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First Reading

Terry F  •  Link

Thomas Neale (British:1641-1699) is renowned as being, amongst other things, the first postmaster general of the colonial United States.

Neale was an MP for 30 years, Master of the Mint and the Transfer Office, Groom Porter, gambler and entrepreneur. His projects ranged from the development of Seven Dials, Shadwell, East Smithfield and Tunbridge Wells, to land drainage, steel and papermaking, mining in Maryland and Virginia, raising shipwrecks, to developing a dice to check on cheating at gaming. He was also the author of numerous tracts on coinage and fund-raising, and was involved in the idea of a National Land Bank, the precursor of the Bank of England. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thom…

Second Reading

Bill  •  Link

Thomas Neale, Esquire, now turned brewer since he has consumed a rich wifes fortune, and his own estate; he has a promise his son shall marry Moll Daveys's daughter, and to be made a Viscount, and maintained if his brewhouse fail. Formerly called Golden Neal, now, Brazen Groom Porter.
---A Seasonable Argument ... for a New Parliament. Andrew Marvell, [1677] 1776.

Bill  •  Link

NEALE, THOMAS (d.1699?), master of the royal mint and groom-porter; master and worker of the royal mint, 1678-99; groom-porter to Charles II, c. 1684; as master of the transfer office conducted public lotteries; engaged in banking and building and mining schemes, and in East India trade.
---Dictionary of National Biography: Index and Epitome. S. Lee, 1906.

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