[Note 299.3]

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In the Vision of Mirza by Joseph Addison published 1711, ‘multitudes of people’ fall from the bridge of human life into the waters of eternity The editor of Railway Review assumed that his readership would understand the reference to the relevant passage of the Vision of Mirza. The nature of their work, especially the importance of being able to understand written regulations, meant that railway servants were a notably literate group.


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