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Post Haste

Robert Michael Ballantyne (1825-1894)

1. Prologue
2. Chapter 1- A Hero and His Worshipper
3. Chapter 2- Tells of Woman's Work, and Some of Woman's Ways
4. Chapter 3- Brilliant Prospects
5. Chapter 4- The Royal Mail Steamer
6. Chapter 5- Wreck and Rescue
7. Chapter 6- Treats of Poverty, Pride and Fidelity
8. Chapter 7- Phil Begins Life, and Makes a Friend
9. Chapter 8- Downward- Deeper and Deeper
10. Chapter 9- Mr. Blurt and George Aspel in Peculiar Circumstances
11. Chapter 10- A Mystery Cleared Up
12. Chapter 11- The Letter-Carrier Goes His Rounds, Aids a Little Girl, and Overwhelms a Lady Statistically
13. Chapter 12- In Which a Bosom Friend is Introduced, Rural Felicity is Enlarged on, and Deep Plans are Laid
14. Chapter 13- Miss Lillycrop Gets a Series of Surprises
15. Chapter 14- Formation of the Pegaway Literary Association and Other Matters
16. Chapter 15- George Aspel Receives Various Visitors at the Ornithological Shop, and is Called to Vigorous Action
17. Chapter 16- Begins with Juvenile Flirtation, and Ends with Canine Cremation
18. Chapter 17- Tottie and Mrs Bones in Difficulty
19. Chapter 18- Business Interfered with in a Remarkable Manner
20. Chapter 19- Deep-Laid Plans for Checkmating Mr Bones
21. Chapter 20- The Post of the Olden Time
22. Chapter 21- Tells of a Series of Terrible Surprises
23. Chapter 22- Shows How One Thing Leads to Another, and so on
24. Chapter 23- The Turning Point
25. Chapter 24- Plans and Counter Plans
26. Chapter 25- Light Shining in Dark Places
27. Chapter 26- Tells of a Sham Fight, and a Real Battle
28. Chapter 27- The Greatest Battle of All
29. Chapter 28- The Storming of Rocky Cottage and Other Matters
30. Chapter 29- Describes an Interview and a Rencontre
31. Chapter 30- The Last

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In this book, Ballantyne weaves the story of Phillip Mayland and his friend, George Aspel with an interesting portrayal of the British Post Office as it existed in the 19th century. In the words of R. M. Ballantyne himself: "This tale is founded chiefly on facts furnished by the Postmaster-General’s Annual Reports, and gathered, during personal intercourse and investigation, at the General Post-Office of London and its Branches. It is intended to illustrate—not by any means to exhaust—the subject of postal work, communication, and incident throughout the Kingdom. I have to render my grateful acknowledgments to Sir Arthur Blackwood; his private secretary, Charles Eden, Esquire; and those other officers of the various Departments who have most kindly afforded me every facility for investigation, and assisted me to much of the information used in the construction of the tale. If it does not greatly enlighten, I hope that it will at all events interest and amuse the reader." R.M. Ballantyne.