The Post-Office Department.
We were much gratified last Saturday in reading a letter written by a gentleman of the noble, gallant and patriotic State of South Carolina
, to the indefatigable and eminently qualified Chief of the Contract Bureau of the Post-Office Department, Hon. H. St. George Offutf
, dated ‘"Anderson
C. H., S. C.
, Nov. 4th, 1861."’ relating to a change of schedule on Route No. 5627
, from Gillisonville, S. C.
, to Augusta, Ga.
, in which the writer unites with the citizens interested in asking for this change.
We were so much pleased with this letter that we asked and obtained leave to take from it the following extract, which we commend to the attention of our readers:
"This Route is 98 miles in extent, and service thereon has been reduced to once a week, supplying, nevertheless, one of the wealthiest sections of country in the Confederate States of America
I have recently passed over a large portion of the Route, and met many planters who seemed to desire this change.
They spoke of it in such a way, so becoming a manner, that they at once interested my feelings in their behalf.
There were no ill-natured expressions; no abuse of the Department, or the Chief
of any Bureau; to the contrary, a general expression of kindness and forbearance, saying they knew and appreciated the difficulties of the department, its innumerable complications and intricacies, and the herculean task it was called upon to perform in bringing about a thorough reformation in the postal service from its demoralized condition, and only desired this change, provided it could be made without injury to the service, the department, or any citizen.
The intelligence of these people, their high-toned, liberal, noble-souled sentiments, the forbearance and perfect willingness to submit, cheerfully, if the change could not thus be effected, which they manifested, were truly gratifying to my feelings, after reading some scurrilous attacks upon the departments and its officers from malignant, as well as ignorant, sources."