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1852. Excerpt: ... portation, but wo have seen that the internal
affairs of the British Post Offices are conducted at one fourth the
expense that the same duties are with us, in proportion to the
amount of business carried on. There is a certain order of minds
that sees a terrible injustice in having the resident of Nassau
street pay the same sum for a letter to go to Union Square or
Jersey City, that his neighbor in William street, pays to get a
letter to his correspondent in California, Oregon, or New Mexico.
These minds must be treated with becoming tenderness. Tell one of
these innocent logicians, show him by the clearest evidence in the
world, that any graduated scale of postages, few or many, where the
pay is according to distance, cannot be carried on with a better
financial result and more profitably than the very lowest of his
rates, with the advantages of uniformity and simplicity, and he
will then tell you that he thinks it very unjust. Can any one
seriously think that there is a financial advantage in having
letters between the Atlantic and Pacific States pay ten cents, with
letters other distances paying three, and drop-letters one, while
in consequence of these several rates, we are burdened with a
varied, complicated, laborious, and expensive system? Is there any
reason in believing that there is any other result than a great
loss? Look at the following figures showing the gross amount of
postages collected in the States and Territories mentioned, in the
year 1854. California, $265,188 Oregon Territory 1,495 Washington
Territory 1,628 Utah Territory 1,857 New Mexico 906 Total $270,974
If we deduct one third of this for the postage on local matter, we
shall have $180,646 for the postage on letters and papers going
over 3,000 miles, and which is charged double ...
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||246 x 189 x 10mm (L x W x T)
||Paperback - Trade
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