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The official district of the Postmaster of Southampton comprehends the town of Southampton, and a circle round it, the radius of which is about seven or eight miles, and Ventnor and Godshill in the Isle of Wight. In this district one general post-office and thirty receiving-houses are situated, employing a postmaster, ten clerks, thirty receivers of letters, and thirty letter-carriers and district post messengers. The principal office is situated in Hanover-buildings.
Postmaster—Robt. Lankester, esq. Chief Clerk—Mr. Wm Cooper.
Clerks—E. D. Williams, S. Cox, G. Freeman, W. T. Michell, C. Gregory, W. Hillier, G. Viney, and A. Starling.
Stamper—E. Peace.
Merchants and tradesmen can avail themselves of the use of a private box at the Southampton Office upon payment of one guinea per annum. By this arrangement the greatest facility is afforded for the early delivery of their letters from the window.
Post-office Money Orders.
Money Orders are granted and paid at the office in Hanover-buildings, between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. except on Sundays.
Money Orders must be presented for payment before the second calendar month after that in which they were issued; (for instance, if issued in October, they must be presented for payment before the end of December), otherwise it will be necessary to obtain fresh orders, for which a second commission must be paid.
All Money Orders must be presented for payment before the twelfth calendar month after that in which they were issued; (for instance, if issued in October, 1848, and not presented before the end of October, 1849, the money will not be paid at all.
After once paying a Money Order, by whomsoever presented, the Post-office'will not be liable to any further claim: the public are therefore strictly cautioned—
1st, To be careful, on taking out a Money Order, to state correctly the Christian name, as well as the surname, of the person in whose favour it is to be drawn.
2d, To see that the name, address, and occupation of the person taking out the Money Order are correctly known to the person in whose favour it is drawn.
Registered Letters.
Letters to be registered must be posted half an hour before the closing of the box for the mails by which the letters are to be despatched. The postage must be prepaid in stamps, but the registration fee of sixpence must be paid in money.
Limitation of Weight.
Unpaid letters must not exceed four ounces in weight. In the event of any such letter being posted, it will be forwarded by the local authorities to the Dead Letter Office in London, where it will be opened, charged with double the prepaid postage, and returned either to the sender thereof, or be given up to the person to whom it shall be addressed, at the option of Her Majesty's Postmaster-General.
Limitation of Size.
A letter to pass by the post, either paid or unpaid, must not exceed the dimensions of twenty-four inches in length or breadth, or width or depth.
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