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of , and all letters brought to any post-office, half an hour before the time of making up the mail at such office, fhall be forwarded therein; except at such post-offices, where, in the opi. nion of the Postmaster-General, it requires more time for making up the mail, and which he fhall accordingly prescribe; but this shall, in no case, exceed one hour.

Sec. 8. And be it further enacted, That

from and after the firft day of June next, the Allowance Postmaster-General shall be allowed, for his to poft fervices, at the rate of two thousand four hun. master.general and dred dollars per annum, his affiftant, at the abitant. rate of one thousand two hundred dollars per

annum, and the Postmaster-General shall be allowed four clerks, whose compenfation shall be regulated in fuch manner, as not to exceed five hundred dollars per annum to each: All the abovementioned compensations to be paid quarterly out of the revenues of the poft-office; and no fees or perquifites fhall be received by any person employed in the general post-office, on account of the duties to be performed, in virtue of his appointment.

Sec. 9. And be it further enacted, That the

deputy postmasters and persons authorized by Rates of

the Postmaster General, shall demand and re. postage.

ceive for the conveyance of letters and packets, except such as are hereinafter excepted, the following rates of postage : For every single letter conveyed by land, not exceeding thirty miles, fix cents; over thirty miles and not exceeding fixty, eight cents; over fixty, and not exceeding one hundred, ten cents over one hundred iniles, and not exceeding one hundred ? and fifty, twelve cents and a half; over one hundred and fifty miles, and not exceeding two hundred, fifteen cents ; over two hundred

miles, and not exceeding two hundred and
fifty, seventeen cents; over two hundred and
fifty miles, and not exceeding three hundred
and fifty, twenty cents; over three hundred
and fifty miles, and not exceeding four hun-
dred and fifty, twenty-two cents, and more
than four hundred and fifty miles, twenty-five
cents; and for every double letter, double
the faid rates; for every triple letter, triple;
and for every packet weighing one ounce
avoirdupois, at the rate of four single letters;
and in that proportion for any greater weight.

Sec. 10. And be it further enacted, That for Rates of all letters and packets paffing by fea, to and

fing by fea. from the United States, or from one port to another therein, in packet-boats or vefsels, the property of, or provided by the United States, postage fhall be charged as follows: For every single letter, eight cents; for every double letter, fixteen cents ; for every triple letter, or packet, twenty-four cents; and for every letter or packet brought into the United States, or carried from one port therein to another, by sea, in any private ship or vessel, four cents, if delivered at the place where the same shall arrive ; and if directed to be delivered at any other place, with the addition of like postage, as other letters are made fubject to the pay. ment of, by this act. Sec. II. And be it further enacted, That if

" Penalty on any deputy postmaster, or other person autho- demanding rized by the Postmaster-General to receive the in

ing beyond postages of letters, shall fraudulently demand nipulated or receive any rate of postage, or any gratuity pollage. or reward, other than is provided by this act, for the postage of letters or packets, on con. viction thereof, he shall forfeit, for every such offence, one hundred dollars, and thall be rens

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