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John Palmer of Bath 1742 – 16 August 1818

John Palmer

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John Palmer of Bath (1742 – 16 August 1818. Instigator of the postal reforms in England


John Palmer Bath was the son of a Bath brewer and theatre owner who inherited his father's Old Orchard Street Theatre, he was also the instigator of the British system of mail coaches that was the beginning of the great British post office reforms with the introduction of an efficient mail coach delivery service in Great Britain during the late 18th century. He was Mayor of Bath on two occasions and Comptroller General of the Post Office, and later served as Member of Parliament for the constituency of Bath between 1801 and 1807.
He was appointed Comptroller General of the Post Office on 11 October 1786, but there was some delay in paying him his share of the very substantial increase in revenue (which had risen from £51,000 in 1784 to £73,000 in 1787). He was eventually granted a payment of arrears after a commission of inquiry investigated in 1789, but not the full sum that he claimed.
John Palmer died at Brighton in 1818, and was buried in the Abbey Church at Bath.