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Invalid Carriages and Chairs are supplied in endless variety, and with every sort of ingenious appliance; and for the convenience of those who fortunately have only temporary need of such assistance, arrangements are also made for their hire. A self-propelling chair can be obtained at from 32s. to 42s, a mechanical invalid’s bed at from 42s. to 63s. and a bath-chair at 42s. per lunar month. There are but few houses in the trade, who names will be readily found in the Post Office Directory.
Charles Dickens (Jr.), Dickens's Dictionary of London, 1879