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Post rider receipt


During the late 1600s, ideas for East Coast inter-colonial postal service began to circulate. In 1684 New York's Governor Dongan proposed the most ambitious idea yet - a chain of post houses from Nova Scotia to the Carolinas. It was never fully realized because of the small volume of mail; only one route was created between New York and Boston. But the idea was also never abandoned. Governor Andros of Massachusetts was interested in such a service.

By 1667 Andros was corresponding with John Allyn of Hartford, Connecticut about his plan to have mail couriered between Boston, Massachusetts and Hartford, Connecticut once a month. Allyn supported this idea suggesting that the trip be made once every three weeks during the summer months. Andros had a man for the job in John Perry. He was familiar with the route and was already making regular trips to Connecticut. Perry had previously carried letters from Governor Andros to the Connecticut government. Though suspected by some of opening letters, Perry remained in the service until his arrest during the Massachusetts revolution against the Dominion of New England in 1689.

This post rider receipt vouched that John Perry carried letters from Edmond Andros (1637-1714), Governor of Massachusetts, to Connecticut. The document is dated Boston, March 19, 1686[1687] and bears John Perry's mark.

March 19, 1687
paper; ink
Height x Width: 2 3/4 x 7 3/4 in. (6.99 x 19.69 cm)
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