Velocipedes for armies?

 

A speculator who during the late war conceived the sagacious idea of blocking up the French harbours by sinking ship-loads of stone at their entrances, has informed the public “ that the velocipede is one of those machines which may probably alter the whole system of society – because it is applicable to the movement of armies and will render rapidly practicable marches far more distant than have ever yet been undertaken.”

Royal Cornwall Gazette, Falmouth Packet & Plymouth Journal (Truro, England),

 Saturday May 08, 1819; Issue 828. 19th Century British Library Newspapers: Part II

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