Letter to Alex. Hamilton from David Thorburn, 16 January 1836
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Letter to Alex. Hamilton, P.M., Queenston, from David Thorburn, House of Assembly. The letter concerns mail delivery practices and theft. He writes that he was with the mail stage at Beamsville, and caused every vigilance to be used, and had the young man in charge of the post office make out the Bill giving the particulars of the arrival as noted on the roadway bill. He also met with Stephen Cook, the mail contractor at Hamilton, and gave him every particular. He showed them the necessity of having the mail bags at all times. He examined the stage with a candle and found the mail laying on top of the Stage, presenting a thief with an opportunity to take it, particularly in dark places. He hopes these hints will be strictly carried into office, and that the mail contractors realize the necessity of having their drivers strictly attend to these rules, January 16, 1836. Postmarked City of Toronto JA 18 1836.