The Life of Thomas Telford, Civil Engineer: With an Introductory History of Roads and Travelling in Great Britain

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J. Murray, 1867 - 331 עמודים

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עמוד 162 - And he had trudged through Yorkshire dales, Among the rocks and winding scars ; Where deep and low the hamlets lie Beneath their little patch of sky And little lot of stars...
עמוד 68 - ... breakings down. They will here meet with ruts which I actually measured four feet deep, and floating with mud only from a wet summer...
עמוד 61 - However incredible it may appear, this coach will actually (barring accidents) arrive in London in four days and a half after leaving Manchester...
עמוד 8 - T'other day, much in want of a subject for song, Thinks I to myself, I have hit on a strain, Sure marriage is much like a Devonshire lane.
עמוד 50 - In years of plenty many thousands of them meet together in the mountains, where they feast and riot for many days; and at country weddings, markets, burials, and other the like public occasions, they are to be seen both men and women perpetually drunk, cursing, blaspheming, and fighting together.
עמוד 25 - The strain and labour of six good horses, sometimes eight, drew us through the sloughs of Mireden, and many other places. We were constantly out two hours before day, and as late at night ; and in the depths of winter proportionately later.
עמוד 94 - I paid 15/. in a single year for repairs of carriage-springs on the pavement of London; and I now glide without noise or fracture, on wooden pavements. I can walk, by the assistance of the police, from one end of London to the other, without molestation; or, if tired, get into a cheap and active cab, instead of those cottages on wheels, which the hackney coaches were at the beginning of my life.
עמוד 86 - ... instance. When the high-road from Huddersfield to Manchester was determined on, he agreed to make it at so much a rood, though at that time the line had not been marked out. When this was done, Metcalf, to his dismay, found that the surveyor had laid it out across some deep * 'Observations on Blindness and on the Employment of the other Senses to supply the Loss of Sight.
עמוד 65 - 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.
עמוד 35 - Leisure is gone — gone where the spinning-wheels are gone, and the pack-horses, and the slow waggons, and the pedlars, who brought bargains to the door on sunny afternoons. Ingenious philosophers tell you, perhaps, that the great work of the steamengine is to create leisure for mankind. Do not believe them : it only creates a vacuum for eager thought to rush in. Even idleness is eager now...

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