During the First World War, the frequency of deliveries was affected. In London, deliveries were reduced to six a day. Rural areas received between one and four deliveries. This is in contrast to up to twelve deliveries a day in some areas prior to the outbreak of the war. One hundred years earlier, the poet John Keats sat down just after dawn one October morning in 1816 to write his sonnet ‘On First Looking into Chapman’s Homer’. He put a clean copy into the post in Southwark and it reached the recipient’s breakfast table in Clerkenwell by ten o’clock the same morning.