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Travels in England in 1782…

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 After dinner, I sat down to do some more work, but I got distracted. Sitting here, I suddenly wondered what sort of free history e-books I could find. Within in minutes I came across this one; ‘Travels in England in 1782‘ by Karl Philipp Moritz

Moritz was a German clergyman who, thankfully for us, was an Anglophile. He’d long wanted to visit England and finally arrived on June 2, 1782 (which I thought appropriate as it’s June 3rd) and he takes the reader on the journey. After the first few pages, I’m utterly enchanted. He’s noting down everything that seems foreign to him, so we get to see what he sees and experience his journey. Historic gold! He only spent a few weeks in England, but he managed to see London and a few other places he’d dreamed of.

We join him as he’s leaving the ship. He and five other travellers are set ashore near some white cliffs and they walk to the nearest village. (I’m guessing they were travelling light!) From there they hire a post-chaise…this was a vehicle where the driver (or drivers in some cases) rode one of the horses (so there was no coachman making it a much lighter, faster and cheaper travel). Here’s a short excerpt…

“The Hire of a post-chaise is a shilling for every English mile…these carriages are very neat and lightly built… The horses are generally good, and the postillions particularly smart and active, and always ride on a full trot. The one we had wore his hair cut short, a round hat, and a brown jacket of tolerable fine cloth, with a nosegay in his bosom. Now and then, when he drove very hard, he looked around, and with a smile seemed to solicit our approbation…”

This makes me feel like I’ve been momentarily transported back in time! I mentally see the postillion that morning getting dressed for work and his cheerful wife picking a pretty flower from the garden to put in his handsome coat. Magical! I’m looking forward to reading Moritz’s adventures.

I downloaded my free e-book copy on Amazon, but the book is sure to be available on other e-retailers.

The editing of Once Upon a Wager is coming along. I have a dream that it will be done by the end of the month. That is my hope! I’ll let you know. 🙂

  1. Sariah
    June 12th, 2016 at 10:58 | #1

    exciting news!!!!

  2. July 7th, 2016 at 14:58 | #2

    I am excited to see that the editing process of Once Upon a Wager is going well.

  3. July 10th, 2016 at 20:40 | #3

    @Levita M Ayala Goeloe
    Hello Levita, I’m nearly done! I was so hoping to be done and dusted by now, but I’m nearly there. I’m rewriting the first part of the Epilogue, but the Goblin is on the second edit read of the rest of the manuscript. I hope to have it on line for you soon soon soon! 🙂

  4. August 3rd, 2016 at 03:05 | #4

    Excited for you. I am fidgeting while I wait.

  5. August 3rd, 2016 at 17:59 | #5

    @Levita M Ayala Goeloe
    We’re nearly done with the second edit. 🙂 It’s taking a bit longer than I wanted (understatement), but hopefully it will make it a better read. I started Once Upon a Wager about eight years ago and there were long periods where I worked on other stories so it has ended up needing some smoothing out here and there (I couldn’t see any difference in the word flow and vocabulary, but the Goblin could…and he wasn’t going to let me get away with pretending it was fine. Good Goblin! 🙂 I hope to be able to send out the newsletter announcing it’s on line soon – it will probably be another week depending on how fast the Goblin chooses to work.

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