HC Deb 15 March 1875 vol 222 c1806

asked the Postmaster General, Whether, in order to avoid the carriage for 22 miles by Mail Carts of the Mails to and from London and Salisbury at night, and the damage not unfrequently resulting therefrom to articles sent by post, he will sanction the Mails being sent by Railway the whole distance, in the event of either of the Railway Companies establishing trains at suitable times for this purpose?


, in reply, said, that the mails to and from Salisbury and London were sent by railway, except on Sundays, when there was no train. The mail carts could not, however, be dispensed with, as they were required for the intermediate country letters. There was no evidence to show that letters or articles posted were more liable to damage when sent by mail carts than they were when sent by train.