The Female Novel
The importance of the phenomenon is indicated by the fact that the speaker was not a backbench MP of no particular consequence, but William Gladstone, a future prime minister, and one of the most powerful political figures of the Victorian period. Railways were faster, cheaper and more comfortable than horse-drawn coaches — although comfort is a relative concept, which in this context emphasizes the awful discomfort of most coach journeys.
… the House must be fully aware that the present was a very important era in the history of railroads … this was the proper time and fitting opportunity to refer the matter to a committee to investigate the subject.
(Hansard, 5 February 1844)
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