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Written by JulieW
(4/30/2007 8:28 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Transportation focus and questions, penned by Line
here is an old post of mine about Travelling Post which may help you understand that system, Line.
If you hired horses you might not hire a coachman. Normally, he would be part of your permanant staff if you owned a carraige, along with postillions.
See this about the duties of the postillion travelling when "post" from The Compelte Servant by Samuel and Sarah Adams(1825):
When the family travels post, the helper in the stables, and the stable boy, generally ride as postillions: on other occasions, the boy or helper, rides and drives the chariot and other carraiges; or if he be a regular servant, he has the care of a pair of horses
You might like to see this rather wonderful drawing by Thomas Rowlandon of the process of hiring a post chaise from an inn ;-)
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