Then the water is right over the line where we are now, and we can't get any news at all from the other side of Ipswich. If it goes on like this, some of the bridges will be down; that's what I'm afraid of."
We've just heard that there's a bridge down on the line between Ipswich and Harwich."
"The mail's going slowly on as far as Ipswich. I fancy they'll lie by there until the morning.
Lecount wanted a particular kind of tea which the man had not got, and which he believed could not be procured any nearer than Ipswich
. I instantly saw my way to beginning an acquaintance, at the trifling expense of a journey to that flourishing city.
Weller; 'they're at Ipswich, safe enough, them two.'
I work an Ipswich coach now and then for a friend o' mine.
Pickwick; 'we may as well see Ipswich as any other place.
I made off with this little booty to Ipswich, and from thence to Harwich, where I went into an inn, as if I had newly arrived from Holland, not doubting but I should make some purchase among the foreigners that came on shore there; but I found them generally empty of things of value, except what was in their portmanteaux and Dutch hampers, which were generally guarded by footmen; however, I fairly got one of their portmanteaux one evening out of the chamber where the gentleman lay, the footman being fast asleep on the bed, and I suppose very drunk.
So I left her, took the fellow up to my chamber, gave him the trunk, or portmanteau, for it was like a trunk, and wrapped it about with an old apron, and he went directly to his boat with it, and I after him, nobody asking us the least question about it; as for the drunken Dutch footman he was still asleep, and his master with other foreign gentlemen at supper, and very merry below, so I went clean off with it to Ipswich; and going in the night, the people of the house knew nothing but that I was gone to London by the Harwich wherry, as I had told my landlady.
I was plagued at Ipswich with the custom-house officers, who stopped my trunk, as I called it, and would open and search it.
Taking my way eastward through the great city, I stopped at the first office that I passed, and secured my place by the early coach to Ipswich
. Thence I traveled with post-horses to the market-town which was nearest to Greenwater Broad.
We came to Ipswich
- very late, having had to fight every inch of ground since we were ten miles out of London; and found a cluster of people in the market-place, who had risen from their beds in the night, fearful of falling chimneys.