from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A coach that conveys the public mails.


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  • He utilized improved applications, but the principles of themselves were ever the same, whether in the war chariots of Achilles and Pharaoh or the mail-coach and diligence of the European traveller, the cavalry of the Huns or of Prince Rupert, the triremes and galleys of Greece and Rome or the East Indiamen and clipper ships of the last century.

    The Shrinkage of the Planet

  • Quincey's hyperbolical description of the English mail-coach, one cannot down the desire to place that remarkable man on the pilot of the White

    The Shrinkage of the Planet

  • Once the mail-coach passed us, bound for Santa Fe, and a troop of dragoons came by from Fort Mann, which was being built at that time; for the rest, the most interesting thing was the litter of gear from trains that had passed ahead of us-it was like all the left-luggage offices in the world strewn out for hundreds of miles.


  • I regretted now that I had not made inquiry before I left the inn where I alighted from the mail-coach.

    Chronicles of the Canongate

  • Your current and customary mail-coach passenger, too, gets abominably selfish, schemes successfully for the best seat, the freshest egg, the right cut of the sirloin.

    Chronicles of the Canongate

  • Disguised in a grey surtout which had seen service, a white castor on my head, and a stout Indian cane in my hand, the next week saw me on the top of a mail-coach driving to the westward.

    Chronicles of the Canongate

  • As this gentleman actually drove a regular-built mail-coach, not in any respect differing from that of his Majesty, only that it was more frequently overturned, his influence with a certain set was irresistible, and the

    Saint Ronan's Well

  • At present it is different; and I myself, Peter Pattieson, in a late journey to Edinburgh, had the honour, in the mail-coach phrase to “change a leg” with a peer of the realm.

    The Bride of Lammermoor

  • He reached Paris in twelve hours, where his first act was to secure a place in the mail-coach for Havre on the following evening.

    Modeste Mignon

  • La Briere got back to Havre by the mail-coach Wednesday morning in time to breakfast with Canalis.

    Modeste Mignon


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