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NUMBER OF FRANKS.

[1] The Amount of postage collected in the United Kingdom, in the year 1835, was £2,243,293, or about four times as much as that collected in the metropolitan district; consequently the whole number of chargeable letters which pass through the post offices of the United Kingdom in a year, may be assumed to be about 22,152,000 × 4 = 88,608,000.




Estimate of the Number of Franks passed through the Post Offices of the United Kingdom in a Year.


The number which arrive in London in the course of a week is, at the present time (Nov. 1836), about 53,500
The number dispatched from London in a week is about 41,200
Total of franks passed through the London office in one week 94,700
As one-half of these probably are Government franks, the greater part of which pass through the London Post Office, the number of franks carried by the cross-posts, even in the parliamentary vacation, will of course be considerably below the proportionate number of chargeable letters conveyed by the cross-posts; that number, as estimated by the amount of postage,[2] is about two-thirds of the number passed (inwards and outwards) through the London office. The number of cross-post franks, including those received and dispatched by the Dublin Post Office,
  1. Finance Accounts for 1835, pp. 54 and 57.
  2. Ditto, p. 54.