Chelsea and Kilmainham Hospitals Act 1826
(7 Geo 4 c.16, 11th April 1826)
An Act to consolidate and amend several Acts relating to the Royal Hospitals for Soldiers at Chelsea and Kilmainham.
[11th April 1826.]
Note: This is a lengthy Act of 52 clauses and a Schedule, laying out the rules for the operation of the hospitals. Only the two clauses below relate to the Post Office (free postage for letters on Chelsea Hospital business). As such, it seemed best to simply quote these.
XXXVI. And be it further enacted, That all Letters or Packets addressed to the Secretary of the said Hospital at Chelsea for the Time being, or sent to or delivered at his Office, upon any Business or Affairs of the said Hospital at Chelsea, shall, from and after the passing of this Act, be free from the Duty of Postage ; and also that all Letters or Packets sent by the said Secretary of the said Hospital at Chelsea, upon such Business or Affairs as aforesaid, shall be sent free from the said Duty of Postage; and all Letters and Packets relating to the Matters aforesaid, that shall be forwarded by the said Secretary, shall be under Cover, with the Words "Pursuant to Act of Parliament, George the Fourth," printed upon the same; and the said Secretary of the said Hospital at Chelsea shall write his Name under the same, and he is hereby strictly prohibited from inclosing or sending under such Covers any Writing, Paper or Parcel, excepting such as relate to the Business or Affairs of the said Hospital at Chelsea.
XXXVII. And be it further enacted, That if such Secretary of the said Hospital at Chelsea, or any other Person, shall send or convey, under any of the Covers aforesaid, any Writing, Paper or Parcel, other than those relating to the Business or Affairs of the said Hospital at Chelsea, the Person so offending shall for every such Offence forfeit and pay the Sum of One hundred Pounds, to be recovered, with full Costs of Suit, by any Person, by Action of Debt, Bill, Plaint or Information, in any of His Majesty's Courts of Record at Westminster, wherein no Essoign, Privilege, Protection, Wager of Law or more than One Imparlance, shall be allowed ; One Moiety of which Penalty shall go to the Person who shall sue for the same, and the other Moiety thereof to and for the Use of His said Majesty.