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Postal "Systems"

The greatest challenge to letterwriters was the postal “system.” For the average individual, “mailing” a letter involved either paying someone to carry the letter, or sending it along with a friend headed in the desired direction. Carriers, bearers, messengers, or foot-posts, as they were variously called, were the lifeline between families and friends, court and country, and one nation and another.


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England's First Postal Service
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Ogilby's Book
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