Catalogue of British, Colonial, and Foreign Postage Stamps: Comprising Nearly Thirteen Hundred Varieties

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F. Passmore, 1862 - Postage stamps - 72 pages
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Page iv - IV., 1481, when riders on post-horses went stages of the distance of twenty miles from each other in order to procure the king the earliest intelligence of the events that passed in the course of the war that had arisen with the Scots.
Page iv - In 1635, Charles i. erected a letteroffice for England and Scotland ; but this extended only to a few of the principal roads, the times of carriage were uncertain, and the post-masters on each road were required to furnish horses for the conveyance of letters at the rate of twopence halfpenny a mile.
Page iv - ... of extraordinary packets upon special occasions. In 1635 Charles I. erected a letteroffice for England and Scotland ; but this extended only to a few of the principal roads; the times of carriage were uncertain; and the post-masters on each road were required to furnish horses for the conveyance of the letters at the rate of 2-gd.
Page iv - POSTS. Posts originated in the regular couriers established by Cyrus, who erected post-houses throughout the kingdom of Persia. Augustus was the first who introduced this institution among the Romans, and who employed post-chaises. This plan was imitated by Charlemagne about AD 800. — Ashe. Louis XI.
Page vi - Covent-garden, and afterwards to sir Robert Viner's mansion, in Lombard-street, where it continued till Sept. 23, 1829, when it was transferred to St. Martin's-le-Grand. It now occupies the site of an ancient college and sanctuary. This magnificent building was commenced in 1825, from designs by R. Smirke, esq., and completed in 1829.
Page 2 - Emperor in white relief to right. Col. imp., oval. 2 kr. yellow, 3 kr. green, 5 kr. red, 10 kr. brown, 15 kr. blue. COMPLEMENTARY STAMPS.
Page 3 - Emperor in white relief to left. Col. imp., rect. 2 soldi yellow, 3 sol. black, 5 sol. red, 10 sol. brown, 15 sol. blue. 1861.
Page v - What portion of this sum was produced br the respective countries does not appear; but there is reason to believe that it was almost entirely Irish and English, for even so late as between 1730 and 1740, the post was only transmitted three days a-week between Edinburgh and London ; and tha metropolis, on one occasion, only sent a single letter, which was for an Edinburgh banker, named Ramsay.
Page iv - Eandolph, appointed by Queen Elizabeth in 1581, and the office of foreign postmaster was created by James I.

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