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HILL, Sir Rowland (1795-1879). Inventor of penny postage.
Letter Signed to W.L. Prattman, 1 page folio (repair to split in horizontal fold), General Post Office, 6 August 1850. Informing him that his recommendation has been fully considered 'and that it has not been found expedient to establish a Money Order Office at Houghton-le-Spring.'

Hill had been dismissed by the Peel government in September 1842, but Peel's fall from office in 1846 facilitated his entry into the Post Office as secretary to the Postmaster General. Nevertheless, problems and frustrations persisted over his postage reforms as Hill's projections of the impact of the penny post on departmental finances proved inaccurate. His prediction that gross departmental revenue would return to its pre-penny level within five years was not fulfilled until 1851.

£250 [No: 26504]
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