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The Queen has been pleased to direct letters patent to be passed, appointing the Honourable John Chetwynd Talbot to be Attorney General to the Prince of Wales.

Whitehall, May 17, 1843.

The Queen has been pleased to direct letters patent to be passed under the Great Seal of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, appointing the Right Honourable Frederick John Earl of Ripon, Her Majesty's Commissioner for the Affairs of India, in the room of William Lord FitzGerald and Vesci, deceased.

Buckingham-Palace, March 31, 1843.

The Queen has been pleased to appoint James Robert Gardiner, Esq. to be Secretary, Receiver General, and Keeper of the Signet, for the Stewartry and Principality of Scotland.

Whitehall, May 18, 1843.

The Queen has been pleased to direct letters patent to be passed under the Great Seal, granting the dignity of a Knight of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland unto : LieutenantColonel Henry Webster.

Downing-Street, May 19, 1843. The Queen has been pleased to appoint Lieutenant-General the Honourable Patrick Stuart to be Governor and Commander in Chief in and over the island of Malta and its dependencies.

Her Majesty has been pleased to appoint Francis Burgess, Esq. to be Chief Police Magistrate in the island of Van Diemen's Land.

Her Majesty has also been pleased to appoint the Reverend George Giles to be Chaplain of the Female Penitentiary in the island of Van Diemen's Land.

Her Majesty has further been pleased to appoint William Walter Raleigh Kerr, Esq. to be Assistant Auditor General to the Government of the island of Mauritius.

TREASURY WARRANT.

WHEREAS by an Act, passed in the third and fourth years of the reign of Her present Majesty, intituled “ An Act for the regulation of the duties of postage," power is given to the Commissioners of Her Majesty's Treasury, by warrant under their hands, to alter and fix any of the rates of British or inland postage, payable by law on the transmission by the post of foreign or colonial letters or newspapers, or any other printed papers, and to subject the same to rates of postage according to the weight thereof, and a scale of weight to be contained in such warrant; and, from time to time, by warrant as aforesaid, to alter or repeal any such altered rates, and make and establish any new

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or other rates in lieu thereof; and, by warrant as aforesaid, to appoint at what time the rates that might be payable were to be paid ; and it is provided that the power thereby given to alter and fix rates of postage should extend to any increase or reduction or remission of postage :

And whereas a treaty hath been lately entered into between Her Majesty and the King of the French, for regulating, by means of a new convention, the communications by post between their respective dominions upon a more liberal and advantageous basis :

Now we, the undersigned, being three of the. Commissioners of Her Majesty's Treasury, do, in exercise of the power or authority for such purpose vested in us by the said Act, and of all other powers and authorities enabling us in this behalf, direct that, in lieu of any rates of British postage, now payable by law on the letters hereinafter mentioned, there shall be paid the rates of postage following (that is to say):

We direct, that on every letter not exceeding half an ounce in weight, transmitted by the post between any part of the United Kingdom and any part of France or Algeria (excepting letters sent direct, and not passing through England, between the islands of Jersey, Guernsey, Sark, or Alderney, and France or Algeria), there shall be paid one uniform rate of British postage of five pence.

And that on every letter not exceeding half an ounce in weight, transmitted by the post between any part of France or Algeria and any part of the islands of Jersey, Guernsey, Sark, or Alderney, direct, without passing through England, there shall be paid one uniform rate of British postage of three pence.

And we direct, that it shall be optional with the sender of any such letter as hereinbefore is men

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tioned, posted in the United Kingdom (including the Channel Islands), addressed to France or Algeria, to allow the whole of the postage thereof, British and Foreign, to be charged to the receiver of the letter in France or Algeria, or to prepay all such postage at the time of posting the letter; but such sender shall not have the option of paying the British postage thereof only, - and leaving the Foreign postage to be paid in France or Algeria.

And we direct, that letters brought into the United Kingdom from France or Algeria by any ship or vessel, without having previously passed through any post office, shall be charged with the like rates of British postage as the same are now chargeable with under the said recited Act.

And we direct, that on every letter not exceeding half an ounce in weight, conveyed by the post by way of France between any part of the United Kingdom and Turkey, the Levant, the Archipelago, Greece, or the Ionian Islands (passing through any Austrian post office), Austria, Venetian Lombardy, the States of Sardinia, Italy, the Two Sicilies, Spain, Portugal, Switzerland, Belgium, Holland, Germany, or the Northern States of Europe (excepting letters sent direct, and not passing through England, between any of those countries and the islands of Jersey, Guernsey, Sark, or Alderney), there shall be paid one uniform rate of British postage of five pence.

And that on every letter not exceeding half an ounce in weight, conveyed by the post by way of France between any part of the islands of Jersey, Guernsey, Sark, or Alderney, and any of the countries last aforesaid, direct, and without passing through England, there shall be paid one uniform rate of British postage of three pence.

And that on every letter not exceeding half an ounce in weight, conveyed by the post by way of France between any part of the United Kingdom and the East Indies (excepting letters sent direct, without passing through England, between the East Indies and the islands of Jersey, Guernsey, Sark, or Alderney), there shall be paid, in addition to the Red Sea or Persian Gulf packet rate payable under the said Act, and to any transit rate payable for the transmission of such letters through France, a rate of British postage of five pence.

And that on every letter not exceeding half an ounce in weight, conveyed by the post by way of France direct between any part of the islands of Jersey, Guernsey, Sark, or Alderney, and the East Indies, without passing through England, there shall be paid, in addition to the Red Sea or Persian Gulf packet rate, and to any transit rate payable for the transmission of such letters through France, a rate of British postage of three pence.

And we direct, that the Postmaster-General may require both the British and Foreign postage, from time to time payable on the letters lastly hereinbefore mentioned, to be paid on the same being put into the post office.

And we direct, that on every letter not exceeding half an ounce in weight, conveyed by the post by way of France and the Mediterranean between any part of the United Kingdom and any port or place in Syria or Egypt, Turkey, Greece, the Levant, the Archipelago, the Adriatic, the Black Sea, Italy, the Two Sicilies, Malta, the Ionian Islands, or any other port or place in the Mediterranean, when forwarded by the French Mediterranean packet boats (excepting letters sent direct to or from the islands of Jersey, Guernsey, Sark, or Alderney, without passing through England), there shall be paid a rate of British postage of five pence.

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