"We went down by the Mail."

The mail coach carried postal deliveries from location to location within England from 1728.

The carriage was drawn by four horses. The driver sat outside, and a postal worker would guard the box containing the mail at the rear.

Four passengers were able to travel inside the carriage. Travelling by the mail coach was faster and therefore more expensive than travelling by stagecoach, which made more stops and was often uncomfortable due to overcrowding. 

During the 1840s and 1850s, the mail coach was gradually replaced by a rapidly expanding railway system.