the young king.”
       
Mark Twain: The Prince and the Pauper, p. 143.
 


 Red Tape.Red Tapism. 

 
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