Pre-Payment of Postage.
--The following act was passed by the Confederate Congress on Monday and being approved by the President
, was ordered to be published:
An act Relating to the Pre-Payment of Postage in certain cases
The Congress of the Confederate States of America do enact, That all letters and other matter author sed by law to be transmitted through the mail, written or sent by any officer, musician or private of the army engaged in the actual service of the Confederate States, may be transmitted through the mails to any other place in the Confederate States, without pre-payment of postage, but leaving such postage to be collected upon the delivery of such letters or other matter; Provided, nevertheless, that in all such cases the letters and other mail matter so sent shall be endorsed with the name and shall be on account of the individual sending the same, and shall contain a description of the party who sends the same, by endorsement of his military title, if an officer, or of the company and regiment to which he belongs, if a musician or private.
- 2. That letters and other mail matter sent to any officer, musician or private in the Confederate States Army, at any point from which the said officer, musician or private may have been lawfully removed, shall be forwarded to the person to whom directed at the post-office nearest which he may have been removed, free of additional postage.
- 3. That on letters transmitted by a member of Congress, with his official signature endorsed on the same, pre-payment of postage shall not be required, but the same may be paid on delivery of the letters thus transmitted.
- 4. Any person attempting to violate the provisions of this act shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and shall forfeit and pay the sum of twenty dollars to be recovered before any justice of the peace having cognizance thereof.
Approved July 29th, 1861. au 1--ts