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Could someone who sent a letter in 19th century London expect a reply within 2 hours?

I interpret the claim to not be about how responsive a particular recipient could be, but to be about how long it took to deliver a letter, and how often this service ran. i.e. if the recipient was ...
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Is this letter from Madame de Sévigné authentic?

A similar text was published on Instagram on April 29, 2020 by Véronique de Bure, a French author and one of the directors for Flammarion, a well-known French publishing house. Un texte similaire a ...
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Is this letter from Madame de Sévigné authentic?

It's hard to prove a negative, but here are some points against its authenticity: This 12-volume edition of Madame de Sévigné's letters doesn't have any letter dated 30 April 1687 (the date given in ...
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Could someone who sent a letter in 19th century London expect a reply within 2 hours?

In the 1850s, the postal system was reformed. From that time until WWI, there were twelve deliveries per day in London: In order to improve the London system, the separate corps of letter-carriers ...
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Could someone who sent a letter in 19th century London expect a reply within 2 hours?

From the Oxford English Dictionary, the origin of the expression "by return of post": By return of post (F. par retour du courrier): orig. by return of the 'post' or courier who brought the ...
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Is the Australia Post CEO the highest paid postal executive on the planet?

No, he ist not the best paid Post CEO. Frank Appel the CEO of Deutsche Post AG (German Post) has a salary of 5.2 million Euro, which when considering the current exchange rate fluctuations within the ...
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Is it illegal to post (mail) books and newspaper from United Kingdom to Switzerland?

According to TrendEconomy.com, in 2020, USD $128 million of printed matter was sent from United Kingdom to Switzerland. According to the Swiss customs administration, there are no bans on printed ...
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Is this letter from Madame de Sévigné authentic?

This is a hoax. In 1687, there was no epidemic in France. The only one recorded at that date was that of measles in the "Thirteen Colonies" which were the colonies of the British Empire in North ...
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