Up to yesterday, the force at the Post-Office had not been increased.
Important letters which we should have received Thursday, not being delivered until yesterday morning.
We are gratified, however, to learn that the Postmaster General
has authorized an addition to the number of clerks, which the Postmaster
thinks will be sufficient to meet the demands of increased population and increased mail matter.
These additional clerks
have been written for. They could not be taken promiscuously from among the unemployed, because the profession of Post-Office Clerk requires a smart apprenticeship before one can be a proficient in it; and, just now, competent clerks, and not apprentices are needed.
Those that are written for, it is said, will be promptly here, and then the mails will be duly opened and duly delivered.
We repeat what we have before said, that the complaint on this subject has not been occasioned by any delinquency in the present occupants of the Post-Office.
The Postmaster is one of the most polite and obliging of officers, and conducts his business system atically.
His clerks, moreover, are intelligent and efficient young men. But they could not accomplish impossibilities.
They could not get through in proper time with the immensely increased burthens thrown upon them, by making Richmond
the seat of the Confederate Government, and the concentration of so many troops within its limits and around it. An increased force ought to have been long since accorded to the Postmaster
We take occasion again to suggest that the facilities for the general delivery ought to be increased.
One little square hole is not enough for the vast throng receiving letters at that department in the office.
It must be remembered that besides the increased population inquiring for letters there, some ten thousand soldiers, more or less, are always in the vicinity, the greater part of whom are receiving letters from home.
No man can behold the crowd pressing towards the general delivery, without being convinced that something ought to be done for its relief.