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offices money order business is transacted, and all
Letter Receivers in the London District, are per-
mitted, though not compelled, to purchase postage
stamps from the public (provided the stamps be not
soiled or otherwise damaged), at a charge of 2^ per
cent.; the charge, however, never being less than
one halfpenny. Under this arrangement the pay-
ments are as follows : —
For stamps not exceeding Is. 8d. in value,
Above Is. Sd., and not exceeding 3s. 4d.,
" 3s. 4d., " " 5s.
" 5s., " " 6s. 8d.,
" 6s. 8d., " " Ss. 4d.,
The full
price minus
and so on.
6. In order to prevent the temptation to steal
stamps attached to letters, which might be afforded
by facilities for selling them, no separate stamps can
be purchased. They must in all cases be presented
in strips containing at least two stamps unseparated
from one another.
7. In consequence of representations made to the
Post Office by various firms, that there is reason to
believe that iheir postage stamps were purloined by
persons in their employ, the Department has recom-
mended that the name or initials of firms, &c, be
either printed on the lack of the stamps (by arrange-
ment with the Inland Revenue Office, Somerset
House), or the initials perforated through the stamps
by means of a machine devised for the purpose; so
that, the sale of such si amps being i hereby rendered
difficult (Postmasters having been instructed not to
purchase any of them), there may be little or no
temptation to steal them.
8. Paper taken by the public to the Inland
Revenue Office can be impressed with postage stamps
under conditions which may be learnt on application
at that office.
9. Application from persons not in the service of
the Post Office for licenses to sell postage stamps
should be made to the distributor of stamps in the
inland revenue office of the district.
(16.) Registration {Inland and Foreign).
1. The fee for registering a letter, newspaper, or
book-packet passing between any two places in the
United Kingdom is twopence.
2. The fee chargeable for registration to places
abroad will be found in the column headed " Regis-
tration fee" in the Table of Colonial and Foreign
postage. To some countries, as shown in that Table,
a letter can be registered only to the port of arrival;
it being left, in those cases, to the postal authorities
of the country to which that port belongs to continue
the registration or not as they may think proper.
To a few countries, as also shown in the Table, there
is no arrangement whatever for registration.
3. Registration is applicable equally to letters,
newspapers, book-packets, and patterns addressed to
places abroad, except in the cases specially mentioned
in the tables of Colonial and Foreign postage.
4. No letter or packet addressed to initials or to a
fictitious name can be registered; the prohibition,
however, does not extend to letters addressed to the
care of a person or firm.
5. Every letter or packet presented for registration
must be enclosed in a strong envelope, secutely
fastened. If the letter or packet contains money it
must, in order to gain the benefit of the guarantee
described at par. 10, be enclosed in a registered letter
envelope sold by the Post Office , and if coins are
sent, they must on no account be put in loose, but
must be packed and enclosed in such a way as to
move about as little as possible.
6. It is prohibited to send to a country of the
Postal Union any registered letter marked on the
outside with the declared value of the contents.
Letters which may be so marked must be refused for
registration by the officers of the Post Office.
7. Registered letters, &c, must be prepaid as re-
gards both postage and registration fee; except
official letters for Government Offices in London,
Dublin, or Edinburgh, which may be registered
on prepayment, in stamps, of the registration fee
8. Every letter, &c, 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-
box. If, contrary to this rule, a letter marked
'• Registered " 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 2d.
9. At the Post Offices the latest time for posting
registered letters on the payment of the ordinary
fee is entered in the notice exhibited in the
Lobby ; 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
of the letter-box for each despatch, or the office is
closed for the night.
10. The registration of letters, &c, makes their
transmission much more secure, inasmuch as they
can be traced through their whole course ; and thus
the loss of a registered letter or 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 registered ; as the machinery
of the Department is not arranged with a view to
such transmissions. If sent unregistered valuable
articles are exposed to risk, and offer a temptation
which ought not to be created. Inland letters which
contain coin, 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 addition 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.
11. Letters containing coin, watches, or jewellery
cannot be accepted for registration for any foreign or
colonial country in the General Postal Union ; and
if erroneously registered they are returned to the
12. Letters containing coin for any of the British
Colonies not in the General Postal Union can be
registered, and if they are posted without being
registered, they are treated in the same manner as
inland letters under similar c'.rcumstances. For the
regulations relative to letters (whether registered or
otherwise) which contain watches, jewellery, or other
precious articles, for certain British colonies and
foreign countries not in the Postal Union, see page
20, section 9, paragraph 3.
13. By law the Postmaster General is not re-

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