I know that carriage transportation in the US imitated that of Europe, and I know that in the 18th century coaches could be used to transport goods and people and they could also be used as a public transport. However, I can't find any information about the nuances of how people used them (things like how they looked for a carriage, how they told the coachman where they wanted to go, how far the coachman could go, how the coachman collected money, etc...)
The nuances are very important to me, because I am writing a scene when a character has to use a coach to move away from the town he is currently in (the story is set between 1778 - 1779 America), and I need to plan out his movement (my character is a man of high status so money and status aren't the problem). The things I need to know are:
- What time did a typical 18th century coach without any passenger operate? Were they available 24/24 hours or was there any specific time in the day when no coaches were available?
- How would my character go about finding a coach? Does he just go around the town looking for a random coach? Does he go to a spot similar to today's bus stop? Or does he have to contact someone beforehand and wait for a coach to come pick him up at his place?
- How far could an 18th century coach go? Was there any limit to how far a coach could go?