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Rowland Hill’s final Penny Postage plan (November 1839)

This is a draft of the long letter Rowland Hill sent to the Chancellor of the Exchequer with a final plan for the introduction of the Uniform Penny Post. It includes a resume of the history, compilation and context. Uniform postage charged by weight was first introduced on 5 December 1839 when it was reduced to 4d anywhere outside London. It was immediately successful, so much so that uniform penny postage was introduced on 10 January 1840.