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Post Office in Winchester VA ending?

compiled by Jim Moyer 8/16/2019

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19 August 1756

Ben Franklin writes to Colonel George Washington

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The Post between this Place & Winchester was established for the Accomodation of the Army chiefly, by a Vote of our Assembly; they are not willing to continue the Charge,

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and it must I believe be dropt,

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unless your Assembly & that of Maryland will contribute to support it,

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which perhaps is scarce to be expected. 

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24 September 1756

Postal Service Ends in Winchester VA

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From Founders Online Footnote:

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3. In response to a request from Gen. Edward Braddock, the Pennsylvania Assembly in April 1755 authorized Franklin to establish a post between Winchester and Philadelphia.

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The service seems to have lapsed after the Pennsylvania Assembly settled with Franklin on 24 Sept. 1756.

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But see GW to David Hall, 28 Aug. 1757, and Hall to GW, 8 Sept. 1757.

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8 September 1757

Another Method of Delivery Agreed Upon

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David Hall, partner in Ben Franklin’s printing office in Philadelphia which published the Pennsylvania Gazette,  wrote back to Colonel George Washington, agreeing to his request to send 30 newspapers over the next 3 months, but that the pony express rider is private and will charge separately.

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