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Several steam powered road carriages were developed in the years immediately before the publication of this song.{i} Notably, Goldsworthy Gurney's machine which he ran near Edgware in 1825 {ii}

References:
{i} William Fletcher, History and Development of Steam Locomotion on Common Roads (London, E & FN Spon, 1891) pp 23-94
{ii} Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

 

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