§ MR. LYON PLAYFAIR
asked the Postmaster General, Whether he is aware that the United States Congress has passed an Act to transmit circulars by the papyrograph, and other means of taking numerous impressions, as printed matter; and, whether the restrictions which the English Post Office are in future to place upon the transmission of such circulars have been determined upon from a legal construction of what is printed matter or with a view of improving Post Office revenue?
§ LORD JOHN MANNERS
, in reply, said, he was aware that the United States Congress had passed the Act referred to. As to the restrictions which the English Post Office were in future to place upon the transmission of such circulars, those restrictions had been determined upon from a legal construction of what was printed matter. The decision had been come to in consequence of an opinion obtained from the Law Officers of the Crown, not with the view of improving Post Office revenue, but of preventing ulterior loss. The Order, however, would not be put in force on the 1st of May next, and the whole subject was meanwhile undergoing further consideration.