The United States Postal Service

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Stephanie Becker
Mrs. Galaviz
English 12
March 3, 2015
The United States Postal Service
“Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.” These words were scripted on the wall of one of the very first post offices in the United States. And, in the past, those very words rang true, starting with the very first man who inquired to the British about a postal service. The Pony Express was soon to follow. Many brave, young men rode across many miles of dangerous country, risking their own lives in order to deliver the mail to its final destination. Planes and trains came along soon after. And the United States Postal Service was booming. But nowadays many people seem to think that the United States Postal Service is running downhill. We all have something to thank them for whether it is a yearly birthday card, endless love letters, or our monthly paychecks.
All the way back in 1691, a man named Thomas Neele was able to receive a twenty-one year grant from the British Crown for the very first North American Postal Service. The grant would allow him to “erect, settle, and establish” an office that would receive and dispatch letters and packets. The office would “receive, send, and deliver” the same for a money fee. By February 1692, the first official postal service in America had begun (Wikipedia 2).
The United States Postal Service is able to trace its roots all the way back to 1775, when the first

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