Deputy Postmaster General : correspondence addressed to the Post Office Inspectors, 1851-1902

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Canada. Post Office Dept.
Deputy Postmaster General : correspondence addressed to the Post Office Inspectors, 1851-1902
Sous-ministre des Postes : Correspondance adressée aux inspecteurs des postes
RG 3 B 4
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Library and Archives Canada / Bibliothèque et Archives Canada
Mail delivery within Canada first started in 1693 when the Portuguese born Pedro da Silva was paid to deliver mail between Quebec City and Montreal. Official postal services began in 1775 and was under the control of the British Government up to 1851. It was not until 1867 when the newly formed Dominion of Canada created the Post Office Department as a federal government department headed by a Cabinet minister, the Postmaster General of Canada. The Act took effect in April 1868, providing uniform postal service throughout the new country. In October 1908, the first free rural mail delivery service was instituted in Canada. The Post Office Department was also an early pioneer of airmail delivery with the first airmail flight taking place in June 1918, carrying mail from Montreal to Toronto. The Post Office Department was rebranded as “Canada Post” in the late 1960s, even though it had not yet been separated from the government. In October 1981, the Canada Post Corporation Act came into force, abolishing the Post Office Department and creating the present day Crown corporation which provides post service, the Canada Post Corporation.
This collection consists of letterbooks containing copies of correspondence from the Deputy Postmaster General to Post Office Inspectors. The correspondence contains instructions to the Post Office Inspectors in the regions on such matters as Post Office printing and advertising, tenders, the establishment or the cessation of service, appointments, resignations and removal of personnel, requests for investigations and reports and explanations or amplification of procedures. Included is a volume of confidential and quasi-personal correspondence from the Secretary to various Post Office Inspectors, which is less formal and sometimes most direct in requesting information or in directing the recipient.