According to an early advertisement, the London offices of the Penny Post were opened by upholsterer Robert Murray
and metals merchant William Dockwra
. This challenged the government monopoly
, and advertisements were thought to...
28 September 1711
A Post Office Act empowered the Royal Mail
to carry letters other than on the main post roads to and from London: the bye or by and cross-post routes.
Whyman, Susan E. The Pen and the People: English Letter Writers 1660-1800. Oxford University Press, 2009.
53 and n70, 55
In the first years of regular airline services, government contracts (especially with the Royal Mail
) helped subsidize passenger service.
The Royal Mail
first introduced two-tier postal services in Britain: a stamp for a second-class letter cost 4p, while a first-class letter cost 5p.