Annals of the Road: Or, Notes on Mail and Stage Coaching in Great Britain (Google eBook)

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Longmans, Green, 1876 - Coaching - 403 pages
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Page 22 - I know not in the whole range of language, terms sufficiently expressive to describe this infernal road; let me most seriously caution all travellers, who may accidentally purpose to travel this terrible country to avoid it as they would the devil: for a thousand to one but they break their necks or their limbs by overthrows or breakings down.
Page 318 - They united the subjects of the most distant provinces by an easy and familiar intercourse ; but their primary object had been to facilitate the marches of the legions ; nor was any country considered as completely subdued, till it had been rendered' in all its parts pervious to the arms and authority of the conqueror.
Page 22 - ... breakings down. They will here meet with ruts which I actually measured four feet deep, and floating with mud only from a wet summer...
Page 317 - Mountains were perforated, and bold arches thrown over the broadest and most rapid streams. -The middle part of the road was raised into a terrace, which commanded the adjacent country, consisted of several strata of sand, gravel, and cement, and was paved with large stones, or in some places near the capital with granite.
Page 379 - Roll'd every chariot, till the hard-mouthed steeds That drew the Thracian car, unmaster'd, broke With violence away, and turning short, (When o'er the Hippodrome, with winged speed, They had completed now the seventh career,) Dash'd their wild foreheads 'gainst the Libyan car. From this one luckless chance, a train of ills Succeeding, rudely on each other fell Horses and charioteers, and soon was fill'd With wrecks of shatter'd cars the Phocian plain. / Erect Orestes, and erect his car, Thro...
Page 317 - The public roads were accurately divided by milestones, and ran in a direct line from one city to another, with very little respect for the obstacles either of nature or private property. Mountains were perforated, and bold arches thrown over the broadest and most rapid streams.
Page 317 - ... issuing from the Forum of Rome, traversed Italy, pervaded the provinces, and were terminated only by the frontiers of the empire. If we carefully trace the distance from the wall of Antoninus to Rome, and from thence to Jerusalem, it will be found that the great chain of communication, from the northwest to the south-east point of the empire, was drawn out to the length of four thousand and eighty Roman miles.84 The public roads were accurately divided by mile-stones, and ran in a direct line...
Page 22 - They will here meet with ruts, which I actually measured four feet deep, and floating with mud only from a wet summer ; what therefore must it be after a winter ? The only mending it receives...
Page 10 - Black Swan in Coney Street, in York. At both which Places they may be received in a Stage Coach Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, which performs the whole journey in four days (if God permits), And Sets forth at Five in the morning. And returns from York to Stamford in two days and from Stamford by Huntingdon to London in two days more. And the like stages on their return.
Page 317 - All these cities were connected with each other and with the capital, by the public highways, which issuing from the Forum of Rome, traversed Italy, pervaded the provinces, and were terminated only by the frontiers f the empire.

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