The History of Coaches

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Kerby & Endean, 1877 - Carriages and carts - 152 pages
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Page iii - Prick'd from the lazy finger of a maid ; Her chariot is an empty hazel-nut Made by the joiner squirrel or old grub, Time out o' mind the fairies' coachmakers. And in this state she gallops night by night Through lovers...
Page 103 - Is it for a man's health to travel with tired jades, to be laid fast in the foul ways, and forced to wade up to the knees in mire ; afterwards sit in the cold, till teams of horses can be sent to pull the coach out...
Page 103 - Besides the excellent arrangement of conveying men and letters on horseback, there is of late such an admirable commodiousness both for men and women, to travel from London to the principal towns...
Page 103 - London upon every small occasion, which otherwise they would not do but upon urgent necessity ; nay, the conveniency of the passage makes their wives often come up, who, rather than come such long journeys on horseback, would stay at home. Here, when they come to town, they must presently be in the mode, get fine clothes, go to plays and treats ; and by these means get such a habit of idleness, and love of pleasure, that they are uneasy ever after.
Page 108 - ... broad-headed nails, tracing out the panels ; in the upper tier of which were four oval windows, with heavy, red wooden frames, or leathern curtains. Upon the doors also were displayed, in large characters, the names of the places whence the coach started, and whither it went, stated in quaint and antique language.
Page 111 - The Post, at present, instead of being the swiftest, is almost the slowest conveyance in the country ; and though, from the great improvement in our roads, other carriers have proportionably mended their speed, the post is as slow as ever.
Page 103 - ... one may be transported to any place, sheltered from foul weather and foul ways...
Page 117 - Cabriolets were in honour of his Majesty's birthday introduced to the public this morning. They are built to hold two persons besides the driver (who is partitioned off from his company), and are furnished with a book of fares for the use of the public, to prevent the possibility of imposition. These books will be found in a pocket hung inside of the head of the cabriolet. The fares are one third less than hackney-coaches.
Page 109 - The Edinburgh stage-coach, for the better accommodation of passengers, will be altered to a new genteel two-end glass coach machine, hung on steel springs, exceeding light and easy, to go in ten days in summer, and twelve in winter...
Page 48 - ... suit, which I did. And so anon we went alone through the town with our new liveries of serge, and the horses...

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