Letter to Mr. Hamilton from Mr. Scobie, 11 July 1837
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Letter to Mr. Hamilton of Queenston from Mr. Scobie, General Agent, London. The letter refers to an understanding between the proprietors of the newspapers the New York Immigrant and the Old Countrymen, and the Postmaster at Lewiston, that the U.S postage on the Emigrant was to be charged against the Canada post office upon entry into the province at Queenston. It is also noted that there was an understanding that no such charge was to be made on the Albion, their U.S. postage having always been paid by the proprietor. The writer adds that several subscribers to the Albion have stated that they have been charged the U.S. postage on the paper. He refers Hamilton to the Postmaster at Lewiston on the subject, with whom Dr. Bartlett settles annually for the Albion postage, London, July 11, 1837. An entry by the post office at Lewiston is included below, which states that it is by mistake the postage is charged, if it ever is. It is noted that the Albion sometimes comes mixed with other papers, so it is possible they are charged by mistake, July 19, 1837. A reply by Hamilton is included after this, which was sent to the U.S. Postmaster [name illegible]. He writes that he has stated that he is not authorized to make the collection, but he would forward the letter for your information, n.d. Postmarked London 12 July (date handwritten).