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|Thanks once again, Julie! Fascinating stuff!
Written by Line
(6/11/2007 8:22 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Hackney Coaches (long), penned by JulieW
It must have been a hard life being a hackney coach driver- 12-hour days (with breaks, I'm sure, but still...) and exposed to the elements the whole time. The passengers may have been protected from the weather, but not the coachman, from what I can tell. BTW, when Pyne wrote about all the valuable lives being saved by hackneys, did he simply mean that people could now avoid walking home in a downpour, or did people actually take refuge in a standing hackney when it was raining?
Also, what did Fletham mean by "Hackney coaches are not to ply for promiscuous passengers when returning from the country"? What did returning from the country have to do with it, and did "promiscuous" mean then what it means now?
I notice it's mentioned more than once that hackney drivers *had* to take a fare during working hours. Were there a lot of refusals?
I notice too that servants were expected to sit outside with the coachman. Would that be for male servants, or female servants too?
Also, what were check strings?
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