MR. PATRICK O'BRIEN
I beg to ask the Secretary to the Treasury, as representing the Postmaster General, whether he is aware that a petition recently forwarded by the clerks of the Eastern Central District has been returned because it was not written on foolscap paper; whether he is aware that a petition from the Central Telegraph Office written on similar paper was accepted; and if, considering the urgency of the petition, and the difficulty attending the procuring of signatures in the Eastern Central District, he will accept the petition as it stands?
§ MR. HANBURY
The Postmaster General was not aware, but he finds that it was done in accordance with an old standing rule of the London Postal Service, which must have been well known to the petitioners. He is aware that the petition from the Central Telegraph Office, which is not part of the London Postal Service, was accepted. That of the Eastern Central District was returned on Monday the 31st ult.; and a fresh petition in proper form, which was received on the 3rd inst., is now under consideration.