Express Mail, After Packets and Late Fees in India before 1870




The book presents original information into a hitherto unresearched field using data from the Asia, Pacific and Africa Collections in the British Library. It describes the Overland mail within India particularly between Bombay, Calcutta and Madras and the ways by which a sender could get mail across India quickly in either direction.

The period covered is from about 1840 up to about 1870, as mail cart and railway services gradually took over carriage of the Overland mail. For the first time, the Express, After Packet and Late Fee services and charges are described from official sources and their successes and failures explained.

  • Authors: Robert Johnson & Max Smith
  • Date: 2008
  • Awarded a Large Vermeil medal at Indipex 2011