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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.