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penny post

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noun
  1. (formerly) any of various postal systems delivering mail for a penny a letter.

Origin of penny post

First recorded in 1670–80
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Historical Examples

  • But the printer will stand to it, and not own the author; he must say he had it from the penny-post.

    The Journal to Stella

    Jonathan Swift

  • But this has not been the case, I am sorry to say, of late; for the penny-post has become the sole channel of my inspirations.

  • There are, of course, two aspects in which to contemplate the measure of penny-post reform.

    Her Majesty's Mails

    William Lewins

  • I have not seen your mother yet; my penny-post letter, I suppose, miscarried: I will write another.

    The Journal to Stella

    Jonathan Swift

  • I just now received your first letter of yesterday, by the careless negligence of the penny-post.