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POST OFFICE REGULATIONS.
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addressed to the Postmaster. For any error in a
reply to a verbal application the Department dees not
hold itself responsible.
5. The officers of the Post Office are not bound to
give change, nor are they authorized to demand
change ; and when money is paid at a Post Office,
whether as change or otherwise, no question as to its
right amount, goodness, or weight can be entertained
after it has been removed from the counter.
6. Postmasters are not allowed to return any
letter or packet to the writer or sender, or to delay
forwarding it to its destination, according to the
address upon it.
7. The officers of the Post Office are not bound to
weigh any letters or other packets for the public,
except foreign and colonial letters about to be pre-
paid in money.
8. If a letter be forwarded under cover- to any
Postmaster, with a request that he will re- post it at
his office, the letter, on being re -posted, will be
endorsed with the words "posted at , under
cover to the Postmaster of ."
9. Every address should be legible and complete.
When a letter is sent to a Post Town the last word
in the address should bo the name of that town,
except when the town is but little known, or when
there are two Post Town of the same name, or when
the name of the town is identical with or very like
the name of some foreign town or country. In such
ca=.e3 'the name of the County should be added.
Thus, the last pait of the address of a letter to
Newport in Monmouthshire should be —
" Newport,
Monmouthshire."
10. When a letter is sent to a place where there is
only a Sub-office, the name of the Head Office should
be given. Letters posted in one part of the United
Kingdom and intended for another (as, for example,
letters posted in Scotland and intended for Ireland)
should have the name of the Country to which they
are sent added to the address, unless the letters be
intended for some well-known large town, when
such addition is unnecessary.
11. The number, too, of the house should appear ;
its omission being a cause of delay in the sorting ;
and tending to retard the general delivery. In the
case of letters for places abroad, the name of the
country as well as the town should be given in full,
and should be the last word in the address. Atten-
tion to tUis latter precaution will often assist in
deciphering the name of a town, and prevent the
letter from being mis-sent when there are towns of
the same name in different countries. For example :
a letter intended for London in Western Canada, but
simply addressed "London, W.C.," would be for-
warded to the Western Central District of the
Metropolis in England.
12. Letters for well-known firms and persons in
Glasgow are sometimes addressed " Glasgow" only ;
but this practice often causes delay in their
delivery.
13. A letter addressed to a Post Office to be
called for is retained one month ; and if not
called for by the end of that time, is sent to the
Returned Letter Office to be sent back to the
writer. But if the letter be addressed to a Post
Office at a seaport town for a person on board a
ship expected to arrive at that port, it is kept three
mouths.
14. Every letter should contain the full address of
the writer, in order to ensure its return to him if th 1 :
person to whom it is directed cannot be found. A
much larger portion of the undelivered letters could
be returned if the names and addresses of the senders
were always either fully and plainly written inside,
or embossed on the envelopes.
15. To facilitate the delivery of letters, a letter-
box should be affixed to every house-door.
16. All letters, &c, should be posted as early as
practicable, especially when sent in large numbers,
as is frequently the case with newspapers and circu-
lars, and care should always be taken to see that the
packet falls into the letter-box, and does not stick in
its passage. Much trouble is saved to the office if
circulars, before being posted, are tied in bundles
with all the addresses in one direction.
17. Stamps should be placed on the front, that is,
on the addres3 side of the letter, and upon the right
hand upper corner. On re-directed letters cara
should be taken not to place fresh stamps over those
which have been previously used.
18. The practice of sea'ingwith wax letters passing
to and from the East and West Indies, and other
countries with hot climates (except sucti as is specially
prepared), is attended with much inconvenience, and
frequently with serious injury, not only to the let-
ters so sealed, but to the other letters in the mail,
from the melting of the wax and adhesion of the
letters to each other. The public are therefore recom-
mended, in all such cases, to use either wafers or gum ,
and to advise their correspondents in the countries
referred to, to do the same.
19. When complaint is made of a letter or other
postal packet being lost, missent, or delayed, infor-
mation, as precise as possible, regarding all the facts
of the case should be furnished, together with any
documents that may throw light upon the matter.
The day and hour at which the letter, &c, was
posted, as well as the office at which and the person
by whom this was done, should always be stated;
and when possible, in the case of delay, the cover or
wrapper in an entire state should be sent, in order
that the place of delay may be ascertained by an
examination of the stamps.
20. Neither money nor any other article of con-
siderable value ought ever to be sent through the
post, except by means of a money order or in a
registered letter. Any person who sends money or
jewellery in an unregistered letter, not only runs a
ri.-k of losing his property, but exposes to tempta-
tion every one through whose bends his letter passes,
and may be the means of ultimately bringing some
clerk or letter carrier to moral ruin. Every letter
which contains money or other valuable article even
when registered, ought to be securely sealed, and if
there be postage stamps in it, these should be enclosed
in paper thick enough to prevent their being seen or
felt through the cover.
21. Whenever Bank Notes are sent by post, even
in registered letters, they ought to be cut in halves,
the second halves not to be forwarded until advice as
to the receipt of the first has reached the sender. A
memorandum of the number on the note3 ought to
be kept.
22. Sunday. — During the time the office i3 open
on Sunday (viz.) from nine to ten in the morning,

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