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Goschen, Esquire, Consul General of the Hanseatic Cities of Germany, furnished with full powers from the Senate of the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen, on the part of the Post Office of Bremen:

After having communicated to each other their respective full powers, found to be in good and due form, have agreed upon the following Articles :

ART I. There shall be a periodical and regular exchange of correspondence between the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland and Bremen, as well for letters and book packets originating in the United Kingdom or in Bremen, as for articles of the same nature originating in or destined for the countries the correspondence of which is forwarded through Great Britain or through Bremen.

II. The regular exchange of mails between the British Post Office and the Post Office of Bremen, shall be effected through the following Post Offices, namely:

On the side of the United Kingdom, London.
On the side of Bremen, 1. Bremen, 2. Bremerhaven.

III. It is agreed that the British Post Office shall make use of the right which it possesses, under the Postal Convention between Great Britain and Belgium, of exchanging closed mails with the Bremen Post Office through the Belgian territory.

The British Post Office shall pay to the Post Office of Belgium the transit postage due to that office for the transit of the letters contained in the closed mails in both directions exchanged between the United Kingdom and Bremen, and the Bremen Post Office shall repay to the British Post Office, at the expiration of every quarter, one half of the total amount paid to Belgium on account of such transit during the quarter.

IV. Independently of the correspondence which shall be exchanged between the British Post Office and the Post Office of Bremen by the route pointed out in the preceding Article, those offices may mutually forward from one to the other letters and book packets by merchant ships plying between the British ports of London or Hull, and Bremen.

V. Persons desirous of sending ordinary letters, that is to say, letters not registered, either from the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland to Bremen, or from Bremen to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, whether via Belgium or direct by private ship, shall have the option of leaving the postage of such letters to be paid by the receivers or of paying the postage in advance to the place of destination.

VI. The total amount of postage to be collected in the United Kingdom upon paid letters originating in the United Kingdom,

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addressed to Bremeu, as well as upon unpaid letters originating in Bremen, addressed to the United Kingdom, whether conveyed via Belgium or direct by private ship, shall be as follows:

For every single paid letter, 6d.
For every single unpaid letter, 8d.

Reciprocally, the total amount of postage to be collected in Bremen upon paid letters originating in Bremen, addressed to the United Kingdom, as well as upon unpaid letters originating in the United Kingdom, addressed to Bremen, whether conveyed via Belgium or direct by private ship, shall be as follows:

For every single paid letter, 5 silver groschen.
For every single unpaid letter, 7 silver groschen.

VII. With respect to letters above the weight of a single letter, which is fixed at half an ounce in the United Kingdom, and at one zoll loth in Bremen, the British Office shall apply the following scale of progression for all letters the postage of which is collected in the United Kingdom, viz. :

For every letter exceeding half an ounce, and not exceeding one ounce, two rates of postage.

For every letter exceeding one ounce, and not exceeding two ounces,

four rates of postage. For every letter exceeding two ounces, and not exceeding three ounces, six rates of postage. And so on, two rates being added for every

additional ounce. And the Bremen Office shall apply the following scale of progression for all letters the postage of which is collected in Bremen,

viz. :

For every letter weighing a zoll loth, but under two zoll loth, two rates of postage.

For every letter weighing two zoll loth, but under three zoll loth, three rates of postage.

And so on, an additional rate of postage being charged for every zoll loth.

VIII. The Post Offices of Great Britain and Bremen shall mutually account to each other for the portion of the postage which is due to each upon the letters despatched from one office to the nther.

The British Post Office shall pay to the Bremen Post Office for every single paid letter originating in the United Kingdom, addressed to Bremen, and conveyed via Belgium, the sum of 3d., and for every single unpaid letter originating in Bremen, addressed to the United Kingdom, and conveyed via Belgium, the sum of 4d.

The British Post Oflice shall pay to the Bremen Post Office for every single paid letter originating in the United Kingdom, addressed to Bremen, and conveyed direct by private ship the sum of 1}d., and for every single unpaid letter originating in Bremen, addressed to the United Kingdom, and conveyed direct by private ship, the sum of 2d.

The Bremen Post Office, on the other hand, shall pay to the British Post Office for every single paid letter originating in Bremen, addressed to the United Kingdom, and conveyed via Belgium, the sum of 2; silver groschen, and for every single unpaid letter originating in the United Kingdom, addressed to Bremen, and conveyed vid Belgium, the sum of 3; silver groschen.

The Bremen Post Office shall pay to the British Post Office for every single paid letter originating in Bremen, addressed to the United Kingdom, and conveyed direct by private ship, the sum of 3 silver groschen 9 pfenning, and for every single unpaid letter originating in the United Kingdom, addressed to Bremen, and conveyed direct by private ship, the sum of 5 silver groschen 3 pfenning.

For every letter above the weight of a single letter each office shall

pay to the other an increased amount according to the scale of progression adopted in that country in which the postage is collected.

IX. When the postage stamps affixed to a letter forwarded from the United Kingdom to Bremen or from Bremen to the United Kingdom, shall represent a sum less than that required for its repayment, at the rate of 6d., or 5 silver groschen, for a single letter, such letter shall be considered as unpaid, and charged as such, after deducting the value of those stamps.

The amount of the sums paid, as well by the senders of insufficiently paid letters as by the persons to whom those letters are addressed, shall be equally divided between the Post Office of Bremen and the British Post Office.

X. In all cases in which a fee or other charge, in addition to the rates of postage specified in tbis Convention, is levied in Bremen, upon the delivery of paid or unpaid letters originating in the United Kingdom, one-half of the amount of such fee or other charge shall be paid to the British Post Office by the Post Office of Bremen.

Reciprocally, in the event of a fee or other charge, in addition to the rates of postage specified in this Convention, being at any time levied in the United Kingdom upon the delivery of paid or unpaid letters originating in Bremen, one-half of the amount of such fee or other charge shall be paid to the Post Office of Bremen by the British Post Office. It is understood, however, that this stipulation does not apply to the payments voluntarily made to letter carriers for delivering letters to persons residing beyond the prescribed limits within which a free delivery takes place in any town or village in the United Kingdom.

The two offices shall settle by mutual consent the mode in which the amount due to each, as its share of the fees or additional charges levied either in Bremen, or in the United Kingdom, is to be ascer. tained and brought to account.

XI. The Bremen Post Office shall pay to the British Post Office for the territorial conveyance, through the United Kingdom, of letters forwarded in open mails, in transit through the United Kingdom, to or from countries or colonies beyond sea, viz. :

For every single paid letter originating in Bremen, and addressed to such countries or colonies, the sum of 3d.

For every single unpaid letter originating in such countries or colonies, and addressed to Bremen, 4d.

The Brenien Post Office shall further pay to the British Post Office upon this class of letters, the rate paid by the inhabitants of the United Kingdom for letters having the same origin or destination, from which rate, however, the sum of id. shall be first deducted, in all cases where such rate includes the British inland rate.

The conditions under which letters sent in transit through the United Kingdom to or from Bremen shall be exchanged between the Bremen Post Office and the British Post Office, in conformity with the foregoing stipulations, are shown in Table A. annexed to this Convention.

XII. The British Post Office may deliver to the Bremen Post Office registered letters addressed to Bremen.

Reciprocally, the Bremen Post Office may deliver to the British Post Office registered letters addressed to the United Kingdom.

The postage of registered letters shall always be paid in advance.

A fee, or additional charge, the amount of which the despatching office shall fix, may be levied over and above the postage to which such letters are liable, but no postage, duty, or tax, other than that for delivery, referred to in Article IX preceding, shall be levied on the delivery of registered letters forwarded from the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland to Bremen or vice versá.

The British Office shall account to the Bremen Office for onehalf the registration fee levied upon registered letters posted in the United Kingdom, and a like sum upon registered letters passing in transit through the United Kingdom, addressed to Bremen; and the Bremen Office shall account to the British Office for one-half the registration fee levied upon registered letters posted in Bremen, addressed to the United Kingdom.

XIII. The Bremen Post Office may further deliver to the British Post Office registered letters addressed to the United States of America (including California and Oregon), to Liberia, or to the British Colonies of India, Malta, Gibraltar, Hong Kong, the British West Indies, the Cape of Good Hope, St. Helena, Natal, Ceylon, Mauritius, New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia, Western Australia, Queensland, New Zealand, Newfoundland, Bermuda, Canada, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Sierra Leone, Gambia, the Gold Coast, and the Falkland Islands.

The Bremen Post Office shall account to the British Post Office, in addition to the postage due to the British Post Office, and to half the fee levied for the registration between Bremen and the United Kingdom, for the sum of 5 silver groschen upon every registered letter addressed to any of the countries or colonies above enumerated.

XIV. Subject to the following conditions, book packets, including under that designation newspapers and printed papers of every kind, may be sent from Bremen to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, whether via Belgium or direct by private ship, at such rates of postage as may be fixed from time to time by the Bremen Post Office, and from the United Kingdom to Bremen at such rates of postage as may be fixed from time to time by the British Post Office.

1. The postage must be prepaid.

2. Book packets, insufficiently prepaid by means of postage stamps, shall be charged with double the amount of the deficiency. The produce of this charge shall be retained by the office which collects it.

3. Every packet must be sent either without a cover, or in a cover open at the ends or sides, so as to admit of the examination of its contents.

4. A book packet may contain any number of separate books or other publications, prints, or maps, whether printed, engraved or lithographed, and whether on paper, parchment, or vellum, as also photographs on paper, parchment, or vellum; further, all legitimate binding, mounting, or covering of a book, publication, &c., or of a portion thereof, shall be allowed, whether such binding, &c., be loose or attached; as also rollers in the case of prints or maps, markers (whether of paper or otherwise), in the case of books, and in short, whatever is necessary for the sake of transmission of literary or artistic matter or ustially appertains thereto; but no patterns or books of patterns (unless these consist merely of paper), shall be allowed.

5. No book packet may contain any writing, figures, or manual marks whatsoever.

6. No book packet must exceed two feet British in length, width, or depth, or 3lbs Prussian in weight.

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