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  Francis Freeling

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Great British postal reformer who became the Secretary of H.M.General Post Office

Freeling started work in the Bristol Post Office. On the establishment of the new system of mail coaches in 1785, he was appointed to help the instigator, John Palmer, put his improvements into effect. Two years later he was sent to London, and entered the service of the General Post Office, where he successively filled the offices of Surveyor, Principal and Resident Surveyor, Joint Secretary, and in 1798, sole Secretary, over a period spanning nearly half a century.

He initiated many reforms to the Post Office, including the introduction of local penny posts in large towns, the reorganization of London's postal service and the use of steam trains and steamships to replace horse-drawn vehicles and wind-powered ships.

A baronetcy was conferred on Freeling for his public services on 11 March 1828.

This is a very fine letter, handwritten and signed in ink on a 9" x 7" sheet of notepaper (General Post Office 1830). To My dear Sir, Freeling writes:

I have had a proof struck for you of our List of Members advised to serve in the new Parliament.
I believe it is tolerably correct but it will be further (indeciferable) & when we go to press you shall have another copy.
I do not think that the autographs now sent can be worthy of your consideration but at all (indecipherable) I send them with the affirmation of my sincere regard.
Believe me very faithfully

One horizontal and two vertical corrspondence fold. In very good condition and brighter and cleaner than suggested by my scanner. (Sorry I couldn't decipher it all - I did my best!)