Their proposal to guard the horse and cross-post mails, though repeated again and again, continued to be rejected.
The postmasters were strictly enjoined to stamp the bye and cross-post letters.
This was, in effect, to establish a cross-post at a time when cross-posts did not exist.
Freeling proposed as an alternative that the horse and cross-post mails should be guarded.
From the bye and cross-post letters the postmasters-general had received, at the highest, 4000 a year.
Then there was the very ancient game of the quintain, which consisted of an upright post with a cross-post turning upon a pin.
On the bye and cross-post letters the postage for the year 1719 had amounted to 4000.
This was the first cross-post set up by authority in the British Isles.
From Liverpool and Manchester the cross-post service to almost every part of the kingdom was at the same time improved.
And before she had written many lines the cross-post boy sent up word that he could wait no longer.