J. Gibbs, Crown-Inn, Hailsham. Neat post Chaises.

[Hailsham, England]: [circa 1790s].

Bill of Fare, (16.3 x 10 cm.), [1] page. Printed text enclosed within an ornamental oval. Expenses for a six-day trip through Sussex, as recorded on a printed billhead, with details completed in manuscript, undated [but 1790s]. "J. Cox and wife" were charged for transportation from Hailsham to Seaford (one day), then to Lewes (one day), and on to Horsham (four days), with board, for a total of 18 pounds, ten shillings, seven pence. Built in 1793, the Crown Inn still operates in the East Sussex town, though the original owner, J. Gibbs, declared bankruptcy in November of 1808. "Neat Post Chaise" refers to the method of transportation, a four-wheeled, closed carriage, containing one seat for two or three passengers, that was popular in 18th-century England. Some wear to edges; fold lines visible on verso, otherwise fine.

Price: $300.00