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4. And we do further direct and enjoin that these our Letters Patent shall be read and proclaimed at such place or places as our said Governor shall think fit within our said Colony of the Cape of Good Hope.
In witness whereof we have caused these our Letters to be made Patent. Witness ourself at Westminster, the 12th day of June, in the 39th year of our reign.
By warrant under the Queen's sign-manual.
DETAILED REGULATIONS arranged between the Post Office of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland and the Post Office of Belgium, for the Execution of the Convention of February 17, 1876.*-Signed at London, July 10, 1876.†
Brussels, July 17,
THE Postmaster-General of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland on the one part, and the Director-General of the Posts and Telegraphs of Belgium on the other part,
With reference to Article XVI of the Postal Convention concluded between Belgium and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, have agreed upon the following conditions, which shall be considered as additional to the Detailed Regulations signed at Berne on the 9th October, 1874.
ART. 1. The relations between the Belgian offices of exchange and the British offices of exchange shall be established in conformity to the Tables A and B which are annexed to the present arrangement, and which shall also serve as a guide for the transmission of the correspondence.
2. Post-cards must have the.communications written on the reverse side to that reserved for the address.
They must neither be enclosed in envelopes nor be sealed up, nor have any articles attached to them other than postage-stamps.
3. It is understood that prospectuses, notices of different kinds, &c., may be despatched without band or envelope, and without being folded when the consistency of the paper admits of it.
4. It is agreed that the obligation of marking the number of rates levied or to be levied on articles chargeable with more than a single rate applies to the Belgian or British despatching offices of exchange in regard to the correspondence from or for the foreign countries not comprised in the Postal Union.
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Signed also in the French language.
5. When the postage-stamps affixed to a letter from Belgium, or from the United Kingdom, despatched through the medium of one of the two offices, addressed to a country foreign to the Union, shall represent a sum less than that due for its prepayment, such letter shall be considered as unpaid and treated accordingly; but that one of the two Administrations which shall have sold the stamps uselessly employed by the sender shall be held liable, in case of application, to the reimbursement of the value of the stamps, either to the sender or to the addressee, as the case may be.
As regards the correspondence from countries beyond sea not comprised in the General Postal Union, which shall be delivered as unpaid by the British office to the Belgian office, and which shall have been partially prepaid in British postage-stamps, the value of such stamps shall be deducted from the amount to be credited to the British office in conformity to the tariff of foreign rates due to that office.
As to the correspondence from countries beyond sea before mentioned, which shall have been prepaid uselessly by the postagestamps of the foreign country of origin, that one of the two offices which shall have delivered such correspondence to the other shall lend its aid to the latter, if possible, for the purpose of obtaining the reimbursement to the addressees of the value of the stamps in whole or in part. Applications for the refunding of the value of postagestamps uselessly employed must be made, accompanied by vouchers, within six months from the date of sending the insufficiently prepaid letters; otherwise they will be void.
6. When the writers of letters for the colonies and countries beyond sea, which the two offices reciprocally exchange for subsequent despatch from their respective ports, wish them to be conveyed by private ships sailing from such ports, their intentions shall be signified on the address by the words, " Bâtiment du Commerce," or "By Private Ship."
Failing such indications, the letters for the colonies and countries beyond sea without distinction, which the two offices mutually exchange, shall be forwarded by means of the regular mail-packets.
7. The offices of exchange shall divide into separate packets, each distinguished by a special label, the different classes of correspondence composing the mails.
8. The entry of the registered articles on the registered list shall comprise the name of the office of origin, the name of the addressee, and the place of destination. This list shall be prepared on a separate form, which shall be enclosed in the packet of registered articles. The packet shall be made up as follows:
The registered articles and the registered list shall be fastened together by a cross-string, and placed in a canvas bag, which shall be
strongly fastened at the neck by a string, the two ends of which shall be sealed with a seal of wax or gummed paper.
The number of registered articles entered on the registered lists. shall be written in full in the place provided for the purpose at the foot of the letter bill.
In the event of there being no registered article to despatch, a blank registered list shall be sent, inclosed in the usual canvas bag.
9. In case, at the hours fixed for the despatch of mails, one of the exchanging offices of the Administrations of the two countries shall have no letter or other article to send to the corresponding office, the former office shall, nevertheless, make up, in the ordinary manner, a mail which shall contain a blank letter bill.
10. In levying the additional charge applicable to correspondence in general insufficiently prepaid by means of postage-stamps, the unit of money to be adopted as the limit of raising the fractions is fixed at 5 centimes in Belgium and at a halfpenny in the United Kingdom.
11. The following regulations shall be observed for the application of Article VII of the Treaty of Berne, of the 9th October, 1874,* concerning correspondence redirected on account of the addressees having changed their residence:
(1.) Correspondence originating in Belgium or in the United Kingdom, and in the first instance addressed to a place within the country of origin, which shall have been properly prepaid for the inland service, shall be charged in the country to which it is redirected (according to its class) with a tax equal to the prepaid rate of the inland service of the latter country.
In the case of non-prepayment or of insufficient prepayment for the inland service, such correspondence shall be treated as if it had been addressed direct from the country of origin to the country to which it is redirected.
(2.) Correspondence originating in Belgium, and in the first instance addressed to the United Kingdom, and, reciprocally, correspondence originating in the United Kingdom, and in the first instance addressed to Belgium, which shall be redirected to the country of origin, shall not be subjected to any fresh tax if it shall have been properly prepaid for the first service.
In case of non-prepayment or of insufficient prepayment, such correspondence shall be subjected to the international charge leviable on unpaid letters, or the deficient amount of such charge.
(3.) Correspondence fully prepaid, unpaid, or insufficiently prepaid, originating in any other country of the Union, which shall be redirected from Belgium to the United Kingdom, or from the United
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Kingdom to Belgium, shall be considered in the country of its last destination as having arrived direct from the country of origin, and treated accordingly.
The several classes of redirected correspondence above mentioned shall pass from office to office without forming any account.
(4.) Correspondence originating in countries situated beyond the Union, or having circulated in those countries, and charged with foreign postage, shall be exchanged subject to the payment of such charge.
The office of the new destination shall add to it the international charge for unpaid letters, or, in the case of newspapers, printed papers, patterns of merchandise, or legal and commercial documents, the postage payable in that country on articles of the same class addressed to countries of the Union.
When necessary, the different taxes mentioned above may be raised in conformity to Article 10 of the present Regulations.
12. The claims raised on undelivered letters returned from one office to another shall be allowed to the credit of the office returning them only when the state of the seals shall not give rise to the supposition that the letters have been read by the addressees.
13. For the execution of the present arrangement, and in virtue of Section 10 of Article 6 of the Detailed Regulations for the execution of the Treaty of Berne, the forms A, D, and E, established by the said Regulations shall be modified in conformity to the specimens C to J hereto annexed; namely:
G and H.
I and J.
The monthly statement D The monthly account E 14. The present Regulations shall have the same duration as the Convention concluded on the 17th February, 1876.
C and D.
E and F.
Done in duplicate, and signed in London on the 10th day and in Brussels on the 17th day of July, 1876.
(L.S.) JOHN MANNERS. (L.S.) J. VINCHENT.
A. TABLE showing the manner in which shall be forwarded the Correspondence originating in GREAT BRITAIN addressed to BELGIUM.
Time of Despatch.
Correspondence to be forwarded in each Mail.
Offices of Eerneghem, Ghistelles, Jabbeke, Nieuport, Ostend, and Plasschendaele.
Offices of Eerneghem, Furnes, Ghistelles, Jabbeke, Nieuport, Ostend, and Plasschendaele.
Belgium (with the exception of the correspondence to be comprised in Mail No. 1) and the foreign countries to which Belgium serves as the route.
Travelling office from
This route is only employed when desired by the sender, or when it offers an acceleration.
Belgium (with the exception of the correspondence to be comprised in Mail No. 2) and the foreign countries to which Belgium serves as the route,
As Mail No. 1.
As Mail No. 2.
Belgium (with the exception of the correspondence to be comprised in Mail No. 5) and the foreign countries to which Belgium serves as the route.
Belgium (with the exception of the correspondence to be comprised in Mail No. 6) and the foreign countries to which Belgium serves as the route.