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first post

n
(Military) Brit the first of two military bugle calls ordering or giving notice of the time to retire for the night. The second is called last post
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I adjured him to write by the first post and to agree with us for an early hearing; then I asked him if the experience in question had been his own.
and then they put him in his sleigh and escorted him as far as the first post station.
As to the monk, without withdrawing the poniard from the wound, he ran to the window, opened it, leaped out into the flowers of a small garden, glided onward to the stable, took out his mule, went out by a back gate, ran to a neighbouring thicket, threw off his monkish garb, took from his valise the complete habiliment of a cavalier, clothed himself in it, went on foot to the first post, secured there a horse and continued with a loose rein his journey to Paris.
By the first post I got my directed envelope with a dirty scrap of paper enclosed, on which was written with a carpenter's pencil in a sprawling hand, "Sam Bloxam, Korkrans, 4 Poters Cort, Bartel Street, Walworth.
I was six weeks in crossing over the pass and coming down to the first post on Great Slave Lake.
This little conundrum came by the first post, and he was to follow by the next train.

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