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The letter bills and acknowledgments of receipt from the French offices established at Alexandria, Constantinople, the Dardanelles, and Smyrna for the office at Malta shall be according to pattern Q.

The letter bills and acknowledgments of receipt of the Post Office agents on board the packets in the Mediterranean for the office at Malta shall be according to pattern R.

The forms of letter bills and acknowledgments of receipt which the British offices of exchange shall use in their communications with the French offices of exchange shall agree with the patterns above described.

XXXVI. Registered letters exchanged between the two offices in virtue of Article XVII of the Convention of 24th September, 1856, shall be entered in the letter bills of the respective offices of exchange according to their real weight, but the office to which the said letters are forwarded shall receive credit for double that weight in the monthly accounts which will give the results of the mutual exchange of correspondence.

XXXVII. The respective offices of exchange shall divide the correspondence which they shall mutually exchange, into as many distinct packets as there are different rates or special articles in the letter bills.

To each packet shall be attached a label showing the number of the article in the account as well as the net weight of the matter covered by this label.

XXXVIII. The labels which the respective offices of exchange shall make use of, in virtue of the provisions of the preceding Article, shall be printed as follows:

1. On blue paper for paid correspondence.

2. On yellow paper for correspondence either unpaid or charged with transit postage.

3. And on white paper for matter giving rise to no account.

XXXIX. The correspondence returned either in consequence of misdirection or of change of residence of the persons to whom the letters are addressed shall be entered nominally in the tables of the letter bills specially, appropriated for the entry of such correspondence.

Misdirected correspondence shall be tied up with a cross-string, and shall have a label attached bearing these words, “Mis-directed letters."

Correspondence re-directed to persons who have gone away, but have left their address, shall be also tied with a cross-string, and shall have a label attached bearing these words,“Re-directed, owing to change of residence."

XL. Letters insufficiently prepaid by means of postage stamps, and liable to a surcharge, in virtue of Article XVII of the present [1861-62. LII.)

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regulations, shall be entered in Table No. 6 of the Letter Bill M, No. 1, or in Table No. 5, of the Letter Bill N, as the case may be, with all the details required by that Table.

These letters shall be tied up with a cross string, and shall have a label attached bearing these words, “Letters insufficiently prepaid.”

XLI. Registered letters shall be entered nominally in the table of the letter bill headed “Registered Letters and Packets.”

These letters shall be tied up with a cross string, the ends of which shall be made fast to the letter bill by means of a seal with an impression in was.

XLII. In conformity with Article XXIII of the Convention of 24th September, 1856, the Post Office of France shall pay to the British Post Office for the transit rate across the territory of the East India Company of the letters comprised in the closed mails exchanged between France and the French Establishments in India, by way of the Isthmus of Suez, the sum of 60 centimes per 30 grammes of letters, net weight.

XLIII. In execution of Article XXIII of the Convention of 24th September, 1856, the Post Office of France shall pay to the Post Office of Great Britain the following rates on account of the passage by the Isthmus of Darien or by the Isthmus of Suez of the correspondence comprised in the closed mails which the said Post Office of France shall forward or receive by means of the British mail packets, and by way of either Isthinus, when the conveyance of those mails across the Isthmus of Suez or across the Isthmus of Darien shall be effected at the cost of the British Post Office:

1. For letters comprised in the closed mails transmitted by way of the Isthmus of Darien, the sum of 1 franc 27 centimes and of a centime per 30 grammes of letters, net weight.

2. For printed papers of every kind comprised in the same mails, the sum of 2 francs 40 centimes per kilogramme of printed papers, net weight.

3. For letters and printed papers of every kind comprised in the closed mails transmitted by way of the Isthmus of Suez, the sum of 80 centimes per kilogramme of letters or printed papers, bet weight.

XLIV. The particulars of the transmission of the closed mails which each of the two offices shall forward on account of the other, in execution of Articles XX to XXVIII of the Convention of 24th September, 1856, shall be certified by the proper offices of exchange in the manner shown in the following table:

Origin of the
Closed Mails.

Destination of the

Closed Mails.

Formis on which should be certified the parti. culars of the transmission of the Closed Mails.

...

...

French colonies via Eng.)

land
United States ...

Consul-General of
Travelling office from

France at Lima Paris to Calais

Commander-in-chief of Letter bills from the travelling office from the French station on Paris to Calais for the office at London, and the West Coast of acknowledgments of receipt from the office at America

London for the said travelling office.
British possessions in

the Mediterranean or
India (by the Indian Office at London

mail service) ... States of the Continent

Letter bills from the office at Malta for the

travelling office from Marseilles to Lyons, and British possessions in

acknowledgments of receipt from the said tra. the Mediterranean (by

velling office for the office at Malta. the Freuch

Office at London mail

Letter bills from the travelling office from packets)

Paris to Calais for the office at London, and acknowledgments of receipt from the office at

Londou for the said travelling office.

Letter bills from the travelling office from States of the Continent

Paris to Calais for the office at Dover, and Dover

acknowledgments of receipt from the office at Dover for the said travelling office.

Letter bills from the office at Calais for the Office at Calais United States

office at Dover, and acknowledgments of rcceipt from the office at Dover for the office at Calais.

Letter bills from the office at Harre for the Office at Hayre United States

office at Southampton, and acknowledgments of receipt from the office at Southampton for

andria ...

the office at Havre. French office at Alex-Letter bills from the travelling office from

Lyons to Marseilles for the British office at Travelling office from

French colonies via Suez Alexandria, and acknowledgments of receipt Lyons to Marseilles...

Places in the Indiau or from the British office at Alexandria for the
China Ocean

said travelling oflice.
French office at Alex-
andria...

Letter bills from the office at Marseilles for

the British office at Alexandria, and acknowOffice at Marseilles French colonies via Suez Places in the Indian or

leugments of receipt from the British office at China Ocean

Alexandria for the office at Marseilles.

Letter bills from the Post Office agents on Italy and Kingdom of Office at Malta...

board the French mail packets for the office Greece...

at Malta, and acknowledgments of receipt

from the office at Malta for the said agents. British possessions in

Letter bills from the office at London for the

the Mediterranean or Office at London

India (by the Indian

travelling office from Calais to Paris, and mal service)

acknowledgments of receipt from the said States of the continent

travelling office for the office at London. Letter bills from the office at London for the

travelling office from Calais to Paris, and British possessions in

acknowledgments of receipt from the said Office at London

the Mediterranean by

travelling office for the office at London. the French packets ...

Letter bills from the travelling office from Marseilles to Lyons for the office at Malta, and acknowledgments of receipt from the ofhcc at Malta for the said travelling office.

Letter bills from the office at Dover for the tra Office at Dover States of the Continent

velling office from Paris to Calais, and acknowledgments of receipt from the said travelling office for the office at Dover.

Letter bills from the office at London for the French colonies via Eng.

Travelling office from travelling office from Calais to Paris, and land United States

Calais to Paris

acknowledgments of receipt from the said travelling office for the office at London.

Letter bills from the office at London for the (nited States Office at Calais...

office at Calais, and acknowledgments of receipi from the office at Calais for the office at London. Letter bills from the office at Southampton for

the office at Havre, and acknow led nents of United States Office at Havre

receipt from the office at Havre for the office

at Suathampton. French office at Alex.)

Letter bills from the British office at Alex.. andria

andria for the travelling office from Marseilles French colonies vid Suez Travelling office from

to Lyons, and acknowledgments of receipt

Marseilles to Lyons Places in the Indian or

from the said travelling office for the British China Ocean

office at Alexandrin.

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XLV. The letter bill should bear at the top the stamp"Chargé” or “Registered” whenever the mail shall contain one or more registered letters.

XLVI. If it should happen on the usual days and hours for making up the mails that an office of exchange has not any letter to forward to the corresponding office, the dispatching office shall nevertheless send, in the ordinary way, a mail which shall contain a blank letter bill.

XLVII. The postage of dead letters, which are to be mutually returned by the two offices, in virtue of Article XXXIV of the Convention of 24th September, 1856, shall be allowed in discharge of the account of the office to which the said letters have been originally transmitted only when the state of their seals shall not lead to the supposition that they have been read by the persons to whom they are addressed.

Nevertheless, letters forwarded for the purpose of annoying or injuring the parties to whom they are addressed, may be included and admitted with the dead letters mutually returned even after they have been opened.

XLVIII. Letters not applied for, addressed “Poste Restante" or to hotels, may, after lying three months, be returned on either side, in the manner and under the conditions prescribed by Article XXXIV of the Convention of 24th September, 1856, and by Article XLVII preceding.

XLIX. The French Post Office shall every month prepare separate accounts exhibiting the results of the transmission between the respective offices of exchange of the correspondence mutually exchanged, whether in ordinary mails or in the closed mails, transmitted in virtue of Articles XX to XXVIII of the Convention of 24th September, 1856. Such accounts shall be founded upon the acknowledgments of receipt of the respective offices during the month.

The results of the transmission of correspondence in ordinary or closed mails between the office of Malta and the Post Office agents on board the French packets in the Mediterranean, shall also be shewn every month in a separate account which shall be prepared by the French Post Office.

L. The separate accounts described in the preceding Article shall be incorporated every month in general accounts shewing the result of the transmission of the correspondence exchanged either in ordinary or closed mails between the Post Office of France and the Post Office of Great Britain.

LI. The general accounts mentioned in the preceding Article shall be compared and settled by the two offices, and the balance shall be paid in French money at the end of every quarter by that Office which shall be found to be indebted to the other.

LII. It is reciprocally agreed that neither the French nor the British territorial rates now chargeable upon letters which each of the two countries forwards or receives by the route of the other, shall on any pretext be increased.

It is also agreed that the foreign rate to be levied on each letter and for each quarter of an ounce, or fraction of a quarter of an ounce, that such letter may weigh in addition to the territorial rate referred to shall not exceed the fourth part of the rate per ounce, or per 30 grammes, which is fixed by the preceding Articles XIX, XX, and XXI.

Nevertheless, it is understood that when the division of the rate of accounting above mentioned by four, presents a fraction of a decime as regards the charges to be levied from French subjects, or of a penny as regards the charges to be levied from English subjects, a full decimne or penny may be levied on eitber side if the fraction amounts to half a decime or a halfpenny, or more; but if the fraction be less than half a decime or less than a halfpenny, it shall not be levied.

LIII. All previous provisions agreed upon between the Post Office of France and the Post Office of Great Britain shall be abrogated from the date of the day on which the Convention of 24th September, 1856, shall be carried into effect.

Done in duplicate and signed in Paris the 27th October, 1856, and in London the 12th November, 1856. STOURM.

ARGYLL.

PROTOCOLE contenant l'Arrangement, relatif à la Servie,

définitivement arrété, entre la Sublime Porte et les Représentants des Puissances signataires du Traité de Paris de 1856*.-Kanlidja, le 4 Septembre, 1862.

Les évenements dont la Principauté de Servie a été dernièrement le théatre ayant engagé la Sublime Porte à réunir en conférence les

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