28 Feb 2005, 12:31 p.m. - Steve Shervais

London had a most interesting postal system at this time. Below is a link to a history of it. The page is an early 19th Century description, but it does cover our period. http://www.printsgeorge.com/Jane_Austen-places.htm#londonpo

6 Sep 2013, 5:16 a.m. - Terry Foreman

The General Post Office (GPO) was officially established in England in 1660 by Charles II ...The postal service was known as the Royal Mail because it was built on the distribution system for royal and government documents. In 1661 the office of Postmaster General was created to oversee the GPO....The GPO created a network of post offices where senders could submit items. All post was transferred from the post office of origination to distribution points called sorting stations, and from there the post was then sent on for delivery to the receiver of the post. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/General_Post_Office Mail was sent from London in late evening and traveled overnight.