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|Would the logistics been staggering?
Written by Tracy W
(6/5/2007 9:39 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, travelling with a "large party", penned by Cathy Allen
The logistics of say a group of twenty people seem easier to manage than moving say a circus, and yet the history of the circus dates back to before railways. Or look at the Duke of Wellington's career - if the English could manage the logistics of an army of tens of thousands of men in Portugal then I'm sure the logistics of moving a few dozen gentry in England were not insurmountable.
Presumably many of the guests would provide their own transport, we know Bingley has his own carriage. Many of the guests would also bring servants. There were inns throughout England, JA's characters are always staying at them, so that would be where they could stay the night and the logistics of food, clean sheets, etc could be offloaded onto the innkeepers and the gentry's personal servants. Equally food supplies for the horses pulling the carriages could be brought along the way.
Organising a large bunch of people who are travelling together is hard work for the organiser, but hardly impossible. I belong to a tramping club that pulls off such activities without anyone having paid servants. I've managed twelve people for an Easter away in the South Island while still having plenty of time to enjoy myself, and I'm hardly one of the club experts.
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