The Virginia Gazette

Today in the 1770s: April 2

WILLIAMSBURG, April 2, 1779.
For Sale A genteel new Boston made chaise, lined with fine white broadcloth has an exceeding good leather top with springs and harness for two horses, inquire of the printers hereof.

Virginia Gazette (Dixon & Nicolson) April 2, 1779

Language notes:

Chaises were various pleasure or travelling carriages, the exact application having varied from time to time: a. A light open carriage for one or two persons, often having a top or calash; those with four wheels resembling the phaeton, those with two the curricle; also loosely used for pleasure carts and light carriages generally. B. A carriage for travelling, having a closed body and seated for one to three persons, the driver sitting on one of the horses; In Virginia a chaise with one horse was often called a "chair".

Sources: OED. Goodwin

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