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1683 - William Docwra & the Penny Post

"In 1683 Robert Murray started a penny post in London. He assigned all his rights and property to William Docwra. William came into conflict with the Duke of York upon whom and his heirs had been settled all Post-Office revenues. The case was tried in the Court of the King's Bench and went against William Docwra. In the next year he was appointed under the Duke, as Comptroller of the District Post, and his hand stamp 'Penny Post Payd' is the oldest postage stamp known."

Source: J.F. Curwen "Kirkby Kendal" Page 360
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