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Yet I'm surely bewitch’d, for I can't drive away
In vain I perplex my poor fancy
To find out the grief, .
But alas, no relief,
Heigho! what can be the matter with Nancy?
In vain I perplex, &c.
In vain I perplex, &c.
In vain I perplex, &c.
No more I'll perplex my poor fancy
To find out the grief,
A clergyman in a mining county lately observed, that he never saw half of his parishioners. until they came up to be buried.
To the Printer of the London Evening Post. Sir, I am afraid there is too much truth in your paper of the 18th of September, wherein you handsomely rebuke the supineness of our modern travellers; but, to shew you, that all of us are not tainted with the same lethargic incuriosity, I, who have been a great traveller in my time, in my own as well as foreign countries, here send you some important observations that I have made in the several stages of my life, and by your means I now convey them to my dear countrymen for their universal behoof.
My present paper shall be confined to domestic travelling; and I content myself at this time in offering a few remarks on the vehicles and conveniences, as also on the garb, or dress, most suitable to travel in, with a memento or two in relation to our conduct, as well on the road as in our inns, not forgetting some necessary hints touching those two grand articles and chief supporters of travelling, viz. good eating and drinking.
I observe then, that in this my native country, travelling is usually performed in coaches, in waggons, or on horseback. On which several conveniences I will now give you a few of my remarks, as briefly as may be.
I must own a coach and six to be a very com- . modious vehicle, and a pretty convenience for travelling; I know a great many are very fond of it, but it does not seem to be designed for every constitution. There are but few, a very few, who can well hear this way of travelling; I am apt
to think too, that it is not the most salutary way; for a constant lolling backwards must inevitably over-heat the reins, on which account, and for · some other weighty reasons, I seldom use it.
The coach and four, the chariot, and the chaise, come under the same class, though in an inferior degree, and, therefore, I shall say nothing of them now.
Stage coaches are so much my aversion, that I can hardly bear the naming of them.
But the waggon, the high-arched waggon, cannot be so cursorily past over: grave and sedate in its motion ; delightful in the freshness of its straw, and its variety of companions: I always enter into it as into a moving assembly, where the decayed gentlewoman, the blooming fresh coloured country girl, the brandy-faced lady, and a hundred other contrarieties are jumbled together, and furnish me with a set of contemplations much of a piece with those, which one of my ancestors had of old on the sight of his medley companions in the ark ; but the number being few, who have the true relish of the waggon, and still fewer who sit easy in a coach and six, I
choose now to treat of the pad or trotter. 'n Horace, in his 6th Sermon, book 1. seems to
place a great deal of pleasure in his pad (though a male kind) and tells us, he is happy as a king, when he bestrides him with his bags trussed up behind, and thus takes a journey even to Tarentum. With submission to the politeness of his taste in other things, I think a servant with a
cloak-bag a much more eligible way of travelling; and my opinion is strengthened by the practice of the ablest itinerants of this age, who seem to take. more delight in beholding their cloak-bags behind their servants, than in placing them so near their own persons.
Whether he mentions this way of travelling as his real sentiments, or only in the vein and style of a poet, (whom we seldom see over crowded with attendants) is not very material; it serves, however to shew, that the ancients approved mightily of journeying on horseback; and if any persons doubt whether the moderns have not the same kind inclinaiions to riding, I here take the liberty to invite them to one of Mr. Legg's forerooms, at the Swan, at Tottenham-cross, any Saturday, where, besides a very good entertainment, they will have ocular demonstration, what regard is paid to equitation by the famous metropolis of Great Britain.
From what I have already said, you may infer, that I would have the traveller use the horse rather than the coach or waggon; but before I suffer him to set forwards, permit me to lay down an admonition or two, in relation to his garb, and principally as to the colour of it. . I therefore, in short, recommend to him above all things, a red coat, or at least a blue coat trimmed with gold; I mean the close bodied, not the horseman's coat; but I insist mostly on the red, and that on a three-fold account.
And first, I do it on a religious one, as it pre
vents a great deal of idle cursing and swearing: Chamberlains, ostlers, and others, obey the first word of command from a red coat, when a gentleman in any other colour may swear. his eyes out, ere he can get a clean pair of sheets, or his horse rubbed down.
And secondly, I recommend a red coat, as it is a never-failing procurer of honour and respect to the wearer. When you are addressed to in your red, 'tis your honour, at every word ; as indeed it seldom is less than your worship, when in your trimmed blue; on a supposition without doubt, that even the last coat ought to contain nothing less than a justice of peace, if not a high sheriff, or some great officer of his majesty's worshipful trained-bands.
The third advantage from a red coat is, that it saves a great deal of money. Servants to public inns are now a days grown a burthen to travellers, the weight of which is in some degree taken off by a red coat. I have known the pertest chambermaid and the surliest ostler shew as .much outward satisfaction at the sight of a sixpence from a red coat, as they have done at half-a-crown from any other colour. I say outward, because I am inclin- ' able to think there is some considerable difference in their inward joy
It is now high time to imagine the traveller to be fully equipt and on his road; where it may not be amiss to remind him that he has it now in his power to shew a great deal of good breeding ; which consists only in giving the road, when any
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