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Queen Anne's Act

Anno Regni Anne Regine Post Office Act with a royal crest

This document, known as The British Post Office Act of 1710, took effect in North America on June 1, 1711. The postal laws set out in this document remained in effect in North America until 1789. Colonists came to view the postal rates set forth in the act as an excessive and unwelcome form of taxation. The rates were revised by a later act, which took effect on October 10, 1765. 

The act, also known as the Queen Anne Act, created a formula that was used to improve the colonial postal system. It created a deputy postmaster general for the colonies and established uniform rates for carrying letters.