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    This story might still have sea-legs. Trewman’s Exeter Flying Post, or the Plymouth and Cornish Advertiser reported on the evening of Thursday June 22 1815 that:

    ‘Star-office, Four o’clock: A Telegraphic Dispatch to the Admiralty has this instant announced that there is a Messenger on the road from the Coast, with Dispatches from the Duke of Wellington.’

    Research into the Admiralty In-Letters for this period (ADM1, National Archives, Kew) would confirm the existance of the telegraphic dispatch and the provenance of Wellington’s Dispatches and probably the (?Royal Navy) vessel on which they arrived.

    A post-Script timed an hour earlier from the War Department mentions a packet from Ostend with news of the battle but not the result, whereas a longer post-script give unoffical accounts of a victory.

    If this messenger mentioned at 4.00pm in London (The Star-office)was Major Percy and he was landed on the south-east coast, as is likely, he would have arrived at the War Office in London either very late on 20th or the morning of 21st.

    This notice in a leading West Country newspaper printed late in the evening of 20th June was received I imagine from the Admiralty at Plymouth, probably by packet boat or fast post-chaise from the Admiralty telegraph station at Portsmouth.

    This indicates that news of the messenger was known on the British coast during the morning of 20th June, and very likely first brought to london by Admiralty telegraph from accounts from a Navy vessel.