The Bay State Monthly, Volume 3, No. 3 eBook

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[Footnote 5:  How We are Governed.  By Anna Laurens Dawes.  Boston:  D. Lothrop & Co.]

[Footnote 6:  The Hunter’s Handbook, containing a description of all articles required in camp, with hints on provisions and stores, and receipts for camp cooking.  By “An Old Hunter.”  Boston:  Lee & Shepard.  Price, 50 cents.]

[Footnote 7:  A History of the People of the United States, from the Revolution to the Civil War.  By John Bach McMaster.  Vol.  II.  New York:  D. Appleton & Co.  Price, $2.50.]

[Footnote 8:  The Island of Nantucket:  What it was and what it is.  Compiled by Edward K. Godfrey.  Boston:  Lee & Shepard.  Price, paper, 50 cents.]

[Footnote 9:  Wanderings of a Naturalist in the Eastern Archipelago.  By H.O.  Forbes.  Illustrated.  New York:  Harper & Bros.  Price, $5.00.]

[Footnote 10:  Under the Rays of the Aurora Borealis; In the Land of the Lapps and Kvaens.  By Sophus Tromholt.  Boston:  Houghton, Mifflin, & Co.]

[Footnote 11:  Labrador:  a Sketch of its People, Industries, and Natural History.  By W.A.  Stearns.  Boston:  Lee & Shepard.  Price, $1.75.]

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MEMORANDA FOR THE MONTH.

The reduction of letter postage from two cents per half-ounce to two cents per ounce, which took effect July 1st, suggests a few words in regard to postal matters in general.  The collection of news by post-carriers is said to have originated in the regular couriers established by Cyrus in his Persian kingdom about 550 B.C.  Charlemagne employed couriers for similar purposes in his time.  The first post-houses in Europe were instituted by Louis XI. of France.  Post-chaises were invented in the same country.  In England in the reign of Edward IV., 1784, riders on post-horses went stages of the distance of twenty miles from each other in order to convey to the king the earliest intelligence of war.  Post communication between London and most towns of England, Scotland, and Ireland existed in 1935.  The penny-post was first set up in London and its suburbs in 1681 as a private enterprise, and nine years later became a branch of the general post.  Mail coaches, for the conveyance of letters, began to run between London and Bristol in 1784.  The postal system of the American colonies was organized in 1710.  Franklin, as deputy postmaster-general for the colonies, established mail-coaches between Philadelphia and Boston in 1760.  Previous to 1855 the rates of postage were according to distance.  The uniform three-cent rate was adopted in 1863.  Money-order offices were instituted in England as early as 1792.  They were established in this country in 1864, and there is no safer way to remit small amounts.

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