Coachman

The Coachman

The coachman was hired by the proprietors of the large terminal public houses in London; he was not a postal employee. The Post Office did provide him with a horse pistol. The coachmen were famous for their driving ability and were considered some of the great whips of the day. They became so famous that their manner of dress was often emulated by gentlemen. They wore a drab great coat that might have many short capes layered at the shoulders to lead rain away from their bodies and provide under layers that were not readily wet through. They wore a spotted Belcher handkerchief instead of a cravat, a tall beaver hat, striped waistcoat, white corduroy breeches, and boots. A coachman carried a whip with which he was said to be so expert that he could flick flies off his horses without startling them.

Horse Pistol



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