HC Deb 08 August 1872 vol 213 cc697-8

asked the Postmaster General, Whether his attention has been directed to the circumstances connected with the restoration of a Sunday Post in the district of Fairlight and Ore, in the county of Sussex; and, whether it is true that the rural messenger has been required to perform Sunday duty upon the memorial of two persons, one of whom ceased to reside in the district before the order in question was issued by the Department?


, in reply, said, the post referred to in the Question of his hon. Friend had been restored not on the memorial of two persons, but on the memorial of more than 100 persons, who complained of the inconvenience they suffered from the non-delivery of their letters on Sunday. The letters would be delivered by a postman who was not otherwise employed by the Department. He did not complain of the Question of his hon. Friend; but he would venture to point out that any attempt to enforce rules of morality and religion against the will of the majority of the people must be attended with consequences injurious to the public good.


wished to ask, Whether the Postmaster General received a requisition from the receivers of two-thirds of the letters before causing the restoration of the delivery?


said, a discretionary power was left in the hands of the Postmaster General, to cause the Sunday delivery of letters to be resumed, whenever it could be shown that inconvenience arose from the absence of the delivery.