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  • "And now we are abandoning you to travel on the stage, the very cheapest form of transportation, when you might have gone more respectably by post chaise or at the very worst by the mailcoach."

    One Night for Love

  • "Lady Rosamund was right," he had said bitterly, watching the wizard bent over the fat palm of a merchant who had come in on the mailcoach.

    The Silent Tower

  • At long intervals, the mailcoach would clatter past in a huge cloud of choking dust, an enormous vehicle drawn by a six-horse hitch, rattling with brass and glass windows and crammed with passengers -- farmers in serge, black-clothed clerks in wide-brimmed hats, or harassed-looking women of the poorer classes in faded print gowns and bonnets.

    The Silent Tower

  • But only those whose memory still carries them so far back, can feel within them any reflex of that eager excitement with which the news of battles fought and won, or mailcoach copies of some new work of Scott, or Byron, or the _Edinburgh Review_, were looked for and received in those already old days.

    International Weekly Miscellany - Volume 1, No. 9, August 26, 1850

  • The locomotive transports travellers and goods over the land in numbers and with a speed which must have seemed an incredible fable to our forefathers, who looked upon the mailcoach with its six passengers in the inside, and its ten miles an hour, as an enormous progress.

    On the Conservation of Force

  • When they fell to behind us, with father, mother, and friends waving tearful good-bys from the steps, and the wheels of the mailcoach rattled over the cobblestones of the silent streets where old neighbors had set lights in their windows to cheer us on the way, —out into the open country, into the wide world, —our life's journey had begun.

    Elizabeth tells her Story

  • The same night I went by mailcoach (no railway farther for me) to Carlisle, thence through Annan, &c., and was at Templand next morning for a late breakfast.

    Letters and Memorials of Jane Welsh Carlyle

  • I pass over the ghostly mailcoach horses that flew through the night in "The Story of the Bagman's Uncle," flowing - maned, black horses.

    Pickwickian Studies

  • Side railings were added; the toll-houses and approach-roads were completed by the end of the year; and the bridge was opened for public traffic on Monday, the 30th of January, 1826, when the London and Holyhead mailcoach passed over it for the first time, followed by the Commissioners of the Holyhead roads, the engineer, several stage-coaches, and a multitude of private persons too numerous to mention.

    The Life of Thomas Telford

  • People flocked to Lancashire from all quarters to see the steam-coach running upon a railway at three times the speed of a mailcoach, and to enjoy the excitement of actually travelling in the wake of an engine at that incredible velocity.

    Lives of the Engineers The Locomotive. George and Robert Stephenson

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  • Also called a post coach in England. A horse-drawn carriage for delivering mail, beginning in 1784, with four horses and inside seating for four passengers. The mail was carried in a box at the rear, tended by a Royal Mail post office guard.

    October 22, 2008