Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Mail Carriage Proposals 1832

The following request for mail carriage proposals was published 1832 in various newspapers. Note: "c. h." stands for court house, as the Yanceyville name had not been adopted.


For carrying the Mails of the United States for two years, from the first day of January, 1833, to the 31st day of December, 1834, on the following past routes in North Carolina, will be received at this office until the second day of November next, inclusive; to be decided on the 9th day of November.

2192. By Hillsboro' by Picket's Oil [Old] Mill, Ths. Benchairs, Hester's Store, Rich'd. Bullick's and Potter's Bridge to Oxford, 40 miles and back, once a week.

2195. From Leasburg by Hightowers to Caswell c. h., 15 miles and back, once a week.

Leave Leasburg every Wednesday at 6 A. M. arrive at Caswell c. h. same day by 10 A. M.

Leave Caswell c. h. every Wednesday at 11 A. M. arrive at Leasburg same day by 3 P. M.

1. The Post Master General reserves the right to expedite the mails, and to alter the times of their arrival and departure at any time during the continuance of the contract, by giving an adequate compensation, never exceeding a pro rata allowance, for an extra expense which such alteration may require.

2. Seven minutes shall be allowed for opening and closing the mails, at each office, where no particular time shall be specified, but the Post Master General reserves to himself the right of extending the time.

3. For every ten minutes delay in arriving at any point after the time prescribed in any contract, the contractor shall forfeit five dollars. If the delay shall continue beyond the time for the departure of any pending mail, the forfeiture shall be equal to twice the amount allowed for carrying the mail one trip. If it shall be made to appear that the delay was occasioned by unavoidable accidents, of which the Postmaster General shall be the judge, the forfeiture may be reduced to the amount of pay for a trip; but in no case can that amount be remitted. The forfeitures are otherwise unconditional, and will in all cases be enforced.

4. Persons who make proposals will state their prices by the year; payments to be made quarterly; in the months of May, August, November and February, one month after the expiration of each quarter.

5. None but a free white person shall be employed to carry the mail.

6. Proposals should state whether the person proposes to carry the mail in a 4 horse coach, a 2 horse stage, or otherwise.

7. If the person offering proposals wishes the privilege of carrying newspapers out of the mail, he must state it in his bid; otherwise he cannot enjoy that privilege.
. . . .

William t. Barry,
Post Master General
Central P. O. Department
July 24, 1832.


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