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APPROVED MARCH 3, 1879. I BRIT
POSTAL LAWS AND REGULATIONS
PUBLISHED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE
COMPILED AND EDITED BY
ARTHUR H. BISSELL,
THOMAS B. KIRBY,
ORDER OF THE POSTMASTER-GENERAL.
POST OFFICE DEPARTMENT,
Washington, D. C., July 1, 1879. The regulations herein contained are issued by my authority and have my official sanction. All former regulations and rulings in conflict, or at variance with those herein contained, are hereby abrogated. All postmasters and other postal officers and employés are required to return to the Post-Office Department all copies of former editions of the Postal Laws and Regulations immediately upon the receipt of the present volume.
L. M. Key
The laws and regulations herein contained must be carefully read by every postmaster and other person employed in the postal service, as no breach of the law or regulations will be excused on the plea of ignorance.
When any law in this book is repealed or amended by Congress, or any regulation is altered or abrogated by direction of the PostmasterGeneral, through instructions issued by circular or in the United States Official Postal Guide, the postmaster must make the necessary alteration in this book, and add a note referring to the date of the law or order of the Postmaster-General by which the change was made. (See page 353.)
In this volume the regulations follow immediately after the laws upon which they are based.
The laws are printed in long-primer type.
The regulations, executive orders, decisions of the courts, and opinions of the Attorney-General and of the Assistant Attorney-General for the Post-Office Department are printed in brevier type.
The following must be signed by every postmaster:
I have read these laws and regulations, and I will take care that all the persons employed under me shall be made acquainted with the sections thereof affecting their respective duties.