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19. The Commissioners for the time being of Her Majesty's Treasury may, by Warrant under their hands, duly made at any time, hereafter, alter, repeal, or revoke any of the rates of postage hereby fixed or altered, or any of the orders, directions, regulations, and conditions hereby made, and may make and establish any new or other rates, orders, directions, regulations, and conditions in lieu thereof, and from time to time appoint at what time the rates which may be payable are to be paid.

20. This Warrant shall come into operation on the 1st day of July, 1859. Whitehall

, Treasury Chambers, the 16th day of June, 1859. HOWARD TAYLOR.

HENRY WHITMORE.

VENEZUELA.

BRITISH TREASURY WARRANT, firing the Rates of

Postage on Letters, Newspapers, und Packets transmitted to and from l'enezuela, and from Venezuela to British Colonies and Foreign countries. October 4, 1861.

WHEREAS, by an Act of Parliament, passed in the 4th year of the reign of Her present Majesty, intituled “ An Act for the regulation of the duties of postage, power is given to the Commissioners of Her Majesty's Treasury, from time to time, by Warrant under their hands, to alter and fix any of the rates of British postage payable by law on the transmission by the post of Foreign or Colonial letters or newspapers, or of any other printed papers, and to subject the same to rates of postage according to the weight thereof, and a scale of weight to be contained in such Warrant.

And whereas further powers are given to the Commissioners of Her Majesty's Treasury, by another Act of Parliament, passed in the 11th year of the reign of Her present Majesty, intituled “An Act for giving further facilities for the transmission of letters by post, and for the regulating the duties of postage thereon, and for other

purposes relating to the Post-Office.”+ And whereas certain powers are also given to the Commissioners of Her Majesty's Treasury, by another Act of Parliament, passed in the 18th year of the reign of Her present Majesty, intituled “An Act to amend the laws relating to the stamp duties on newspapers, and to provide for the transmission by post of printed periodical publications.” * See Vol. 5, Page 248.

† See Vol. 5, Page 247, See Vol. 10, Page 320.

And whereas a new Postal Convention has been made and entered into between Her Majesty's Government and the Government of the Republic of Venezuela.

And whereas it is expedient for the better carrying out the same, that certain regulations should be made for the transmission by the post of the letters and packets hereinafter mentioned.

Now we, the Commissioners of Her Majesty's Treasury, in exercise of the powers vested in us in and by the said recited Acts, and every of them, and of all other powers enabling us in this behalf, do, by this Warrant, under the hands of 2 of us the said Commissioners, by the authority of the statute in that case made and provided, order, direct, and declare, as follows:

1. On every letter not exceeding an ounce in weight, posted in the United Kingdom, addressed to the Republic of Venezuela, or posted in the Republic of Venezuela, addressed to the United Kingdom, and transmitted by the post_between any part of the United Kingdom and any part of the Republic of Venezuela, either direct or via the Island of St. Thomas (the conveyance between the United Kingdom and the Republic of Venezuela or Island of St. Thomas being by British packet-boat), there shall be charged and taken an uniform rate of postage of 6 pence.

2. On every letter not exceeding an ounce in weight, posted in or addressed to any part of the Republic of Venezuela, transmitted by the post between any port in the Republic of Venezuela and any of Her Majesty's Colonies or any Foreign country, direct or via the Island of St. Thomas, through the United Kingdom (the conveyance between the Republic of Venezuela and the United Kingdom being direct or viâ the Island of St. Thomas by British packet-boat), there shall be charged and taken a British rate of postage of 6 pence for the conveyance of every such letter between any port in the Republic of Venezuela and any part of the United Kingdom, and for the conveyance of every such letter between the port in the United Kingdom of the departure or arrival of the packet or ship conveying the same, and the Colony or Foreign country to or from which the same shall be forwarded, such a further or additional rate of postage as shall from time to time be charged and payable for British postage on letters not exceeding } an ounce in weight posted or delivered at the port in the United Kingdom of the departure or arrival of the packet or ship conveying the same, and transmitted direct between such port and any such Colony or Foreign country, provided that in all cases, where such additional rate includes both inland and sea services, there shall be deducted from the said rate of 6 pence the sum of 1 penny in respect of the inland conveyance under this clause of every such letter sent through the United Kingdom.

3. On every letter not exceeding 1 an ounce in weight transmitted by British packet-boat from any port in the Republic of Venezuela to any other Foreign port without passing through the

United Kingdom, there shall be charged and taken a British rate of postage of 4 pence.

4. All such respective letters so transmitted as hereinbefore in the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd clauses of this Warrant mentioned, if exceeding an ounce in weight, shall be subject to the several further and additional and progressive rates of postage hereinafter mentioned, that is to say :

On every such letter, if exceeding an ounce in weight, and not exceeding 1 ounce in weight, there shall be charged, taken, and paid, 2 rates of postage.

And on every such letter, if exceeding 1 ounce, and not exceeding 2 ounces in weight, 4 rates of postage.

And on every such letter, if exceeding 2 ounces, and not exceeding 3 ounces in weight, 6 rates of postage.

And for every additional ounce in weight of any such letter above the weight of 3 ounces, there shall be charged, taken, and paid 2 additional rates of postage, and every fractional part of such additional ounce shall be charged as an additional ounce in weight, and each progressive and additional rate chargeable under this clause shall be estimated and charged at the sum which any such letter would be charged with under this Warrant if not exceeding an ounce in weight.

5. Nothing herein contained shall be construed in any wise to annul, prejudice, or affect any of the exemptions and privileges granted by the said recited Act, passed in the 4th year of the reign of Her present Majesty, or to annul, prejudice, or affect any of the privileges which seamen and soldiers employed in Her Majesty's service are now by law entitled to, of sending and receiving by the post letters not exceeding an ounce in weight, subject to the regulations and restrictions in respect of the same.

6. On every printed British newspaper posted in the United Kingdom, addressed to the Republic of Venezuela, and on every printed newspaper posted in the Republic of Venezuela, addressed to the United Kingdom, transmitted by post between the United Kingdom and the Republic of Venezuela direct, or viu the Island of St. Thomas, by packet-boat, there shall be charged, taken, and paid in the United Kingdom the rate of British postage hereinafter mentioned, that is to say : if not exceeding the weight of 4 ounces, a rate of 1 penny ; and if exceeding that weight, but not exceeding the weight of 8 ounces, a rate of 2 pence; and for every additional 4 ounces in weight, of any such newspaper above the weight of 8 ounces, an additional rate of 1 penny shall be charged ; and any fractional part of such additional 4 ounces shall be charged as an additional 4 ounces in weight.

7. All packets consisting of newspapers, books, publications, or works of literature or art, whether British, Colonial, or Foreign, and all packets consisting of printed votes and proceedings of the

Imperial Parliament, may be transmitted by British packet-boat from any port in the Republic of Venezuela to any other port, without passing through the United Kingdom, at the rates of British postage hereinafter mentioned, that is to say:

On every such packet, if not exceeding 4 ounces in weight, there shall be charged, taken, and paid, for the transmission thereof respectively as aforesaid the uniform single rate of postage

of 1 penny.

And on every such packet exceeding 4 ounces in weight, there shall be charged, taken, and paid, progressive and additional rates of postage as follows, that is to say :

On every such packet, if exceeding 4 ounces iu weight, and not exceeding 8 ounces in weight, 2 rates of postage.

And on every such packet, if exceeding 8 ounces, and not exceeding 1 pound in weight, 4 rates of postage.

And on every such packet, if exceeding 1 pound, and not exceeding 1} pound in weight, 6 rates of postage.

And for every additional of a pound in weight, of any such packet above the weight of 1 pound, there shall be charged, taken, and paid, 2 additional rates of postage, and every fractional part of such additional of a pound in weight shall be charged as an additional } of a pound in weight, and each progressive and additional rate chargeable under this clause, shall be estimated and charged at the sum which any such packet would be charged with under this clause, if not exceeding 4 ounces in weight.

8. All packets, consisting of books, publications, or works of literature or art, whether British, Colonial, or Foreign, and all packets, consisting of printed votes and proceedings of the Imperial Parliament, posted in the United Kingdom, addressed to the Republic of Venezuela, or posted in the Republic of Venezuela addressed to the United Kingdom, may be transmitted by the post between the United Kingdom and the Republic of Venezuela direct, or via the Island of St. Thomas (the sea conveyance being by British packet-boat), and all such respective packets shall be transmitted in conformity with, and under and subject to, the several regulations, orders, directions, and conditions hereinafter mentioned and contained relating thereto. And all such respective packets so transmitted and chargeable with postage under this clause, shall be subject to the several progressive and additional rates of postage hereinafter mentioned, that is to say:

On every such packet, if not exceeding 4 ounces in weight, there shall be charged, taken and paid for the transmission thereof respectively, as aforesaid, the uniform single rate of postage of 3 pence.

And on every such packet exceeding 4 ounces in weight, there shall be charged, taken, and paid, progressive and additional rates of postage as follows, that is to say :

is to say :

On every such packet, if exceeding 4 ounces in weight, and not exceeding 8 ounces in weight, 2 rates of postage.

And on every such packet, if exceeding 8 ounces, and not exceeding 1 pound in weight, 4 rates of postage.

And on every such packet, if exceeding 1 pound, and not exceeding 1} pounds in weight, 6 rates of postage ;

And for every additional } of a pound in weight of any such packet above the weight of 1 pound, there shall be charged, taken, and paid 2 additional rates of postage ; and every fractional part of such additional of a pound in weight shall be charged as an additional of a pound in weight, and each progressive and additional rate chargeable under this clause shall be estimated and charged at the sum which any such packet would be charged with under this Warrant if not exceeding 4 ounces in weight.

1. Every packet which shall be transmitted by the post under the 6th, 7th, and 8th clauses of this Warrant, shall be so transmitted in conformity with, and under and subject to, the several regulations, orders, directions, and conditions hereinafter contained, that

Every British newspaper which shall be posted in the United Kingdom, under the provisions of this Warrant, shall be printed and published at intervals not exceeding 31 days between any 2 consecutive numbers or parts of such publication, and the same shall be registered by the proprietor or printer thereof at the General Post-Office in London, and shall be posted within 15 days from the date of its publication, and the title and date of the news, paper shall be printed at the top of every page thereof.

There shall be no word or communication printed on any newspaper transmitted by the post under the provisions of this Warrant after the publication thereof, or upon any cover thereof, nor any writing or marks upon any such newspaper, or upon any cover thereof, other than and except the name and address of the person to whom the same is sent, but the name or title of such newspaper, and the name and address of the publisher, newsvendor, or agent, by whom the same is sent, may be printed on the cover thereof.

There shall be no paper or thing enclosed in or with any such newspaper.

No packet which in length, or breadth, or width, shall exceed the dimensions of 2 feet, shall be forwarded by the post under the 6th, 7th, and 8th clauses of this Warrant.

The terms, “ books, publications, or works of literature or art” in this Warrant used, shall, for the purposes of this Warrarlt, mean and comprise all such articles as in their general character are either literary, or consist of printed, written, engraved, or lithographed matter (although not strictly literary), including books (whether printed, written, or plain), publications, or compilations (whether in print or in manuscript), almanacs, printed or lithographed letters, and such artistic productions as prints, maps (whether on paper or

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