Postage Act 1810
(50 Geo 3 c.74, 15th June 1810)
An Act to grant to His Majesty certain additional Duties upon Letters and Packets sent by the Post within Ireland.
[ 15th June 1810. ]
Most Gracious Sovereign,
WE Your Majesty's most dutiful and loyal Subjects, the Commons of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland in Parliament assembled, being desirous of raising the necessary Supplies to defray your Majesty's Publick Expences, and of making a permanent Addition to the Publick Revenue of Ireland, have freely and voluntarily resolved to give and grant unto your Majesty the Rates and Duties hereinafter mentioned; And do therefore most humbly beseech your Majesty that it may be enacted; and be it 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 from and after the Expiration of Ten Days after the passing of this Act, it shall and may be lawful to and for the Postmaster or Postmasters General of Ireland for the time being, and his or their Deputy or Deputies, Servants and Agents, to and for the Use of His Majesty, his Heirs and Successors, to have, demand, receive and take for the Portage and Conveyance of all Letters and Packets which he or they shall convey, carry or send Post to and from Places within Ireland, the additional Rates and Duties hereinafter specified, the same being rated by the Letter or by the Ounce; (that is to say) for the Port and Conveyance of every single Letter or Piece of Paper from the Office in Ireland, where such Letter or Piece of Paper shall be put in, to any Distance within Ireland, the Sum of One Penny, for every Double Letter Two pence, for every Treble Letter Three pence, and for every Ounce in Weight, and for every Packet not exceeding an Ounce in Weight Four pence, and so in proportion for any greater Weight than One Ounce, reckoning every Quarter of an Ounce equal to a Single Letter; and that all Letters and Packets directed from any Place in Ireland, to any Part or Parts in Great Britain or beyond the Seas, or received in Ireland from Great Britain or any Part or Parts beyond the Seas, shall be charged and pay for their Portage and Conveyance within Ireland, from or to Dublin, Waterford, Donaghadee, or any other Port where Packet Boats for the Conveyance of Letters to and from Ireland are or may be established, as they shall respectively be shipped from or landed in any of the said Places, according to the Additional Rates aforesaid; and that every Letter or Packet passing through the General Post Office in the City of Dublin, from any Place within Ireland not less distant than Four Miles from the General Post Office in the said City, to any Place within Ireland not less distant than Four Miles from the General Post Office in the said City, shall be charged and pay according to the said Additional Rates to Dublin, and be further charged and pay according to the said Additional Rates from Dublin; all which Rates and Duties shall be over and above the Duties of Postage payable on any such Letters and Packets under any Act or Acts in force in Ireland at the time of passing of Act.
II. And be it enacted, That from and after the Expiration of Ten Days after the passing of this Act, so much of an Act made in the Forty third Year of His present Majesty's Reign, for granting Rates and Duties upon Letters and Packets sent by the Post within Ireland, as relates to the Mode of folding printed Newspapers sent by the Post free of the Duty of Postage, and as provides that no Newspapers printed in Ireland shall pass free of Postage, unless such Newspapers shall be put into the Post Offices of the Cities and Towns where or in which such Newspapers be printed, Two Hours at least before the time of the Post being dispatched therefrom, shall be and the same is and are hereby repealed.
III. And be it further enacted, That the said Rates and Duties hereby granted shall be paid and payable in Irish Currency, and shall be raised, levied, collected, managed, recovered and applied, under such and the like Powers and Authorities, Rules, Regulations and Restrictions, Penalties and Forfeitures, and subject to the like Provisions, Exemptions and Exceptions, and Privileges as are mentioned, expressed and contained in an Act made in the Forty third Year of the Reign of His present Majesty, intituled, An Act for granting to His Majesty certain Rates and Duties upon Letters and Packets sent by the Post within Ireland, or in any other Act or Acts in force in Ireland relating to the Rates and Duties on Letters and Packets sent by the Post within Ireland; and that all and every the Clauses, Matters and Things, in the said recited Act of the Forty third Year aforesaid, mentioned, expressed and contained, or in any other Act or Acts in force in Ireland relating to such Rates and Duties, shall be applied and extended, and shall be construed to apply and extend to this present Act, as fully and effectually, to all Intents and Purposes, as if the same had been repeated and re-enacted in this present Act, save only so far as respects the Amount of Duties under the said Acts or any of them, and save and except so far as the said Acts or any of them are altered or repealed by this Act.