By covering both administrative and non-administrative aspects of the postal network, this four-volume reset edition shows how this system was part of a larger network which included different modes of transport and communication (steamboats, railroads, telegraphs) as well as political parties (the Democrats, Whigs and Republicans).
Richard R. John
Pickering & Chatto (Publishers) Ltd
Country of Publication:
01 January 2012
Professional and scholarly
Volume 1: Administration General Introduction Timothy Pickering, Instructions to the Deputy Postmasters (1792); John M'Lean, Post-Office Law, Instructions and Forms (1825); Francis O J Smith, A Letter Relating to the Administration and Present Condition of the Post Office Department (1835); Arthur W Austin, A Memorandum Concerning the Charlestown Post-Office (1835); Proceedings of a Convention of Delegates ... on the Subject of the Location of the Post Office [In New York City] (1836); 'Cincinnatus', Freedom's Defense: Or a Candid Examination of Mr Calhoun's Report on the Freedom of the Press (1836); Lysander Spooner, Unconstitutionality of the Laws of Congress, Prohibiting Private Mails (1844); Seven Years in the Boston Post Office By an Ex-Clerk ; Nahum Capen, Correspondence Respecting Postal Improvements, and the Removal of the Boston Post Office (1858); J D Westcott, Exposition of Facts and Law, in the Case of G G Westcott, Esq, Postmaster at Philadelphia (1859); San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, Report ... on the Condition of our Postal Affairs (1864); Oliver Wood, Eleven Months as Special Agent in the Postoffice Department (1868). The Legality of Wells Fargo's Letter-Carrying Business: Post Office Department, Wells, Fargo & Co's Letter-Express (1880); Horace F Page, The Origin, Methods, and Important Public Uses of the Letter Service of Wells, Fargo & Company . Abraham D Hazen, The Post Office Before and Since 1860, Under Democratic and Republican Administrations (1880); Thaddeus B Wakeman, The Unanswered Argument against the Constitutionality of the So-Called Comstock Postal Laws (1880); Richard Henry Dana, The Appointment and Tenure of Postmasters (1895); Charles Emory Smith, Greatest Business Organization in the World: The United States Postal Service (1899); Louis F Post, Our Despotic Censorship (1906); James M Beck, Constitutionality of the New Federal Law Regulating Journalism (1912) Volume 2: Contracting Steamboat Subsidies and the Overland Mail Edward Mills, Statement ... in Relation to his Mail Contract with the United States Government ; A Few Suggestions Respecting the United States Mail Steam Service (1850); W C Templeton, Proposals for and Advantages of a Regular Mail Communication ... by Steam Packets between New Orleans and Vera Cruz (1851). E K Collins: E K Collins, Memorial (1851); Anon., Competition . Patriotic Speculations: How to Get Your Foot Out of It ; Robert B Forbes, On the Establishment of a Line of Mail Steamers from the Western Coast of the United States on the Pacific to China (1855); E K Collins, The Ocean Mail Service (1857); B B Meeker, Overland Mail Route from Lake Superior to Puget's Sound (1858); John Roach, Letter ... Suggesting the Experiment of Advertising for Proposals of the Lowest Rates (1876); Pacific Mail Steamship Company, The National Advantages of Government Aid to American Commerce (1877) Railway Mail Controversies: George Bliss, Reply to a Late Letter of the Post-Master General (1842); Executive Committee of the Delaware and Raritan Canal and Camden and Amboy Railroad and Transportation Companies, Report of a Committee of the Joint Board of Directors (1847); Cave Johnson, Letter ... in Answer to a Publication Made by the Joint Board of Directors of the Delaware and Raritan Canal and Camden and Amboy Railroad and Transportation Companies (1847); Executive Committee of the Delaware and Raritan Canal and Camden and Amboy Railroad and Transportation Companies, Reply (1847). Railroad Conventions: Duff Green, Circular to the Presidents of Railroad Companies ; Proceedings of a Convention ... on the Recommendation to Reduce the Pay for Mail Service to Rail Road Companies (1854). The Civil War: Statement Made by the Railroad Companies Owning the Lines Between Washington and New York (1864); Correspondence Between the President of the Virginia Central Rail Road Company and the Postmaster General in Relation to Postal Service (1864). Payment to Railroads for Carriage of Mail: Isaac Hinckley, Postal Cars or No Postal Cars? A Question to Be Settled by the Action or Inaction of Congress (1874); George S Bangs, Railroads vs Postal Cars (1875); George S Bangs, Discussion of the Proper Method of Compensation to Railraods for the Transportation of the Mails (1875). The Contest between Post Office and Railway: W W Baldwin, The Railroad Mail Pay: A Memorandum [c.1904]; C S Mellen, Correspondence Between the New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad Co. and the Post Office Department Regarding the Carriage of Mail (1909) Volume 3: Reform, Part I: 1792-1861 Jeremiah Evarts (ed), An Account of Memorials ... Praying that the Mails May not be Transported, Nor Post-Offices Kept Open, on the Sabbath (1829); Jeremiah Evarts, The Logic and Law of Col. Johnson's Report to the Senate on Sabbath Mails (1829); 'The Virginia Society' for Promoting the Observance of the Christian Sabbath, To the People of the United States [c.1830]; Barnabas Bates, An Address ... on the Memorials to Congress to Prevent the Transportation of the Mail, and the Opening of the Post Offices on Sunday (1830); Edmund Charles, Suggestions upon the Nature and Disadvantages of the Present Post Office Tariff (1844); 'Franklin', An Examination of the Probable Effect of the Reduction of Postage (1844); Amasa Walker, Cheap Postage, and How to Get It (1845); Cheap Postage Association, Constitution of the Cheap Postage Association (1848); Joshua Leavitt, Cheap Postage: Remarks and Statistics (1848); Barnabas Bates, A Brief Statement of the Exertions of the Friends of Cheap Postage (1848); New York Cheap Postage Association, Cheap Postage: A Dialogue on Cheap Postage (1849); Lysander Spooner, Who Caused the Reduction of Postage in 1845? (1849). Cheap Postage: New York Cheap Postage Association, An Address of the Directors of the New York Cheap Postage Association, to the People of the United States (1850); Report of the Committee on Literature of the Senate of New York, on Postage Reform, Made to the Senate, Feb 19, 1850 (1850); Elihu Burritt, Ocean Penny Postage (1854); New York Postal Reform Committee, Proceedings of a Public Meeting (1856) Volume 4: Reform, Part II: 1861-1914 Postal Telegraphy Gardiner G Hubbard, Postal Telegraph (1869); Leonidas Trousdale, The Postal Telegraph System (1869); The Postal Telegraph. Statement of a Few Facts Showing What has Been Accomplished in Europe, and What the Development Might Be in America (1872); S F Covington, The Postal Telegraph (1875); Charles A Sumner, The Postal Telegraph (1879); F H Giddings, Railroads and Telegraphs: Who Shall Control Them? (1881); New York Board of Trade and Transportation, A Postal Telegraph and Telephone: What Has Been Accomplished in Great Britain (1882). The Business Practices of Western Union: J A Price, Postal Telegraphy (1882); Some Serious Considerations Concerning a Governmental Telegraph (1883); E B Vedder, A 'Postal' or Government Telegraph Would be Unconstitutional, Inexpedient, and Dangerous (1888); Gardiner G Hubbard, Postal Telegraph: An Address Delivered ... Before the Chamber of Commerce of the State of New-York (1890) Parcels Post James L Cowles: James L Cowles, A Parcels Post: A Cent a Pound (1894); James L Cowles, The Post-Office the Citadel of American Liberty (1899). New York Postal Progress League ; C A Hutsinpillar, The Parcels Post (1904); George H Maxwell, Perils of Parcel Post Extension: Centralization of Trade (1908); S R Miles, The Menace of a Parcels Post . Charles William Burrows: Charles William Burrows, Further Thoughts on Parcels Post (1908); Charles William Burrows, One Cent Letter Postage: Second Class Mail Rates and Parcels Post (1911). The Widening of the Debate on Parcels Post: W P Bogardus, Post Parcels ; Emma Franz, The Parcels Post: The Mail Order House and their Effect upon the Future of the United States . George Hoyt Allen, I Want a Parcels Post . Debates over the General Parcels Post: World Postal League, The Public Service Post Office (1914); Merchants' Association of New York, Against Further Extension of the Parcels Post Service (1914) Second-Class Mail John J Hamilton, A Plea for the Business Freedom of the American Press (1906); Wilmer Atkinson, Inquiry into the True Meaning and Intent of the Postal Laws Relating to the Public Press (1908); Wilmer Atkinson, Guessing and Figuring Having Failed Try a Few Ounces of Common Sense (1911); James J Britt, Second-Class Mail Matter: Its Uses and Abuses (1911); Frank E Noyes, Zone Rates for Second-Class Mail (1913)