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7. Re-directed parliamentary notices are, like
letters, liable to an additional rate of postage.
8. The senders of parliamentary notices should, if
possible, arrange on the previous day with the Post-
master as to the most convenient time fur posting
them, and state the probable number.
(24.) Notices relating to Voting for Members of
Parliament and Ballot Papers.
1. Notices relating to votes for Members of Parlia-
ment, belonging to any of the classes enumerated in
the Acts 6 Vict. c. 18 and 13 & 14 Vict. c. 69,
can also be sent through the post (with the securities
for their safe delivery enjoined by the Acts) on pre-
payment, in stamps, of the postage at the letter rate
— whether Inland or Foreign, as the case may be —
and of a registration fee of twopence, provided they
be presented, duly directed, open and in duplicate,
to the Postmaster of an office which is aho a Money
Order Office.* On receiving the notices, the Post-
master will compare each with its duplicate, and if
the two agree, the latter will be stamped and
returned to the bearer. The notices must be pre-
sented at least half an hour before the fixed times
for posting ordinary letters.
2. The production by the person who posted a
notice of the stamped duplicate is evidence of the
notice having been given to the person at the place
mentioned, on the day on which such notice would,
in the ordinary course of post, have teen delivered there.
3. They are liable to the usual charge for re-
4. When ballot papers are presented by any
il returning officer to be forwarded by post, the Post-
I master is required to give to such officer an acknow-
ledgment in writing, stating the time when he re-
Jceived it. The prepayment of the postage on ballot
!il papers is optional.
1. The Post Office is not, by law, responsible for
any loss or inconvenience which may arise from the
non-delivery, mis-sending, or mis-delivery of any
letter, book, or other postal packet (even if the
.1 packet be registered). Nor is it responsible for any
', '"jury which a letter or packet may sustain in its
* I transmission.
I 2. To guard against such injury all postal packets
Jwhich are likely to suffer from stamping or from
Ipressure should be placed in strong covers, and even
with this precaution no fragile aiticle should be sent
jihrough the post. It should be remembered that
Every packet has to be handled several times, that it
.s exposed to considerable pressure and friction in
Jie mail bag, and that whenever the bag has, in the
Jourse of transmision, to be transferred by means
pf the Railway Post Office Apparatus, the risk of
njury is much increased.
3. No information can be given respecting letters
which pass through a Post Office except to the
)ersons to whom they are addressed ; aijd in no other
n&j is official informat ; on of a private character
illowed to be made public.
* The posting of these notices is confined strictly to
Post Offices where Money Order business is transacted ;
Ignsequently, whenever such business is suspended at
iny office none of these notices can there be received.
4. Provision having been made, by means of the
British Postal Guide, and the Postal Official Circular,
to supply full and authentic information on all postal
matters, the public should abstain, as much as
possible, from applying for such information to the
officers of the department. When information is
asked for, the application should be in writing, and
addressed to the Postmaster. For any error in a
reply to a verbal application the Department does 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 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.
7. The officers of the Post Office are not bound to
weigh any letters or other packets for the public.
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 wo-d
in the address should be the name of that town,
except when the town is but little known, or when
there are two Post Towns 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
cases the name of the County should be added.
Thus, the last part of the address of a letter to
Newport in Monmouthshire should be —
" Newport,
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 thb
country as well as the town should be given in full,
and should be the last word in the address. Atten-
tion to this latter precaution will olten 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 weil-kDown 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

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