On The Track Of The Mail-coach; Being A Volume Of Reminiscences Personal And Otherwise

Paperback | January 31, 2012

byFrederick Ebenezer Baines

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1895. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER VIII. THE CORNISH MAIL. Tastes of course differ; but in my opinion there are few more attractive spots than the Lizard Head, on the coast of Cornwall. It is eighteen miles from Falmouth, and eight or ten from Helston. The Lizard ' Town,' as it sees fit to call itself, is perched high up on a tableland, at the verge of the great Goonhilly Downs, overlooking Mount's Bay, the offing of the Fal, and the English Channel generally. Here I have retired to consider and concoct many a piece of official scheming, and occasionally from the signal-house on Beast Point, which was once in possession of the Post-Office, have watched and signalled the mail-steamers as they passed to and from Plymouth and Southampton. At the same time, the reader must not be led away by my personal predilection for the Lizard to assume that it has a band and a pier, or even bathing-machines and broad sands. Far from it! The best walking-places are on the tops of the hedges, and although one may bathe in comfort at Kynance Cove, even there, picturesque as the cove is itself, the sands of this splendid, health-giving, rock-bound coast are not much to speak of. I recollect the late Eector of Llandewednack running breathless into Penmenner, where I was staying, to say that the beach near the lighthouse was being carried bodily away. A neighbouring farmer had moved off with a single cartload of sand. Lizard Town viewed with lordly indifference the goings and comings, at Falmouth, of mail-coaches, which never dreamt of approaching the Lizard; and, so that she got letters now and then, it mattered little to her how she got them. The workers in 'serpentine were not much concerned in correspondence. Besides, they had the life-boat, which lies under the lee of the lighthouse, to look after....

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1895. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER VIII. THE CORNISH MAIL. Tastes of course differ; but in my opinion there are few more attractive spots than the Lizard...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:86 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.18 inPublished:January 31, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217266452

ISBN - 13:9780217266451

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