Victorian London - Transport - Road - Carriages and Coaches - expense

He who would economise his time and strength, had better keep his carriage—if he can afford it; there are plenty on sale, and of the best of their kind. But the expense of keeping a carriage and horses is by far greater than in any other capital; the wages of the coachman, and the hire of the stabling, etc., are so enormous. And, besides, there is the Chancellor of the Exchequer holding out his hat, for all the world like one of those greedy Irish beggars, asking you to pay duty for the carriage and the horses ; for the coachman and his livery ; for the servant who stands behind the carriage, and that servant’s livery ; for the powder he has on his head ; for the cane he holds in his hand ; for the high box-seat, the hammercloth, and the armorial bearings which are embroidered on it—provided, always, it is your pleasure to indulge in these aristocratic luxuries. Those are the taxes on luxuries, of which there are plenty in this country; and so there ought to be.

Max Schlesinger, Saunterings in and about London, 1853

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