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Registered Letters.
A letter can be registered at the Post Office, which means that the Postmaster acknowledges receiving the letter, by giving the person posting it a printed receipt, on which the address of the letter is copied. The Postmasters through whose hands the letter passes, take unusual precautions to enable it to reach its destination safely. The party to whom a registered letter is addressed, acknowledge its receipt to the Postmaster who delivers it. Letters to be registered must be posted half an hour before the letter box closes for the despatch of the mail by which such letter is to be sent. Foreign, colonial, or ship letters can only be registered so far as the English port from which they are despatched, 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 dominion, is a fee of one shilling, the English rate to France, and double the French postage. The registration fee cannot be paid by stamps, but must be paid in money. Letters can be registered at Receiving Houses.
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 j 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, 01 in charge of parties employed by those merchants and owners, and delivered to the persons to whom the letters are addressed, without charge. Letters under any other circumstances but those mentioned must be sent by post.
Ship Letters brought by Commanders of Vessels, Passengers,
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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 owners, consignees, and shippers of goods on board such vessels), to be in readiness to be be sent on shore by the first conveyance. The crew or passengers render themselves liable to a penalty of 5A for every letter found in their possession after the commander's letters have been sent to the Post Office.
Lettas containing Dangerous and Explosive Substances . . Cannot be sent through the post.
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