A Dandy Charger (1819)

A Dandy Charger. – A gentleman of Farnham, riding down a hill in the neighbourhood, on one of the new hobby-horses, the horse ran away with him, or more properly speaking, it proceeded with such velocity that he could not succeed in stopping it. Unfortunately, he came into contact with a post, by which means the machine was overset and the gentleman broke his arm. A grand velocipede match is spoken of between four amateurs. The distance is to be 50 miles and to be decided on Blackheath. It is to be for a sweepstake of 25 guineas, the first in to pocket the whole. – The parties are in training.

Trewman’s Exeter Flying Post or Plymouth and Cornish Advertiser, May 6, 1819

 

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