Lives of the Engineers, with an Account of Their Principal Works: Comprising Also a History of Inland Communication in Britain, Nide 1


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Sivu 201 - Of all the cursed roads that ever disgraced this kingdom in the very ages of barbarism, none ever equalled that from Billericay to the King's Head at Tilbury.
Sivu 203 - The only mending it receives is tumbling some loose stones, which serve no other purpose than jolting a carriage in the most intolerable manner. These are not merely opinions, but facts ; for I actually passed three carts, broken down, in those eighteen miles of execrable memory.
Sivu 340 - It is the prettiest match in the world since yours, and everybody likes it but the Duke of Bridgewater and Lord Coventry. What an extraordinary fate is attached to those two women ! Who could have believed that a Gunning would unite the two great houses of Campbell and Hamilton ? For my part, I expect to see my Lady Coventry Queen of Prussia. I would not venture to marry either of them these thirty years, for fear of being shuffled out of the world prematurely, to make room for the rest of their...
Sivu 97 - Here die I, Richard Grenville, with a joyful and quiet mind, for that I have ended my life as a true soldier ought to do, that hath fought for his country, queen, religion, and honour...
Sivu 202 - I know not in the whole range of language, terms sufficiently expressive to describe this infernal road; let me most seriously caution all travellers, who may accidentally purpose to travel this terrible country to avoid it as they would the devil: for a thousand to one but they break their necks or their limbs by overthrows or breakings down.
Sivu 172 - For, what advantage is it to men's health, to be called out of their beds into these coaches an hour before day in the morning, to be hurried in them from place to place, till one hour, two, or three within night; insomuch that, after sitting all day in the...
Sivu 171 - ... become weary and listless when they ride a few miles, and unwilling to get on horseback; not able to endure frost, snow, or rain, or to lodge in the fields.
Sivu 174 - Whitchureh, twenty miles; the second day, to the Welsh Harp ; the third, to Coventry ; the fourth, to Northampton ; the fifth, to Dunstable ; and, as a wondrous effort, on the last, to London before the commencement of night. The strain and labor of six good horses, sometimes eight, drew us through the sloughs of Mireden, and many other places.
Sivu 201 - The trees everywhere overgrow the road, so that it is totally impervious to the sun except at a few places. And to add to all the infamous circumstances which concur to plague a traveller, I must not forget the eternally meeting with chalk waggons, themselves frequently stuck fast till a collection of them are in the same situation, and twenty or thirty horses may be tacked to each to draw them out one by one.

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