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The Ninth Report Fees, Gratuities, Perquisites Ireland

31/01/1810

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Ill' II 3j - ( Ireland.)— Ninth REPORT OF THE COMMISSIONERS [ Appx. viz. Letters for Dublin, Letters for the'Country p& ffing through Dublin to be forwarded by that night's Mail, and Letters for Great Britain or parting through it, to be forwarded by the Britifh Mail. The Dublin delivery of General Poft Letters is divided into fifteen Walks, the Alphabet and the Penny Poll ; to each Walk is attached, in proportion to its extent, a certain number of Letter Carriers, each of whom gives fecurity to the amount of ic 2CO. to account for the Poftage charged againft him, buUie who is felefted to be head Letter Carrier of the Walk, is held generally refponlible for the whole I'oftage of his Walk. The Officers of the Alphabet and Penny Poll, and the head Letter Carrier of each Walk attend, every morning at the Inland Office, and receive from within the Letters belonging to their refpec- tive divifions, and after having reckoned the amount of the Poftage, and found it to agree with the charge made up by the Sorting Clerk, they carry them away for delivery; but previous to the Letters leaving the Office, the amount of the charge againft each Walk, the Alphabet and Penny Poll, is entered in books kept for that purpofe, and in fheets. Thefe fheets are fent to the Treafurer's Office, and a daily Return is made to the Accountant General of the total amount of the Poftage charge arifing from the Mails brought into the Inland Office, and of its difpofal, flating the amount to be forwarded, and the amount fent outTor delivery, diftinguifhing the charge againft each Walk, the Alphabet and the Penny Poft. A Report is alfo made every day to the Poftmafters General and the Secretary, figned by Examinant and the Deputy Comptroller, of the principal tranfaftions of the Poft Office cn the preceeding evening and on the morning of the day on which it is made. In the evening fide it ftates the arrival of Englifh Mails, the amount of Poftage on the. paid and unpaid Letters refpec- tively in the Mails difpatched Inland, the names of the afting Clerks of the Roads on duty, the Officers abfent, and the extra- probationers on duty in their places, the hour at whicheach Mail Coach was difpatched, and the whole number of Letters outwards; in the morning fide, the Report ftates the Englifh Mails arrived or clue, the hour of arrival of the Mail Coaches, • noting the bags not arrived, if any, the whole amount of Letters inward.--, and advances - thereon, the amount of Poftage delivered to Letter Carriers, the hour at which the laft charge was delivered, the hour of difpatching the Letter Carriers, and the hour at which the preceding day's delivery in Dublin was finifhed, the Officers abfent, and the extra- probationers on duty in their places. In refpect to poft- paid Letters ( which are generally fuppofed to contain property), and Letters delivered to the Deputies as Money Letters, greater precaution is taken than in ordinary cafes, both as to their difpatch from the Country and their delivery in Dublin ; the Deputy Poftmnfter enters the addrefs of each poft- paid Letter on the back of the Letter Bill, and on the arrival of the Mail, the Sorting Clerk who opens the bag com- pares the poft- paid Letters it contains with fuch entry, and hands them to the Infpe& or of Letter Carriers, with a ticket of their number, which if found to be correcl he figns and re- turns ; the fnfpe£ tor then enters in a book the number of fuch Letters received from each Sorting Clerk, and forts thera to the different Wafks, making a particular entry of the num- ber given fo each head Letter Carrier. By the head Letter Carriers they are divided among the alfiftant Letter Carriers, each of whom enters in a book the addreffes of the Letters he receives. The addrefies of Letters delivered to the Deputies in the Country as Money Let- ters, are entered 011 the front of the Deputy Poftmafters Letter Bill, which calls the attention of the Sorting Clerk move immediately to them. He takes fuch Letters to the Infpefcfor of Franks, who is appointed to this duty, and who en examining and comparing them with the entry on the Letter Bill, figns his name to it, as a difcharge to the Officer who opened the bag ; he then enters the addreffes of the Letters in a book, and hands them to the individual Letter Carrier who is to deliver them, and takes his fignaturein his book as his difcharge for fuch Letters, giving him at the fame time a printed receipt to be figned by the perfons to whom the Letters are addrefled; this receipt remains in the Letter Carriers hands as a voucher of the regular delivery of the Letters. The Britifh Letters addrefled Inland are fent from the Britifh Mail Office to the Inland Office, in fealed bags forted for each Road; the Letters from the receiving houfes come in at half- paft five 111 the evening, the Letter Carriers come in at half- paft fix with the Letters which they colfeft by ringing their bells, and at feven the Poft Office is clofed ; during fifteen minutes after feven, Letters are received at threepence each, which is the perquifite of the mefiengers. From that time while the Mail remains in the Office, Letters are received at half- a- crown and threepence each, the half- crown being the perquifite of the Officer who makes up and feals the bag, and the threepence that of the Meftenger. The Letters for difpatch outwards are divided into fix divifions, cor- refponding with the Poft Office divifions of the Country, and when taxed are clafled accord- ing to the Poft Towns in each divifion to which they belong, and with the Mail is tranf- mitted to each Poftmafter ; a Letter Bill or Docket, fpecifying the amount of the Poftagc charged on the Letters it contains, and a fheet containing the amount of the charge againft each Poft Town, is returned to the Letter Bill Office. This Docket the Deputy Poftmafter iu required to return to the Inland Office by the next Mail, ftating the a& ual amount of the charge 011 the Letters received therewith, and cf any increafe arifing from an advance of Poftage on fuch as had been undercharged; from the Inland Office the Docket is fent to the Letter Bill Office. Owing to the celerity with which the Letters are forted and the Mails - made up, fome difference unavoidably occurs between the amount of the Portage ftatcd in the Docket on the difpatch of the Mails, and that admitted by the Poftmafter; the charge therefore againft him is always made from his own ftatement of the Account; but when allow- ances for overcharges arc frequently claimed by the fame Postmaster, fraud is suspected, and meafures are taken for its difcovery. Examinant receives a return from the Dead Letter Office .- of all Letters inif- fent to Deputies and for which they claim credit, and the Sorting Clerk by whom each Letter was mif- fent is fined. Letters addrefled to individuals in the Country who rMCome to Dublin, are_ flopped at the Inland Office if they defire it, for any period . they may be lefidcnt
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