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for posting ordinary letters. They are liable to the
usual charge for re-direction.
34. Poll- Books. — When a poll-book is presented
by any returning officer to be forwarded by post, the
Postmaster is required to give to such officer an
acknowledgment thereof in writing, stating the time
when he received it.
35. No registration fee is demanded for poll-books,
and prepayment of the postage is optional, without
regard to weight or size.
36. Letter Carriers and Rural Messengers are pro-
hibited from distributing any letters, newspapers, &c,
whether before beginning their rounds, whilst on
their rounds, or after they have completed them, ex-
cept such as have passed through a Post Office.
Neither are they allowed to receive any payment
beyond the postage for the delivery or collection of
any letter or newspaper, nor to deviate from the route
laid down for them. The prohibition, however, from
receiving payment in addition to the postage does
not extend to Christmas gratuities.
37. Delivery at Window. — No person living within
the town free delivery, unless he rent a private box,
can claim to have his letters at the office window.
38. In order to prevent the additional trouble
which is sometimes caused by letters being directed
to the Post Office, although for persons residing within
the free delivery, but who have no private box, the
officers of the Post Office are authorized, when such
letters arrive, to refuse to deliver them at the window
(even though initials may be substituted for the name),
and to send them out by the Letter Carriers.
39. Private Boxes. — Any person can have a pri-
vate box who is willing to pay the appointed fee,
which is fixed at one guinea per annum to be paid
in advance, and for a period of not less than a year.
40. The Post Office is not responsible for any
injury which books or other articles forwarded by
post may sustain, and the public therefore should not
employ the Post Office for the conveyance of any-
thing likely to suffer injury, unless such thing be
sufficiently protected ; neither is it responsible for
any loss or inconvenience which may arise from the
mis-sending, mis-delivery, loss, &c, of a letter or
any other postal packet.
Limit to Size of Letters, cjc — With the following
exceptions, no inland or foreign letter, &c, can be
forwarded by the post which is more than two feet
in length, or one foot in breadth or depth. The
exceptions are —
§ 1. Packets to or from an3' of the Government
cffices or departments, or public officers.
§ 2. Petitions or addresses to the Queen, whether
directed to her Majesty, or forwarded to any member
of either House of Parliament.
§ 3. Petitions to either House of Parliament,
forwarded to any member of either House.
§ 4. Printed Parliamentary proceedings.
41. Official Information. — No information can be
given respecting letters which pass through a Post
Office* except to the persons to whom they are ad-
* The term "Post Office" applies to all Post Offices,
whether Head-Office, Sub-Office, or Receiving Office. A
" J lead-Office " is an Office subordinate only to a Metro-
politan Office. Both Sub-Offices and Keceiving-Omces
dressed ; nor can the address of any private person
be given, and in no other way is official information
of a private character allowed to be made public.
42. Letters^ cannot be returned to Writers. — Post-
masters are not allowed to return any letter or other
packet to the writer or sender, or to any one else,
or to delay forwarding it to its destination according
to the address, even though a request to such effect
be written thereon.
43. Should 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 bn
endorsed with the words " posted at , under
cover to the postmaster of ."
44. Re- directed Letters, <J'C. — Every re-directed
letter or other postal packet will be liable to an ad-
ditional postage (at the prepaid rate).
45. A registered letter, when re-directed, is only
liable to the same additional charge as an ordinary
re-directed letter, and if re-posted, a second regis-
tration fee must be paid with it.
46. A Postmaster is not bound to re-direct letters
for a person temporarily leaving his home, and not
having a private bag or box, unless the house be
left uninhabited, or the letters would be delayed in
their transmission by being sent to the house to be re-
directed there. In all cases of re-direction, a written
authority duly signed by the person to whom the
letters are addressed must be sent to the Postmaster.
47. Sunday. — During the time the office is open
on Sunday (viz., from eight to nine in the morning),
the public are allowed to prepay foreign and colonial
letters, to purchase postage stamps, and to have
letters registered ; and all other duties are performed
as usual, except Money Order and Savings Bank
business, which, on that day, is wholly suspended.
Sacramental Fast Bays. — On the Sacramental
Fast Days there is one delivery by Letter Carriers,
commencing at 8.10 a.m., and letters are delivered
to Private Box holders and to strangers, as on
Sundays, for one hour after the office is opened at
8.10 a.m. The Paid Letter Office is again opened
for the sale of postage stamps and registration of
letters, from 4 to 8 p.m.
48. Private box-holders have the option of apply-
ing for letters at the office while it is open for deli-
very on Sunday, or of abstaining from so doing as
they may think proper; but no person can be per-
mitted to engage a private box for Sunday only.
49. Change and Bad Money. — No Postmaster is
bound to give change, or is 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 enter-
tained after it has been removed from the counter.
50. Postmasters not bound to Weigh Letters for
Public. — Except as regards foreign and colonial
letters about to be prepaid in money, the officers of
the Post Office are not bound to weigh any letters
or other packets for the public, though they may do-
so if their duty be not thereby impeded.
51. Forbidden Articles. — The officers of the Post
Office are instructed not to receive any letter, &c,
which there is good reason to believe contains any-
thing likely to injure the contents of the mail bag or
are under Head-Offices; but at Receiving Offices letters
are received only, not delivered.
{ The term "Letters," &c, is meant to include every-
thing sent by the post; whether letters, newspapers,
books, or aught else.

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