The Saint Louis directory for the years 1854-5 :

Tables of postages
within the United States, and to Canada and other British North American
provinces.

Rates of Letter Postage between offices in the United States, and to and from Canada
and the other British and North American Provinces, from and after the 30th June, 1851.

Directions. When pre-paid. when unpaid.
For every single letter in manu-
script, or paper of any kind upon
which information shall be asked or
communicated in writing, or by
marks or signs sent by mail, the rates
mentioned in this table shall be
charged; and for every additional
half ounce or fraction of an ounce
above the weight named in this ta-
ble, an additional single rate is to be
charged.
Weighing ½ ounce or
less, being the single
rate.
Over ½ ounce, and not
over 1 ounce.
Over 1 ounce, and not
over 1½ ounce.
Over 1½ ounce, and not
over 2 ounces.
Over 2 ounces, and not
over 2½ ounces.
Weighing ½ ounce, or un-
der, being the single
rate.
Over ½ ounce, and not
over 1 ounce.
Over 1 ounce, and not
over 1½ ounce.
Over 1½ ounce, and not
over 2 ounces.
Over 2 ounces, and not
over 2½ ounces.
Rate. Rate. Rate. Rate. Rate. Rate. Rate. Rate. Rate. Rate.
Cents. Cents. Cents. Cents. Cents. Cents. Cents. Cents. Cents. Cents.
For any distance not ever 3,000 miles 3 6 9 12 15 5 10 15 20 25
For any distance over 3,000 miles. 6 12 18 24 30 10 20 30 40 50
To and from British North American
Provinces, for any distance not over
3,000 miles.
10 20 30 40 50 10 20 30 40 50
For any distance over 3,000 miles. 15 30 45 60 75 15 30 45 60 75

Note.

From and after the 30th June, 1851, the mode
of computing the rates upon inland letters-i. e. let-
ters from one office within the United States or Terri-
tories to another, and also upon letters between the
United States and the British North American provin-
ces— is to be as follows, to-wit: Single rate, if not ex-
ceeding half an ounce; double rate, if exceeding half
an ounce, but not exceeding an ounce; treble rate, if
exceeding an ounce; but not exceeding an ounce and a
half; and so on, charging an additional rate for every
additional half ounce or fraction of half an ounce.

The mode of computing rates upon letters to Great
Britain, and to all other foreign countries, the British
North American provinces excepted, will remain as at
present, under the act of 3rd March, 1849, and agreea-
bly to instructions appended to the table of foreign
postages.

Directions.

1st. Every letter or parcel, not exceeding half an
ounce in weight, shall be deemed a single letter or rate.

2d. All drop-letters, or letters placed in any post-
office, not for transmission, but for delivery only, shall
be charged with postage at the rate of one cent each.

3d. Each deputy postmaster, whose compensation for
the last preceding fiscal year (ending the 30th June, 1851,) did not exceed $200, may send through the mail
all letters written by himself, and receive through the
mail all written communications addressed to himself
on his private business, which shall not exceed in weight
one half ounce, free of postage. This does not authorize
them to frank any letters unless written by themselves,
and on their private business only; nor does it autho-
rize them to receive free of postage anything but writ-
ten communications addressed to themselves, and on
their private business.

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