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Introduction

This section consists of the actual texts of various official documents relating to postal matters that do not yet have their own section.

Royal Proclamations

(19th July 1632)Royal Proclamation

A PROCLAMATION concerning the Postmaster of England for Forraigne Parts.
Appointment of William Frizell and Thomas Witherings to replace Mathewe de Quester.

(31st July 1635)Royal Proclamation

A PROCLAMATION for the settling of the Letter-office of England and Scotland.
The beginning of the Royal Mail as an inland service open to the public.

(11th February 1638)Royal Proclamation

A PROCLAMATION concerning the Carrying and Re-carrying of Letters, as well within his Majesty's Realms and Dominions as into and from Foreign Parts.
Prohibitions on foreign letters other than by the Post Office and extension of the rates set in 1635.

Ordinances of the Lord Protector

(2nd September 1654)Ordinance

An Ordinance touching the Office of Postage of Letters, Inland and Foreign.
Confirmation of John Manley in charge of the Posts and setting of rates.

Broadsheets

(18th January 1652/3)Broadsheet

Broadsheet announcing the reopening of the public post.

Treasury Warrants

Major changes to Post Office operations -- such things as postal rates and new services -- originally had to be specifically authorised by an Act of Parliament, often going into significant detail. The system gradually developed over time and Acts would authorise many routine changes -- for example new postal rates, especially foreign ones -- to be made by the Postmaster-General authorised by a Warrant signed by three of the Commissioners of His/Her Majesty's Treasury.

As with the text of postal Acts, these are legal definitions and written in a similar style to the Acts themselves. The wording has been kept as in the original, and the formatting copied as closely as possible.

(1st September 1840)1st September 1840

Rates of Postage on certain Foreign, Colonial, and other Letters.
The warrant that made the new rates of the Penny Postage reforms permanent.