Hackney Coaches. They are of French origin. In Prance a strong kind of cob-horse was let out on hire for short journeys. These were latterly harnessed, to accommodate several wayfarers at once, to a plain vehicle called coehe-a-haquenkt; hence the name. The legend that, traces their in to Hackney, near London, is a vulgar error. They were first licensed in 1662, and subjected to regulations during the reign of William and Mary. Cabriolets are also of French origin. It was, however, the aristocratic taste of Englishmen that sugsested the propriety of obliging the driver to bo seated on the outside of the vehicle.