Penny Post

According to Lynda Mugglestone, in her own chapter on nineteenth-century English (Lynda Mugglestone, ed., The Oxford History of English, just out), the introduction of the Penny Post in 1840 led to a phenomenal increase of private letters. While in 1839, approximately 75 million letters were sent, ten years later this figure had risen to 347 million! Quite a few of those should be available for the historical sociolinguist to analyse: very promising indeed (Mugglestone 2006:276).

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