Mail to Spain Act 1793
(33 Geo 3 c.60, 17th June 1793)
An Act to enable the Postmaster General to send the Mail to the Dominions of His Catholick Majesty, on board of any Vessels authorised by His Catholick Majesty to carry the same.
[ 17th June 1793 ]
WHEREAS by an Act, passed in the ninth Year of the Reign of Her late Majesty Queen Anne, intituled, An Act for establishing a General Post Office for all Her Majesty's Dominions, and for settling a weekly Sum out of the Revenues thereof for the Service of the War, and other Her Majesty's Occasions; it is provided, That if the Packet or Mail shall be carried out of Great Britain into any Port or Place beyond the Seas in any Ship or Vessel which is not a free Ship, and navigated with such Seamen as by the Laws of this Land the same are required to be, that then, and in every such case, the Postmaster General for the time being shall forfeit the Sum of one hundred Pounds Sterling, the one Moiety to Her Majesty, her Heirs and Successors, and the other Moiety to him or them who shall sue for the same, to be recovered in such manner as therein is mentioned: And whereas it is in contemplation to establish Packet Boats between the Port of Falmouth in England, and Corunna in Spain, for the Port of Letters, Packets and Parcels of Goods, to or from His Majesty's Dominions, and the Dominions of His Catholick Majesty; and it will tend much to the Convenience of Trade and Commerce between the two Kingdoms, if His Majesty's Postmaster General shall be permitted to send the Packet or Mail by Packet Boats, authorised and appointed by His Catholick Majesty, whenever he shall see Occasion; Be it therefore enacted by the King's Most Excellent Majesty, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the Authority of the same, That it shall and may be lawful to and for the Postmaster General for the time being, or Persons holding the Office of Postmaster General, and he and they are hereby authorised and impowered from time to time, and as often as he or they hall fee Occasion, to send the Packet or Mail intended for the Dominions of His Catholick Majesty from Falmouth aforesaid, by any Ship or Vessel belonging to His said Catholick Majesty, and duly authorised and employed by him, for the Purpose of carrying Packets or Mails between the two Countries; any thing in the said hereinbefore recited Act contained to the contrary thereof in any wise notwithstanding.