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Trevelyon's Foot-Post

The foot-post in this illustration wears a pouch of letters around his waist, holds a letter superscribed “To his frinde liar” in his hand, and carries a large post-bag with the inscription: “Newes from all parttes is in my sacke With lies and tales it Loades my backe.”  Trevelyon’s image emphasizes the power of letters to disseminate information, whether it be false or true.

Thomas Trevelyon. Miscellany. Manuscript, 1608

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