Improvement of post office services to Belfast, County Antrim

Petition of Chamber of Commerce, Belfast, county Antrim, to Richard Wellesley, 1st Marquis Wellesley, Lord Lieutenant, Dublin Castle, complaining of inadequate communications between city and western region of Ireland and requesting establishment of a new mail coach service between Belfast and Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, signed by John S Ferguson, president, W Tennent and Samuel Bruce; includes draft memorandum on issue of site and rental for post office building in Belfast, costing and tendering of mail coach service, use of steam packets and acceleration of mail between Dublin and Belfast, in hand of Sir Edward Smith Lees, secretary, General Post Office, Dublin, with additional observations on reverse from Ferguson; also includes letter from Messrs Anderson and Greers, coach operators, Newry, County Down, to Ferguson, referring to objection in negotiations over mail coach contract and observing ‘we have now submitted to their Lordships [Post Masters General] another proposal offering forthwith to give the acceleration sought for’; also includes copy letter from Messrs Anderson and Greers, Dublin, to Lees, indicating concurrence with request for an earlier delivery of mail from Dublin plus later departure from Belfast, on condition that additional passengers may be carried on the route; also includes memorial from the mercantile interests of Belfast to the Chief Secretary’s Office, Dublin Castle, complaining of inconvenient location of existing post office building in Belfast, detention of mail ships at sea during inclement weather, mail processing difficulties, slow conveyance of mail between Dublin and Belfast and lack of improvements to city harbour; also includes elevation and ground plan of proposed post office in city, with note on back concerning lease of premises from the Marquis of Donegall; also includes printed map of town of Belfast [1822].
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