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EXPRESS MAIL, AFTER PACKETS and LATE FEES in INDIA before 1870
The book presents original information into a hitherto unresearched field using data from the Asia, Pacific and Africa Collections in the British Library. It describes the Overland mail within India particularly between Bombay, Calcutta and Madras and the ways by which a sender could get mail across India quickly in either direction.
The period covered is from about 1840 up to about 1870, as mail cart and railway services gradually took over carriage of the Overland mail. For the first time, the Express, After Packet and Late Fee services and charges are described from official sources and their successes and failures explained.
A great deal of background information is also provided
in appendices, which reproduce many extracts from original documents
including the Post Office Annual Reports of the period. These discuss
the changing routes of the Overland mail across India and the effects
on postal services of the Sepoy Mutiny of 1857-58.
Other appendices give the dates and closing times of Expresses to and from Bombay and the After Packet from Calcutta in connection with the Overland mail and the growth of the railway system.
The final appendix discusses the service Thomas Waghorn provided across Egypt between the Mediteranean and the Red Sea.
294 (A4) pages
profusely illustrated in B/W with 8 colour plates
Cover binding: Card cover
ISBN 978 0 9545207 2 4
Publication date : 2008
Price £20.00 + postage & packing
Places & Subjects: India
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