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Every article to be registered must be given to
an agent of the Post Office, and a receipt obtained
for it, and it sliould on no account be dropped into a
letter-box. If, contrary to this rule, an article marked
" Registered" be dropped into the letter box it will,
if directed to any place in the United Kingdom, be
liable to a registration fee of %d. (less any amount
prepaid for registration) instead of the ordinary fee
At all Post Offices the latest time for posting
registered articles on payment of the ordinary fee is
shown on the notice exhibited in the Post Office
window. Usually this time is fixed at half an hour
before the closing of the Letter Box ; but at the
Head Office articles bearing a late fee of fourpence,
in addition to the ordinary registration fee, may be
registered until the letter-box is closed.
When several letters are sent by the same person
for registration they should be accompanied with a
list (in duplicate) of the addresses ; one list to be
retained at the Post Office, and the other, when
signed, to be returned by the bearer.
The loss of a registered article, as it can be traced
through its whole course, is a rare occurrence. Never-
theless, 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
?mre(7Wto'ec? valuable articles are exposed to risk, and
offer a temptation which ought not to be afforded.
Inland letters or packets which contain coin,
watches, or jewellery, if posted without registration,
are treated as registered, and charged on delivery
•with a registration fee of eightpence in addition
to the ordinary postage ; and any such letters or
packets which cannot be registered in time to be for-
warded by the Mail for which they are posted, are
detained for the next despatch.
By law the Postmaster General is not respon-
sible for the safe delivery of registered articles, but
subject to certain rules, which may be ascertained
at any Post Office, he will (voluntarily and as an act
of grace) give compensation for the loss and damage
of Inland registered letters and other registered postal
packets. The amount of compensation varies ac-
cording to the fee paid, but in no case can it exceed
No town postman is allowed to take a letter to
be registered; but rural postmen will take letters
for registration on their outward and inward walks,
whenever it is practicable for them to do so.
Re- direction.
No charge is made for the re-direction of letters
(including registered letters, post cards, book packets,
sample packets), whether re-directed by an officer of
the Post Office or by an agent of the addressee after
delivery, provided in tlie latter case that the postal
packet is reposted not later than the day (Sundays
and public holidays not being counted) after delivery,
and that it does not appear to have been opened.
Ee-directed postal packets which are reposted later
than the day after delivery, or which appear to have
been opened, will be liable to charge as freshly posted
unpaid packets.
Whenever it may be thought necessary, a receipt
may be required from the addressee of a re-directed
letter at the second address.
If an inland registered letter, when re-directed.
instead of being taken back to the Post Office to be dealt
with as a registered letter, is dropped into the letter
box as an ordinary letter (the word " registered" not
having been erased, or having been erased in pencil
only), it becomes liable to the same treatment as any
other letter which is marked ''registered" and found
in the letter box, and must be surcharged with a
registration fee of eightpence, minus the value of any
stamps already affixed for the registration.
Notices of removal, and applications for letters
to be re-directed must, in all cases, be duly signed
by the persons to whom the letters are addressed,
and in provincial towns they must be sent to the
local Postmaster. Printed forms of notice can be
obtained at the Head Office on application. A sepa-
rate notice should be filled up if it is desired that
parcels may be re-directed.
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.
Arrangements are made for the collection by
postmen of ordinary letters, &c. (not registered letters
or articles intended for transmission by parcel post)
from private letter boxes of approved pattern at
hotels, business premises, offices, &c.
The charge for this accommodation is as follows : —
For one collection daily from a bos on the ground'
floor, £3 a year.
For each daily collection above one an additional
£1 a year.
For boxes above or below the ground floor an addi-
tional £1 a year in respect of every floor the col-
lector has to ascend or descend to make the
For each additional person or firm beyond one making
use of the box, £1 a year.
Pursuant to the terms of section 19 of the Post
Office (Protection) Act, 1884, the following notice
will be affixed to these boxes, viz. : —
'' A Postal packet put into this box will not for
the purpose of any enactment, law, or contract,
whereby the due posting of a Postal packet is evi-
dence of the receipt thereof by the addressee, be
deemed to have been duly posted."
Applications in regard to the collections from private
posting boxes should be made to the Postmaster.
1. Postmen are prohibited from distributing any
letters, newspapers, &c., except such as have passed
through a Post Office.
2. All letters, &c., must be delivered as addressed ;
but by payment of a fee of £1 Is. a year firms or
persons can have letters addressed to their offices
delivered at their private address, and vice versa,
provided that both addresses are served from the
same delivery office. By paying 5s. a year any per-
son may obtain his registered letters at the Post
Office, even although he does not rent a private box.
8. No person living within an official delivery,
unless he rent a private box, can claim to have his
letters or parcels delivered at the office window if
a delivery by postmen or a despatch by messenger
is about to take place ; but letters or parcels which
arrive by a mail after which there is no immediate
delivery by postmen, may be obtained by means of
express delivery.

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