Tricycles for the Country Clergy (1880)

Tricycles for the Country Clergy

A clergyman in the West of England writes to the Guardian giving his experience of a tricycle as a means of locomotion in large country parishes. He says: “My first journey was ten miles, the third journey forty-two, across Devon and Cornwall. I have travelled about 800 miles by this time on pleasure trips, in North Wales and latterly in Derbyshire, on my work of deputation for the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel and have found it a great comfort and pleasure; from seven to eight miles an hour is my speed and I can do fifty miles per day. I can ride up any hill almost; it does not follow that some may not be worth the labour of ridingand pushing up be easier but few hills in North Wales, Devon and Derbyshire have beat me. I carry my portmanteau with me, and have carried my boy, aged twelve, behind me for thirty-four miles once. If I were in a country place and wished to save a horse, I should do so by keeping a tricycle. It wants no grooming, no corn, no tax, no gates; you can leave it at the door of a cottage and want no one to hold it; and, better than all, it has done my health (which was shattered abroad) more good than all the physic I have swallowed; so I cordially recommend it to a clergyman.”

The Pall Mall Gazette, November 4, 1880

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