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Penny Postage

Documents (from both official and private sources) relating to the great Penny Postage reforms of 1840 and their aftermath. See also Parliamentary Reports.

The Life of Sir Rowland Hill and the History of Penny Postage (Vol. 1)
Sir Rowland Hill and George Birkbeck Hill
[600pp, 33MB, 1880]

The Life of Sir Rowland Hill and the History of Penny Postage (Vol. 2)
Sir Rowland Hill and George Birkbeck Hill
[534pp, 37MB, 1880]

Post Office Reform, its Importance and Practicability (1st edn)
Rowland Hill
[89pp, 2.7MB, 1837]
The famous pamphlet that started it all!

Post Office Reform, its Importance and Practicability (3rd edn)
Rowland Hill
[109pp, 4.2MB, 1837]
Later edition with foreword concerning its reception

The Justice and Profit of a Uniform Penny Postage
British & Foreign Review
[56pp, 4.6MB, 1839]
Commentary etc extracted from the magazine

The State and Prospects of Penny Postage
Rowland Hill
[91pp, 4.5MB, 1843]

The Post Office of Fifty Years Ago
[176pp, 7.0MB, 1887]
Also contains the full text of Hill's original 1837 pamphlet

How James Chalmers saved the penny postage scheme
Patrick Chalmers
[80pp, 5.1MB, 1890]
The main "Chalmers-Hill controversy" partisan!

Robert Wallace MP and James Chalmers, the Scottish postal reformers
Patrick Chalmers
[86pp, 3.6MB, 1890]
The main "Chalmers-Hill controversy" partisan!

Account of the Celebration of the Jubilee of Uniform Inland Penny Postage
[384pp, 17.0MB, 1891]
The celebrations in the Guildhall, South Kensington, and the provinces