661-Pete wrote:... In the days of the Ordinary, the only competing road transport was horse-and-cart. And the main danger was that of falling off from a height! ...
Bearing in mind that the Offences Against the Person Act 1861, merely consolidated existing statutes, it's worth bearing in mind s35
35. Whosoever, having the Charge of any Carriage or Vehicle, shall, by wanton or furious Driving or Racing, or other wilful Misconduct, or by wilful Neglect, do or cause to be done any bodily Harm to any Person whatsoever, shall be guilty of a Misdemeanor, and being convicted thereof shall be liable, at the Discretion of the Court, to be imprisoned for any Term not exceeding Two Years, with or without Hard Labour.
http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/186 ... 100_en.pdf
And it does seem that Dr Johnson enjoyed charging about in a post-chaise.