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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 attentive, and quick to respond, how long would it take for a response to be delivered? The Dictionary of Victorian London includes a number of quotes from ...


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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 été publié sur Instagram le 29 avril 2020 par Véronique de Bure, une auteure française et directrice littéraire chez Flammarion. Translation of the accompanying ...


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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 the link). My French isn't so good, but I didn't immediately see any mention of plague in the letters around that date. This shorter, searchable edition doesn'...


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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 who delivered the General and District mail were consolidated, there were twelve hourly deliveries per day, and ten separate postal districts were created (...


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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 dispatch (obs.); now, by the next mail in the opposite direction. This certainly suggests that if an urgent reply was requested, one would mark the envelope as such ...


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Post stamps bearing the image of Prabhakaran and other LTTE symbols were issued in France, not by the French government but by private users using the ability to create personalized post stamps from an image uploaded by a user. The French government has issued an apology for this, as they consider LTTE to be a terrorist organization. Images of the stamps (...


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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 last year is somewhere between AUD 7.2 and 8.3 million. Source: Berliner Zeitung


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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 matter. When you look at the Royal Mail website, there is an explanation section and below "Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the ...


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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 America that gave birth to the United States of America. Translated from Belgium's Hoax-Net.


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