London letter carrier uniform

From 1793, London letter carriers were issued with an impressive looking uniform which replaced their own clothing: ‘If our Letter Carriers were to have an [sic] uniform which would draw the public attention to their Persons and make it more probable that they should be recollected as Letter Carriers even when appearing in other Clothes and it would occasion their being observed, either if they were loitering in Ale Houses when they ought to be delivering their letters, or if they were frequently seen in Pawn Brokers Shops, or it might enable us to trace home to them any Bank Notes which they might have changed or attempted to get off when stolen…’

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