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Hackney Coach-stands in the Public Streets established.
In the reign of., , the first hackney coach-stand was established in London. Hackney-coaches were before kept at inns, as post-chaises were subsequently. Garrard, in a letter to , writes: " Here is one , he hath been a sea captain, but now lives on the land, about this city [London], where he tries experiments. He hath erected, according to his ability, some 4 hackney-coaches, put his men in livery, and appointed them to stand at the May-pole in the Strand, giving them instructions at what
|rates to carry men into several parts of the town, where all day they may be had. Other hackney-men seeing this way, they flock to the same place, and perform their journeys at the same rate. So that sometimes there is 20 of them together, which disperse up and down, that they and others are to be had everywhere, as watermen are to be had by the water-side. Everybody is much pleased with it."|