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Allen, Ralph (bap. 1693, d. 1764), postal entrepreneur and philanthropist, was baptized on 24 July 1693 in the parish church of St Columb Major in Cornwall, one of four children of Philip Allen (d. 1728). Much remains obscure about his early life, but his father is reputed to have kept an inn in nearby ...

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Sir (Stevenson) Arthur Blackwood (1832–1893) by Elliott & Fry, 1890 Howarth-Loomes Collection; photograph National Portrait Gallery, London

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Blackwood, Sir (Stevenson) Arthur (1832–1893), secretary of the Post Office, was born at Rosslyn Lodge, The Grove, Hampstead, on 22 May 1832, the only son of Arthur Johnstone Blackwood (1808–1874), groom of the privy chamber, and Cecilia Georgiana (d. 1881), daughter of the ...

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Chalmers, James (1782–1853), Post Office reformer, was born in Arbroath on 2 February 1782, and at an early age became a bookseller in Castle Street, Dundee, and was for some time the printer and publisher of the Dundee Chronicle. He married a Miss Dickson...

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Craig, Maria (1822–1905), Post Office official, was born in Dublin and was the wife, and almost certainly by 1853 the widow, of Robert Craig, a classical tutor, with whom she had at least two sons and two daughters. Her significance lies in her recruitment in 1853 as one of the first female employees of the private telegraph service and the ...

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Dockwra [Dockwray], William (bap. 1635?, d. 1716), promoter of the penny post and copper and brass manufacturer, was born in the parish of St Olave Jewry, London, and was almost certainly the son of John Dockrey (d. 1646×50), armourer, and his wife, ...

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Freeling, Sir Francis, first baronet (1764–1836), postal administrator and book collector, was born at Redcliffe Hill, Bristol, on 25 August 1764. Freeling began his career in the Bristol post office, where he witnessed the successful trial, in 1784, of John Palmer's scheme for a mail coach service. In 1785 he was appointed principal, and resident surveyor in ...

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See Freeling, Sir Francis, first baronet

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Goddard, Mary Katherine (1738–1816), printer and postmaster, was born on 16 June 1738 in either Groton or New London, Connecticut, the eldest surviving child of Giles Goddard (c.1703–1757), a physician, and Sarah Goddard [née Updike] (c. 1700–1770), printer and newspaper publisher...

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Heaton, Sir John Henniker, first baronet (1848–1914), postal reformer, was born at Rochester on 18 May 1848, the only son of Lieutenant-Colonel John Heaton, of Heaton, Lancashire, and his wife, Helen, daughter and coheir of John Henniker, of Rochester. Educated at Kent House School...