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 sweepstakes 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 (Exeter, England), Thursday, May 6, 1819)