The New Penny Postage part 02
Composer: Dibdin, Thomas
Popular songs often celebrated current innovations and this is a good example. In 1840 Sir Rowland Hill received backing from parliament for a 'Penny post'. Before this, letters were delivered at varying rates, which could be very expensive, and payment was demanded on delivery. Rowland's system was cheap and well organised, and did have very positive results. Stamps were purchased by the sender and had to be attached to the letter before it was sent. The rate of one penny (if letters were very heavy they were more expensive) meant that many more people could communicate across the country.