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of all descriptions of people at a time, and at so small an expence. If you should have a brisk wind, you soon become sick of your situation, and, should a calm ensue, your patience is put to the test ; in either state, there are very few of the passengers at such a time that do not wish themselves
The fare in the best cabin is half a guinea; in the inferior one, only half that price; the time of sailing is actuated by the tide.
Every passenger is promised that he shall be accommodated with a bed, each vessel having but at most about twenty,
the number of passengers sometimes amount to a hundred and twenty or thirty; the bed is made of
that size as only to accommodate one person; therefore, were the Hoy-man to keep his promise, the passengers must suffer themselves to be stowed, like the
unfortunate negrocs, in layers, when they are carried by human traffickers, from their wives and children, from one island to another, and inhumanly sold to the first barbarian that may happen to purchase them.
you arrive at Margate in the night, it presents a scene of confusion. not to be conceived but by those who have experienced it; and, if you
have not previously secured yourself a lodging, you must console yourself sometimes with sitting till the next day in the first public house, where the landlord may be kind enough to furnish you with a chair or a stool.
Those who have carriages and horses of their own, and are disposed to look about them, may make a pleasant journey enough; but, where you are under the necessity of travelling in a stage-coach, you must console
yourself with submitting to every inconveniency, danger, and imposition, you are subject to by going in such a conveyance on the road. You get your breakfast at Rochester, which is thirty miles, where your luggage is knocked about, and often materially injured, by being translated into another coach that meets you from Canterbury, and then, like so many impressed men on board a tender, are conducted into a room full of all descriptions of passengers, scrambling and wrangling with the waiters for a little tea or toast, which the latter seldom bring
you until you are told by the next coachman, in an insolent and
peremptory manner, that he has had his breakfast, and if you do not make haste he must be under the necessity of going without
you; but not before his brother-whip, who has driven you from London, has visited you, and held out his hand for his injunctive fee, for his great civility and careful driving, notwithstanding he may have overloaded the coach with an untolerated number of outside-passengers, risking your life, and insulting you with the grossest language, should
remonstrate at his daring to violate the laws of his country.
At Canterbury you dine and change luggage again, go through the same scene and species of abuse and imper
tinence from the coachmen and waiters, in spite of the most liberal consideration. Here a coach or diligence meets you, and twirls you over to Margate, which is seventeen miles : you arrive there about nine o'clock at night, an hour which renders it necessary that you should take up your abode at an inn, and submit to the consequences of such a situation until you may be lucky enough to get a lodging some future day.
Should it seem to appear as if I had pointed too directly at this description of people, it has proceeded from the principle of philanthrophy, to rouse the magistrate, and to tell those who make the laws of the country where they are broken, in order that they may see them more strictly enforced