The Saint Louis directory for the years 1854-5 :
Rates of Postage. 251.
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Rates of postage,
when paid quarterly in advance on newspapers and periodicals sent from
the office of publication to actual subscribers, from and after the
thirtieth september, eighteen hundred and fifty-two.

newspapers and periodicals. Daily. Six times a
week.
Tri-weekly. Semi-weekly. Weekly. Semi-monthly. Monthly.
Cents. Cents. Cents. Cents. Cents. Cents. Cents.
Weekly newspapers (one copy only) sent by the publish-
ers to actual subscribers within the county where prin-
ted and published.
......... ......... ......... ......... Free.
Newspapers and periodicals, not exceed 1½ ounce in
weight, when cirulated in the State where publish-
ed.
22¾ 19½ ¾
Newspapers and periodicals, of the weight of 3 ounces and
under, sent to any part of the United States.
45½ 39 19½ 13 3
Over 3 and not over 4 ounces. 91 78 39 26 13 6 3
Over 4 and not over 5 ounces. 1.36½ 1.17 58½ 39 19½ 9
Over 5 and not over 6 ounces. 1.82 1.56 78 52 28 12 6
Over 6 and not over 7 ounces. 2.27½ 1.95 97½ 65 32½ 15
Over 7 and not over 8 ounces. 2.73 2.34 1.17 78 39 18 9
Directions.

1st. When the weight of any publication exceeds
eight ounces, the same progressive rate of postage laid
down in the above table must be charged.

2d. Publishers of newspapers and periodicals may
send to each other from their respective offices of publi-
cation, free of postage, one copy of each publication;
and may also send to each actual subscriber, enclosed in
their publications, bills and receipts for the same, free
of postage.

3d. By a joint Resolution of Congress, the Congres-
sional Globe and Appendix may also be sent free through
the mails so long as the same may be published by or-
der of Congress.

4th. Postmasters are not entitled to receive newspa-
pers free of postage under their franking privilege.

5th. If the publisher of any newspaper or periodical,
after being three months previously notified that his pub-
lication is not taken out of the office to which it ii sent
for delivery, continue to forward such publication in the
mail, the postmaster to whose office such publication is
sent will dispose of thesame for the postage, unless the
publisher shall pay it; and whenever any printed mat-
ter of any description, received during one quarter of the
fiscal year, shall have remained in the office without be-
ing called for during the whole of any succeeding quar-
ter, the postmaster at such office will sell the same and
credit the proceeds of such sall in his quarterly accounts
in the usual manner.

6th. Quarterly payments in advance may be made
either at the mailing office or the office of delivery.
When made at such mailing office, at the commence-
ment of a year or of a quarter, (as he may elect,) the
publisher must prepare and hand to the postmaster ready
for signature, a receipt for each post-office to which the
papers to be sent for delivery—stating the number of
papers to be sent to such post-office and the amount of
postage to be paid thereon; also, giving the names of
each of the subscribers. Upon the payment of the post-
age, the receipts must be signed by the postmaster at
the mailing office. The publisher will then direct such
receipts to the postmasters at the offices of delivery, and
they will be received there as evidence that the postage
has been duly paid. To entitle them to pass free through
the mails, such receipts must be left unsealed, endorsed
“Post-Office Business,” and directed to the postmaster
at the office of delivery. The post-masters to whom such
receipts have been sent, will be thereby authorized to de-
liver the papers mentioned in such receipts to the sub-
scribers therein named without further charge for port-
age.

When periodicals are printed not oftener than once
a quarter, and are sent from the office of publication to
actual subscribers, the amount of postage being marked
thereon as prepaid, at the mailing office, and the name
of that office with the date of mailing being written or
stamped thereon, will be sufficient evidence to warrant
their delivery without further charge :—Such periodicals
may be prepaid by stamps.

Post-Office Department, October 13,1852.