Complaints of subscribers.
We have innumerable complaints of subscribers relative to the irregularity with which their papers are received through the mails.--It is a matter of as much regret and annoyance to us as it is to them, that these causes of complaint are so numerous.
Where they grow out of mistakes in our own office, we make the proper correction as soon as we find out the error.
We are sometimes unable to press off the paper in time for the mails.--So great is our present circulation that upon the occasional occurrence of those delays which are incidental to our business, some of the mails are unavoidably lost and thrown a day behind hand.
The greater number of complaints arise from causes over which we have no control.--The very existence of war engenders irregularity in all civil matters.
The heavy transportation demanded for the army has interfered with the transmission of everything else more or less.
The large number of enlistments; the going to war of experienced men, and the supplying of their places with those unfamiliar with duties confided to them, must have had its effect on the Post-Office Department, as on everything else.
Then the intense interest felt in the news puts every paper known to contain important intelligence in peril along its route.
Many that are mailed in due form and due time, we think we may say reasonably and truly, never reach their owners, but disappear by the way.
So far as we are concerned, we have left no stone unturned to accommodate the public.--We have just purchased another Press, and, as soon as we get that up we may be able to print more papers than we now circulate; but even that will not enable us to supply the demand.
Our circulation would be now at least forty thousand
daily if we could print as many.
We promise our readers that we will do the best we can to accommodate them.
But they must remember that these are extraordinary times — that in every branch of business there is much irregularity — and that they must bear inconvenience and disappointment with as much composure as possible.