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POST OFFICE REGULATIONS,
paid to the local carrying agent, or left to be paid on
delivery in London, and subsequently collecttd from
the addressee. The letter of advice (see Clause 6),
with any payment desired for transit or insurance
(payment b\' post should be by cheque or money
order, payable to A. M. Bethune), should be sent to
the same add ess by leiter post, and the receipt will
in such case be forwarded liy post.
(13.) Delivery.
1. Letter Carriers and Rural Messengers are pro-
hibited from distributing any lelteis, iiew.-.papers,
&c., except such as have passed thiou{;h a Post
Office, whelher before beginning their K.unds, whilst
on their rounds, or after they h^ve completed them.
Nor are they allowed to receive any payment beyund
the puslMgy for the delivery or collectinii of any
letter, &c. ; lor to deviate from the route laid down
fcr them. Ihe prohibition frum receiving payment
in artdiiion to the postaj^e dues not, however, extend
to Christmas boxes.
2. No person living within the town free delivery,
or within ibe limit of a rural fio^t Iree de ivery,
unle,^s he le t a private box, tan claim to have his
letcers delivered at the office window if a deliveiy by
letter cairier or a despatch by messenger is about to
take place; but lett6:s which arrive by a mail after
which there is no immediate delivery by letter
carrier or messenger, may be obtained by any person
on application at the office window, so long as the
ofKie ia open for delivery.
o. In order to prevent the additional trouble
which is sometimes caused by letters being directed
to a Po-t Office for persons who reside within a free
delivery fom such office, but who have no private
box, a Postuiaater is authorized, when such letters
arrive by a mail for which there is a delivery from
house to hou^e, to refuse to deliver them at the
window (even though initials may have been substi-
tuted for the full name), and to send them out by
the Letter Carriers, except such as are addressed to
the n.ilitary in barracks.
4. Any person can have a private box who is
Killing to pay the appointed fee. When this fee goes
to the revenue it is ger.eral'y fixed at one guinea
per annum, to be paid in advanc •, and for a period
of not less than a year. The eame also, in most
cases, are the terms fur a private bag, except that in
audition there is the cost of the bag itself, and a
charge for conve3'ance, the maximum of the latter
being 10s. 6d per annum, if the bag be conveyed by
a rural messenger, and two guineas if by a c ntractor
for a mail cart, or other horse post. If more tlian
one rural messenger, or more than one contractor take
part in the conveyance of a private letter bag, such is
allowed to charge the full amount of the fee for his
service. Any person residing within the limits of a
town free deliverv, and renting a private letter bag,
is considered to have the accommodation of a private
box at the Post Office, as well as a bag, and is liable
to the full charge for both box and bag.
A Returned Lettkr Office is established in
Glasgow, and all u<jdeliveiable letters addressed to
Glasgow and its sub-offices are di-poped of there.
On reaching the Returned Le ter Office a letier
originating in the Urdted Kingdom is at unce opened
(except in those cases in which the name and address
of the sender are embossed or printed on the cover,
Buch letters are returned unopened), and if f u d to
contain the writer's name and address is returned
to him. If it does not contain either the writer's
address or an article of value the letter is destroyed.
After being retained for periods varying from one
week to two months, colonial and foreign letters are
returned unopened to the countries from which they
were received.
(14.) Re- direction.
1. Every re-directed letter, post-card, or other
postal packet, is liable to an additional pustage (at
the prepaid rate) for each re-direction, unless both
the original and the second address be within the
delivery of the same Post Office, or Sub- Office, or
rural walk, and the re-direction be made by an Officer
of the Post OtKce. Thus, on a paid or unpaid letter,
not exceeding 1 oz. in weighi, r>-directed either by
an Officer of the Post Office, or by any one else, to a
different delivery, an additional postage is levied
of one penny ; and if the weight be more than one
ounce, but less than two ounces, of three half-pence,
and 80 on.
2. Letters original'y ported in the United King-
dom, and le-diiected to any p'ace abroad, are
ciiarged as unpaid letters. Foreign and Coloniol
letters received here, and re-directed to some place
ab oad, are dable to an adiiiiional foreign or colonial
rate of piistaf£e; but if re-di>eclel to some place
within the United Kingdom they are liable only to
an additional inland rate.
3. A registered letter, when re-directed to any
place within the United Kingdom, is only liable to
the same additional charge as an ordinary re- directed
letier. If, however, instead of being taken back to
the Post Office to be dealt with as a registered
letter, it is dropped into the letter box as an ordinary
letter (the woid "registered" not having been
era-ed, or having been erased in pencil only), it
becomes liable to the same treatment as any other
letter marked "registered" and found in the letier
box, and is surcharged with a registration fee of
eightpence, minus the value of any stantps already
affixed for the registration, A regi->tered letter re-
directed to a colony or foteign country is liab e to a
second postage and registration fee, which must be
prepaid.
Exceptions. — No charge for re-direction is made
on Government letters; nor is any charge f)r re-
diiection made on newspapers fmin any place abroad,
unless they have been opened, in which case they
are liable to postage as books. Letter.s, post-cards,
book-packets, and patterns, posted in one country of
the General Postal Union addres ed to another
country of the Union are also exempt fom charge for
re-direction, unless they shall have been in the first
instance addressed to a place in the country where
they were posted, in which case they are chargeable
with the inland rate of the country to which they are
re-directed.
Further, letters addressed to commissioned office's
in the army, navy, or ordnance, or ([jrovided
they do not ejiCced J r.z in weight) to sctio il-
masters or schooimisti esses in the army, or non-
commissioned officers, private soldiers, or seamen
employed on active service in any of her Majesty's
colonies, or on any foreign station, and who, be-
fdie receiving the letters, may have started ou
their return home, or to another station, may be
re-direcied to such officers, private soldiers, sr seamen,

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