Rabbit Trail: Postmistress

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Meg mentions talking to the Postmistress when she stopped at the Post Office to pick up the mail. So, what is a Postmistress?

A postmistress is a woman over the United States Post Office. Here's an article about the first U.S. Postmistress who worked for Ben Franklin.

Mary Katherine Goddard

Goddard was exposed to the printing business and postal system through her family. Her father Giles Goddard was a prominent figure in the community, serving the people as a physician and postmaster of New London, Connecticut. After his death, Goddard's mother Sarah Updike moved the family to Providence, Rhode Island, where William opened his first printing business.

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