A Post Office and a Name on the Map
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
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
office was most significant in
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