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The phrase "A la Francaise, conducteur, a Mons. Shillibeer" is a reference to Shillibeer's practice of employing French speaking staff. The British aristocracy's love of things French survived the Napoleonic Wars and French speaking staff were intended as a sign of refinement. French people fled to England during the Revolution. There were forty thousand in Britain by end of 1800 [Ref Murray, Venetia. High Society : A Social History of the Regency Period, 1788-1830] The picture in Note 378.8 shows one of his conductors attending passengers

 

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