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An Act of Parliament created a colonial postal system in 1711, but service was irregular and the number of post roads few until Parliament appointed Benjamin Franklin Postmaster-General in 1753. Franklin's Whig sympathies cost him his position and mail service broke down during the imperial crisis between England and the North American colonies. The residents of Deerfield, Massachusetts, formed a plan to keep up mail delivery in those tense and exciting times. Twenty-five Deerfield, Massachusetts, residents each paid William Mosman twelve shillings to carry mail from Boston to Deerfield in 1773.


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Post Rider, 1772-1773

creator   William Mosman
date   Dec 18, 1773
location   Deerfield, Massachusetts
height   6.5"
width   7.5"
process/materials   manuscript, paper, ink
item type   Legal Documents/Contract
accession #   #L99.087

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