Extract from Letters
Under the title of a Stage Coach Journey to Exeter,
Delariviere Manley, 1725
I can't give myself any Reason why these Coach-men are such unreasonable Rogues: They make us rise at Two in the Morning, to bring us into our Inn at the same Hour in the Afternoon. After we were repos'd a little, Beaux shin'd again, as yesterday, and waited upon me to Evening-Prayers. I need say nothing to you of Salisbury Cathedral: if in a Foreign Country as the Lady in her Letters of Spain, I cou'd entertain you with a noble Description, but you have either seen, or may see it: and so I'll spare my Architecture. There are abundance of pretty, innocent-look'd Women, genteel enough: but I have lost my Heart to a handsome Church-man. I never though befreo that Dress was tolerable; but so wore, it seems a mighty Ornament. He was plac'd behind me; but I turned my Devotion, and kneel'd to him, imagining him no less than (as in Antique Days) some High Priest of the Sun. The Canon gave me cause to think he had din'd too well, and was oblig'd to his Snuff, more than Religion, for keeping him awake. Well Devotion done, I was forc'd to break up mine and leave him without a knowledge of his Conquest. As we were walking to ou Inn, I ask'd Beaux what we shou'd do to pass the next day without being very weary of each other, for Sunday does not permit Travelling. He you may be sure, did not fail to tell me, He cou'd never be weary of me, tho' (himself) expiring by my Sight and Cruelty. I wav'd his Complement, and told him my Design of engaging the People in the Exeter-Coach (if they seem'd worth it) to live with us for the time. When we return'd we were told it was not yet come in, occasion'd by the breaking of the Axle-tree five Miles off; but that a Fellow was gone to mend it, and they were expected every Moment.
Extract from Letter written by Eliza Pierce, from Yendacott
I wish I could give you a good [account] of my Aunt but she has been excessive ill ever since you left us and has at last been prevailed on to send for Dr Glass who had her blooded to day and advises her to drink Asses Milk and we not knowing who to apply to better then your self have taken the Liberty to send to you for one. It will be a great satisfaction to us all if you can supply us as by that means my Aunt will be able to begin imediately to drink it. My Uncle desires his compliments and he begs you to send one with a foal not above a Month or six weeks old if you have one of that Age if not as young as you can.