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and be covered by a proper and well fastened
5. Registered letters, &c., must be prepaid as re-
gards both postage and registration fee; except
official letters for Governmeut OflBces in London,
Dublin, or Edinburgh, which may be registered
on prepayment, in s'aiDps, of the registration fee
6. Every letter to be registered should be pre-
sented at the counter, and a receipt obtained for it,
and should on no account be dropped into the letter-
hox. If, contrary to this rule, a letter marked
" Eegistered" be dropped into the letter box it will,
if directed to any place in the United Kingdom or the
British Colonies, be liable to a registration fee of 8d.,
instead of the ordinary fee of id.
7. At all Post Offices the latest time for posting
registered letters on the paymeotof the otdinary fee
is entered in the notice exhibited in the Lobby of
the Office ; but upon payment of a late fee of four-
pence, in addition to the ordinary registration fee,
letters, whether inland, foreign, or colonial, may be
registered after the hours specified, until the closing
ot the letter-box fur each despatch, or the office is
closed for the night.
8. The registration of a packet makes its trans-
mission much more secure, inasmuch as, under
ordioary circumstances, a registered packet can be
traced through its whole course ; and thus the loss
of a registered packet is a very rare occurrence.
Nevertheless, large sums of money or other articles
of great value should not be sent through the post,
even if the packet be registered; as the machinery of
the Department is not arranged with a view to such
transmissions. By law the Post Office is not re-
sponsible for the safe delivery of registered packets ;
though any officer who may neglect his duty on
this point will be called to strict account. Sent in
wrere^zs<eredletters, valuable articles are ex posediori^k,
and offer a temptation which ought not to be created;
and the Department carmot in any way undertake the
safe conveyance of such packets. All inland or colo-
nial letters, therefore, which contain coin ; and all
inland letters which contain watches or jewellery,
even though they be posted without registration,
are treated as registered, and charged on delivery
with a double registration fee of eightpence in addi-
tion to the ordinary postage; and any such letters
which cannot be registered in time to be forwarded by
the Mail for which they are posted, are detained for
the next despatch. Even if the letter do not contain
any article of intrinsic value, it should, if it be very
important, be registered.
9. No letter carrier, rural messenger, or other
servant of the Post Office, is allowed to carry a
letter for any person to be registered.
(17.) Modes o/ prepayment.
1. Inland letters, newspapers, and book packets
cannot be prepaid in money at any Provincial Post
Office, but must be prepaid by means of stamps, either
sdhesive, embossed, or impressed. This rules applies
also to registered letters.
2 Letters for places abroad must be prepaid wholly
in stamps. This rule also applies to registered
3. Newspapers, book-packets, and sample-packets
for places abroad can be prepaid only by means of
Stamps; in their case prepayment ualwoys compulsory.
4. British postage stamps, though available for all
letters, &c., going out of this countrj^, are not, as a
general rule, available for letters, &c., coming into it;
the principal exception being in the case of letters
posted by Naval Officers, Marines, and Seamen serv-
ing abroad, which, if posted in the ship's bag, must
be prepaid by means of British postage stamps.
(18.) Letters for Non- Commissioned Officers, Soldiers
and Seamen in Her Majesty's Service.
1. Non-commissioned officers, bandmasters, army
schoolmasters (if not superintending schoolmasters
or schoolmasters of the 1st class), schoolmistresses,
private soldiers, or seamen belonging to Her Majesty's
Ships, whether serving on sea or land, and whether
in a British Possession or Foreign Country, as also
enrolled pensioners in Canada, can send or receive
letters by Packet or Man-of-War, for a postage of
Id ; but if any such letters have to pass through a
foreign country they are subject, in addition, to
the foreign postage, whatever that may be. Thus
the postage to the under- mentioned countries (in-
cluding the British charge of one penny) is as
follows : —
To or from —
China, Ceylon, India, Japan, or Aus-
tralia, via Brindisi
Chili, Peru, or any other place in the^
South Pacific, via Southampton and >
Panama . . . . .)
2. The Person claiming the privilege must at the
time be actually employed in the service of Her
Majesty, and must not be either a commissioned
officer or warrant officer, viz , assistant engineer,
gunner, boatswain, or carpenter; the privilege not
extending to these officers.
3. If the letter be posted within the United
Kingdom, the penny must be prepaid, as must any
foreign postage that maybe chargeable; and if sent
by a private ship the gratuity of one penny to the
captain must also be prepaid. If posted abroad,
prepayment is not compulsory, but if the letter be
sent unpaid, it is on delivery charged twopence,
together with any foreign postage or gratuity to a
sea captain that may be due.
4. The letter must not weigh more than half an
6. It must relate entirely to the private concerns
of the soldier or seaman.
6. The name of the soldier or seaman, with his
class or description, must appear in the direction;
and the officer having the command must sign his
name, and specify the ship or regiment, corps or
detachment, to which the soldier or seaman belongs ;
the name of the ship or regiment being entered in
7. If the letter be posted in the United Kingdom
for a place abroad, unpaid or iniufficiently paid, or
if the class or descripiion of the soldier or seamen
be not V. riiten in the address, it will be dftained
and returned to the writer for payment of the
postage. •
(19.) Letters, cfc, hy Private Ships.
1. Letters intended to be sent hj' Private Ship
must be addressed "By Private Ship;" and if by
a particular vessel, the name of the ship must be

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