THE WORLD OF SAMUEL MEEKER, MERCHANT OF PHILADELPHIA, AND GILBERT STUART, AMERICAN PORTRAIT ARTIST
Tuesday, June 11, 2013
The Grand Tour was De Rigueur: Sophie travels with her son by coach to London 1786. We can be sure that this type of travel is exactly what Gibby experienced during his time in Europe==the travellers marvel at the latest hightech gadget on the English mail coach!
The fancy mail coach (a similar one) that Sophie and her son admired from the window of their Inn, it could transport so many people at one time!
FROM: SOPHIE IN LONDON 1786 (the diary of Sophie v. la Roche in the fall 1786)
first published 1933
The transport arrangements for London are excellent. From the capital to Harwich is a distance of seventy-four English miles; these are divided into five stages: from here to Mistley, twelve miles; Colchester, ten miles; Witham, fourteen miles; Ingatestone, fourteen miles; Romford, twelve miles; London, twelve miles. The host of the ‘Three Bumpers’, our present abode, keeps horses, grooms and coaches, of which he has all kinds, letting them out for London, and he is connected with landlords at the above-mentioned localities who, if one arrives with his coach, immediately harness the best horses and put one en route again fast as lightning, accompanied by very well-dressed attendants. Our coach held five comfortably, was lined with fine cloth, and so well built and lacquered as befitted a state-coach. Four horses and two postillions brought us early into Ingatestone along the best of roads and through the finest of landscapes.
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