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Definition of penny post in English:

noun

[in singular] historical
A system of carrying letters at a charge of one penny, in particular the system established in the UK in 1840 at the instigation of Sir Rowland Hill.
Example sentences
  • Moves towards free trade had led to the abolition of many indirect taxes on goods and services, and in addition the introduction of the penny post in 1840 reduced revenues from the postal services.
  • By petitions, demonstrations, the mobilization of nonconformity, and the imaginative use of the new penny post, it created a widespread animus against the territorial aristocracy, and against Peel himself.
  • This goes all the way back to the water mechanization wave where banks were among the first organizations to extensively use the penny post.

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