from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A town on a post-route, where relays of post-horses can be obtained.
  • n. A town in which a post-office is established.


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  • But when, with the purpose of gaining some intelligence respecting my present place of abode, I asked to which post-town she was to send or carry the letter, a stolid ‘ANAN’ showed me she was either ignorant of the nature of a post-office, or that, for the present, she chose to seem so. — ‘Simpleton!’


  • ‘What! and not know the name of the post-town?’ said I, out of patience.


  • I determined, however, to buy the mare of him, when he should reach the end of our journey, and send her back to my cousin at Osbaldistone Hall; and with this purpose of reparation I resolved to make my uncle acquainted from the next post-town.

    Rob Roy

  • Having made up my packet, in which my earnest desire to vindicate my character was strangely blended with reluctance to quit my present place of residence, I rode over to the post-town, and deposited my letter in the office.

    Rob Roy

  • I was altogether in earnest; and I believe that many a farmer now has his letters brought daily to his house free of charge, who but for me would still have had to send to the post-town for them twice a week, or to have paid a man for bringing them irregularly to his door.

    An Autobiography

  • What is to hinder your facili tating the post-office work, and obliging a lady, by adding the name of the post-town (if it happens to be left out), with your own hand?

    No Name

  • She wrote in a great hurry, and she is not quite certain whether she added the name of the post-town, ‘Ossory.’

    No Name

  • Griffith wrote to Caroline Ryder, and addressed the letter in a feigned hand, and took it himself to the nearest post-town.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 17, No. 104, June, 1866

  • Here was a small post-town called Mill Creek; and near by, the high ridge called 'Bunker

    The Continental Monthly, Vol. 1, No. 3, March, 1862

  • But when a messenger of the Bailie's had returned from the nearest post-town with a letter from Colonel Talbot, all fear on this account was at an end.

    Red Cap Tales Stolen from the Treasure Chest of the Wizard of the North


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