ishment of a post-office in the English-American colonies was passed in April, 1692, and a royal patent was granted to Thomas Neale for the purpose.
He was to transport letters and packets at such rates as the planters should agree to give.
Rates o were accordingly fixed and authorized, and measures were taken to establish a post-office in each town in Virginia, when Neale began his operations.
Massachusetts and other colonies soon passed postal laws, and a very imperfect post-office system was established.
Neale's patent expired in 1710, when Parliament extended the English postal system to the colonies.
The rate on a single letter from London to New York was one shilling, and four pence additional for each 60 miles. The chief officich letters were conveyed by regular packets across the Atlantic.
A line of post-offices was soon after established on Neale's old routes, north of the present city of Portsmouth, N. H., and south to Philadelphia, and irregularly extended, a few