The Autobiography of a Stage Coachman Volume 1

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9781230240763: The Autobiography of a Stage Coachman Volume 1
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1904 edition. Excerpt: ... chapter X reverse of fortune A Wet Season--Beneficial Farming--A Eacing Stud--A Commissary---Petworth--Duke of Somerset--Seymour the Painter--Scene in a Brook--An Alarming Purchase--Contagion---Pathology--Naval Captain--Domestic Calamity--Alterations and Improvements--An Unblushing Villain--Driving Clubs--A Saturnalia--Comparison--An Attraction--A Final Resolution. I Would willingly draw a veil over this part of my history, for it brings to my memory many circumstances of a sorrowful nature, as well as an accumulation of losses of no ordinary occurrence, though at the risk of being accused of possessing a mock or morbid sensibility; but as it is necessary to connect my former life with the character I have assumed in the title-page, I shall proceed, however reluctantly, to give it a place in this narrative. Some of my readers will be able to call to mind the disastrous year of 1816, more particularly those engaged in agricultural pursuits. This, it may be remembered, was a very wet season, so much so, that in some parts of the country the harvest was not gathered in till October or November, and I have since heard from undoubted authority that beans were standing in the field at Christmas. disastrous weather 195 Now, I have before related that I had hired a farm, of not very large dimensions, certainly about 120 acres, to which was attached 200 acres of unbroke land, consisting chiefly of forest. The timber, with the expense of cutting it, was the landlord's, but clearing the land of the moors or roots and getting it in order for cultivation was the tenant's. Thus, what with grubbing, clearing, chalking, and well manuring, I had laid out half the value of the fee-simple of the land, when my first crop of wheat, which bid fair to...

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