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Chapter 5
Tories and Reformers
Table of Contents

Title Page
Author's Preface
1 The Road through Richmond Hill
2 First Peoples on the Land
3 The European Settlers Arrive
4 From Miles' Hill to Richmond Hill: The Birth of a Community
5 Tories and Reformers
A Picture of Prosperity and Contentment
The Most Pleasant Season
Maple Sugar Time
The Road to Rebellion
A Post Office and a Name on the Map
Colonel Moodie Rides Down Yonge Street
Rebels and Loyalists
Life and Death after the Rebellion
Aftermath of Rebellion
6 Stagecoach Lines and Railway Tracks
7 The Neighbours at Mid-Century
8 Fire Brigades and Fence Viewers
9 Picture Post Card Village of the 1880s and 1890s
10 Rails through Richmond Hill
11 The Flowering of Richmond Hill
12 The Village Transformed
Table of Illustrations

A Post Office and a Name on the Map

James Sinclair assumed his duties as Richmond Hill's first postmaster on January 6, 1836. He marked outgoing mail with red ink if prepaid, black ink if not. Four and a half pence took a letter to Toronto; one shilling, one and a half pence to Montreal; two shillings nine and a half pence to Halifax. Sinclair sent his outgoing mail and received his incoming mail from Charles Thompson's Yonge Street stagecoach line - once a day to and from Toronto and once a day to and from the north.

The establishment of a post office was most significant in Richmond Hill's evolution from pioneer hamlet to settled village. Now the community had an officially recognized, government-approved name, which could be spread through the postal systems of British North America and the wider world beyond. Richmond Hill was on the map.


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