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Foreign, colonial, or ship letters can only be registered so far as the English port from which they are dispatched, with the exception of letters for France, or whose route is through France. The French government undertakes to provide for the security of letters, as long as they are in the French territory. The charge for registration for letters directed to any part of the United Kingdom, is only one shilling, besides the postage. The same charge is made for registered foreign, ship, and colonial letters, with the exception of those for France, or that pass through France. The charge made for a registered letter directed to any part of the French dominions, is a fee of one shilling, the English rate to France, and double the French postage. The registration fee must be paid in money. Letters can he registered at Receiving Houses.
44.—Illegal conveyance of Letters.
Letters, under the following circumstances, can be conveyed otherwise than by post:—A letter sent by a private friend, if he deliver it to the party to whom it is addressed, without charge; letters sent by a messenger on purpose; letters sent out of the country by a private vessel;* letters concerning goods, sent by common carriers, delivered with such goods, without charge; letters of merchants, of owners of vessels, or of the cargo in them, provided the letters be sent by such vessels, or in charge of parties employed by those merchants and owners, and delivered to the persons to whom they are addressed, without charge. Letters under any other circumstances but those mentioned must be sent by post.
45. Ship Letters brought by Commanders of Vessels, Passengers, etc.
Commanders of vessels that arrive from beyond seas, must, as soon as they arrive off the coast of Great Britain, collect all letters on board (excepting letters for owners, charterers, and consignees of the vessels, or the owneis, consignees, and shippers of goods on board such vessels), to be in readiness to be sent on shore by the first conveyance. The crew or pas-sengeis render themselves liable to a penalty of £5 for every letter found
in their possession after the commander's letters have been sent to the Post Office.
46. Letters containing Dangerous and Explosive Substances Cannot be sent through the post.
47.—Postage on Re-directed Letters.
Letters when re-directed are subjected to additional postage. The rates charged on re-directed letters are the prepaid letter rates.
* Such vessels as those belonging to the Peninsular and Oriental and Royal West
India Mail Packet Companies, are government contract packets, and are not considered private ships.
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