'Old Christmas. From the Sketch Book of Washington Irving'
by Washington Irving, illustrated by Randolph Caldecott
The Christmas dinner
'Mr Carlyon's Christmas'
21st December. - Invitation from Squire Wood to spend Christmas
at Marley Hall. Sent for hackney coach and started at once.
Found a seat on the Red Chester coach.
23rd December. - Delayed by deep snow on roads in Shropshire. Had to push behind.
At Dodington Side-bar met by old family servant with gig.
Little way up lane stopped by two highwaymen
Overthrew the highwaymen, captured them, and dragged
them before a neighbouring justice of the peace
Arrived at Marley Hall late. Hearty welcome from Squire.
Noticed that one of the guests, who seems a sort of country buck, took
an instant aversion to me. Overheard him say that he hates town fops