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completed with two parties for two of the best, four Horses to each,
for the three days trip to Pallanza, including
relays or extra Horses and pourboir, total 370 francs for each Carriage
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We order them to “hitch up” at once, trunks behind, satchels
in a large box for that purpose underneath, and without waiting
for lunch we take along some bread and grapes off at
a gallop for Brieg- A mile or two out of town we pick
up the landlord of our Brieg Hotel, who could not find a seat in the
Diligence. About the middle of the afternoon we
pass through Pfyn the boundary between the French and German
speaking, Swiss- At 5 P.M. we pass the diligence
which had nearly an hour the start of us. This feat is
seldom accomplished as they go at good speed with frequent relays
but our drivers are doing their best not sparing the whip.
Anna and I sit in the banquet behind the driver, leaving the lower part
of our carriage to Ma alone who shuts it up tight as a closet, while
Alice and Jep are riding with Mr. Castles daughter.
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At 5 1/4 PM we reach our Hotel for the night in the antique
little town of Brieg, having entered it through an alley of poplars
nearly half mile long, the road level and straight, the poplars tall
and hansome. We have our pick of apartments as the house
is quite empty and our landlord kindly remembers the walk we saved
him, in his good warm dinner and attentions.
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15th Jeps birth day, I astonish ^him^ with a present of a seal Ring, a genuine
antique of much value. Called up at 6- Breakfast at 7.
In our carriages promptly at 7 1/2 off at a gallop, this time with
six Horses to each carriage through the village consisting of one narrow