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POST OFFICE REGULATIONS.
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tical â– 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 Monmouth-
shire should be^
" Newport,
Monmouthshire."
Decorations and devices (in other words advertise-
ments) are only allowed on the outside of envelopes
passing through the post when they cover no more
than the left-hand half, leaving the right-hand half,
the place for the postage stamp and address, quite clear.
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, unless the office is a Railway Sub-Office,
in which case the name of the County should be added.
11. In the case of letters or other postal packets
for places abroad, the name of the country as well
as the town should be given in full, and should be
the last word in the address.
12. Letters for well-known firms and persons in
Glasgow are sometimes addressed "Glasgow" only;
but this practice often causes delay in their delivery.
Letters for strangers or for persons whose address is
not known at the Chief Office, simply addressed
" Glasgow " (and not " Post Office," or " Poste
Kestante, Glasgow,") are not delivered yrom the Poste
Restante, but are sent to the Returned Letter Office.
13. A letter addressed to a Post Office to be
called for is retained one month ; and if not
called for by the end of that time, it is sent to the
Returned Letter Office to be sent back to the
writer. But if the letter be addressed to a Post
Office at a seaport town for a person on board a ship
expected to arrive at that port, it is kept two months.
14. Letters or other postal packets addressed to
initials or to fictitious names at Post Offices are not
taken in, but are at once sent to the Returned Letter
Office.
15. All letters addressed to club houses, hotels, and
other phxces where letters are received to be called for,
should be returned to the Post Office as soon as it
has become evident that they will not be called for.
16. Every letter should contain the full address
of the writer, in order to ensure its return if un-
delivered.
17. To facilitate the delivery of letters, a letter-
box should be affixed to every house-door.
18. Circulars, before being posted, should be tied
in bundles with all the addresses in one direction.
Correspondence posted early in the day not only
obtains in many cases the advantage of an earlier
delivery, but frequently avoids the risk of delay from
irregularity in the working of the trains.
19. Any person who, on receiving a surcharged
letter, has reason to think that it has been wrongly
taxed, should take it, before it has been opened, to
the Post Office to be weighed, and if it then appear
that it does not turn the scale, should have its exact
weight certified in writing. This will in most cases
be sufficient evidence that the letter has been errone-
ously charged ; though sometimes, owing to the paper
being damp when it is posted, a packet weighs more
then than when it is delivered ; and it is the weight
at the time of posting that determines the charge.
20. When complaint is made of a letter or other
postal packet being lost, missent, or delayed, infor-
mation, as precise as possible, regarding ail the facts
of the case should be furnished, together with any
documents that may throw light upon the matter.
The day and hour at which the letter, &c., was
posted, as well as the office at which and the person
by whom this was done, should always be stated ;
and when possible, the cover or wrapper in an entire
state should be sent, in order that the place of delay
may be ascertained by an examination of the stamps.
21. Neither money nor any other article of con-
siderable value ought to be sent through the post,
except by means of a money or postal order or in
a registered letter. Any person who sends money or
jewellery in an unregistered letter, not only runs a
risk of losing his property, but exposes to tempta-
tion every one through wliose hands his letter passes.
22. Whenever Bank Notes are sent by post, even
in registered letters, they should be cut in halves,
and the second halves should not be posted till it has
been ascertained that the first halves have been
received ; and further, in order to afford the means
of identification, a memorandum should always be
made of the number of each bank note.
23. Except where the Surveyor may deem a
longer interval necessary, late letters,* &c., are
received till within five minutes of the despatch of
the mail; although no office is kept open merely for
this purpose after 10 o'clock at night.
24. No late letters, &c. (except Government
letters) are forwarded by the mail preparing for
despatch unless prepaid, and that by stamps, in-
cluding both the ordinary ])ostage and the late letter
fee. The bite fee payable upon Post Cards is the
same as upon letters.
25. Letter boxes for the receipt of late letters
bearing the extra stamp of g-d. are affixed to all Mail
trains in which travelling post offices or sorting car-
riages are run.
26. Sunday. — Daring the time the office is open
on Sunday the public are allowed to purchase
postage stamps and to have letters registered (viz.)
from e/^r/ii toreireeintbemorning; but noMoneyOrder,
Savings Bank, Insurance, Annuity, Postal Order,
or Parcel Post business is transacted on Sunday.
27. At no provincial town in England or Ireland
is there more than one delivery on Sunday, Christ-
mas Day, or Good Friday; nor in Scotland on Sun-
day or the Spring and Autumn holidays.
Penalties for sending Letters oiherioise than through
the Post.
28. Any person conveying otherwise than by the
Post a letter (which by law includes a packet) not
exempted from the exclusive privilege of the Post-
master-General, or who performs, otherwise than by
post, any services incidental to conveying letters
from place to place, wliother by receiving, or by
taking up, or by collecting, or by ordering, or by
despatching, or by carrying or recarrying, or by de-
livering a letter not exempted from such privilege
incurs, by law, a penalty of £b for every letter, and
£100 for every week the practice is continued. A
person sending, or causing to be sent otherwise than
by post, a letter not exempted from such privilege,
is also liable to similar penalties.
29. Exceptions. — The exclusive privilege is con-
fined strictly to letters, and does not therefore extend
* "Late Letters" are such as are posted after the
ordinary time, and cannot be sent forward by the mail
then in nreparation, unless extra payment be made.

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