“A powerful engine of civilization”: Rowland Hill’s Post Office Reform

In 1837, Rowland Hill set out to reform the way in which a nation communicated with the publication of the pamphlet Post Office Reform: Its Importance and Practicability. It’s a document which I’m sure many Victorianists are familiar with, but I wanted to raise a couple of points that Hill’s pamphlet signals in terms of national belonging and connectedness, as well as its resonances in the British postal service today. Hill set out to address the problem of the Post Office’s unsatisfactory

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