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The Ninth Report Fees, Gratuities, Perquisites Ireland

31/01/1810

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Office.] ON FEES, G R A T U I T I E S , & c. 9 and re direfied Letters forwarded by the Crofs Ports, the credit claimed is allowed on the affidavit of the Poftmafter, who is befides required to make a return of the fuperfcription of fuch Letters, and of the place to which direfted thereby enabling the General Pott Office to check the credit fo claimed, by enquiring whether the Letters were in fact mif- fent or re- direfted. Should any Dead Letter be claimed, and the poftage paid to the Dead Letter Office, which fometimes happens, the amount is entered in a book and paid to the Alphabet- keeper, and a docket thereof being fent to the Inland or the Britifh Mail Office, as the cafe may be, it is included in the next day's charge againft the Alphabet. The Letters returned to the Dead Letter Office, after remaining there two months, are opened, and if they contain any property or inclofure of value, the particu- lars are entered in a regiftry kept for that purpofe, and information fent to the parties writing the Letters; fhould any property remain after a reafonable time unclaimed, it is paid to the Treafurer, and brought to the credit of the general Revenue. A feparate Account is kept for Dead Letters between Great Britain and Ireland, and every quarter the Dead Letters received from Great Britain are returned to the Poft Office in London, and the Britifh Poftage charged to the Englifh Account; in like manner, the Irifh Dead Letters received in Great Britain are returned to the London Poft Office, and thence tranfmitted to the Dublin Office, and the Englifh Account credited for the Irifh part of the Poftage. It is APPendix » No- it the duty of the Treafurer to receive the Revenue belonging to the Poii Office, and make all authorized payments thereout. By a late regulation the Letter Carriers are required to pay the amount of the charges againft them three times a week, viz. on Tuefday, Thurfday and Saturday, and the Alphabet- keeper and Window- man to make a payment weekly of the charges againft them, the former being allowed to retain a week's charge, and the latter a fortnight's at Appendix, No. 12 the dme of each payment. The Deputy Poftmafters make their remittances in bills and cafh to a Clerk in the Secretary's Office called the Remittance Clerk, who enters in his Bill- book the Poft Town from whence, and the particulars of the Bills received, and in his Cafh- book the Poft Town from whence, and the amount of the cafh received. The cafh on its receipt he pays to the Treafurer, and the bills he gives to the junior Clerk in the Treasurer's Office, who gets them accepted, and after acceptance, if bills of exchange, lodges them in the Bank of Ireland ; but if poft bills of private bankers, he returns them to the Remittance Clerk, by whom they are retained until paid, when he hands the amount to the Treafurer. The Clerk of the Remittances receives weekly from the Treafurer an Account of the bills paid during the week; from this Account he enters in his bill book the date of the payment of each bill, and in his caffi book the amount of the bills remitted by each Poft Town, that had been paid during the week; and on the Saturday in every week he makes a return to the Accountant General of the Sums for which each Deputy Poftmafter is to get credit for cafh remittances, and for bills that had been paid during the week. The Remittance Clerk's cafh book is brought to a total once a quarter, and compared and checked with the Treafurer's receipts, with which, if correct, it muft agree, as likewife with the credits given to each Deputy Poftmafter by the Accountant General. At the end of each quarter he likewife clcfes his bill book, bringing forward to the account of the fucceeding quarter, fuch bills as have not fallen due in the current quarter. By making a Clerk in the Secretary's Office the channel through which the Deputy Poftmafters remittances are to pafs to the Treafurer, it was probably intended to form a check upon this branch of that Officer's receipts ; but it does not feem to have been confidered that the Remittance Clerk, who gives fecurity only to the amount of £ 2,000, while that given by the Treafurer amounts to £ 15,000, is not fubjett to any check himfelf, and may therefore retain the cafh fo remitted inftead of paying it over to the Treafurer; befides, the weekly return which he fends to the Accountant General can be of no avail as a check upon the Treafurer, fo far as relates to bills that have been paid during the week, fuch return being aftually in that refpect made up from that Officer's own Account. Therefore, from the amount of the fecurity given by the Trea- furer, and the greater refponfibility of his filiation, we confider him as the moft proper perfon to whom the Deputy Poftmafters fhould make their remittances ; and to enable the Accountant General to check this branch of receipt, each Deputy fhould at the time of remitting be required to tranfmit to him, as well as to the Treafurer, an Account of the particulars of fuch remittance, and for . that purpofe fhould be furnifhed with a printed form of a letter, with blanks to ( 540 C be
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