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time being, have given to the said company, or the said company shall have given to the said commissioners, 12 calendar months' notice in writing, that this contract shall determine at the expiration of the said term of 10 years; but if neither the said commissioners nor the said company shall give any such notice, this contract shall continue in force even after the said term of 10 years, until the expiration of 12 calendar mouths' notice, in writing as aforesaid, shall be given by either of the parties hereto to the other of them.

And it is hereby further agreed and provided, that the said company shall not assign, underlet, or dispose of this contract, or any part thereof; and that in case of the same, or any part thereof, being assigned, underlet, or otherwise disposed of, or of any breach of this contract on the part of the said company, their officers, agents, or servants, it shall be lawful for the said commissioners for executing the said office of Lord High Admiral, (if they think fit, and notwithstanding there may or may not have been any former breach of this contract,) by writing under the hand of their Secretary for the time being, to determine this coutract, without any previous notice to the said company or their agents; nor shall the said company be entitled to any compensation in consequence of such determination; but even if this contract be so determined, the payment of the sum of money hereinafter agreed to be made shall be enforced, should the same be not duly paid by the said company.

And it is also agreed, that the notices or directions which the same commissioners, or their secretary, officers, or other persons, are hereby authorized and empowered to give to the said company, their officers, servants, or agents, may. at the option of such commissioners, or of their secretary, officers, or other persons, be either delivered to the master of the vessel, or other officer, agent, or servant of the said company, in the charge or management of any vessel employed in the performance of this contract, or may be left for the said company at their office or house of business in London. And lastly, for the due and faithful performance of all and singular the covenants, conditions, provisoes, clauses, articles, and agreements hereinbefore contained, which, on the part and behalf of the said company, are or ought to be observed, performed, fulfilled, and kept, the said company do hereby bind themselves and their successors unto our Sovereign Lady the Queen in the sum of £50,000 of lawful money of the United Kingdom, to be paid to our said Lady the Queen, her heirs and successors, by way of stipulated ascertained damages hereby agreed upon between the same commissioners and the said company, in case of the failure on the part of the saia company in the due due execution of this contract, or any part thereof. In witness whereof, two of the said commissioners for executing the office of Lord High Admiral have hereunto set their hands and seals, and the said "Royal Mail Steam Packet Company" have hereto set their corporate seal the day and year first above written.

Signed, sealed, and delivered

by the said Commissioners,

in the presence of

JOHN JAMES.

W. PARKER, [L. S.]
DALMENY. [L. S.]

The corporate seal of the above-named Royal Mail Steam Packet
Company was hereunto affixed, by order of the Court of Direc-
tors, in the presence of

W. H. PITCHER, Sec. to Directors.
JOHN JAMES.

ROYAL MAIL STEAM PACKET COMPANY.

Capital £1,500,000 in 15,000 Shares of £100 each.

DIRECTORS.-John Irving, Esq. M. P., Chairman; Andrew Colville, Esq. Deputy Chairman; Thomas Baring, Esq., George Brown, Esq., James Cavan, Esq., Robert Cotesworth, Esq., Henry Davidson, Esq., Russell Ellice, Esq., George Hibbert, Esq., John Irving, Jr. Esq., W. S. Marshall, Esq., P. M. Stewart, Esq.

Details of service to be performed.

England to Barbadoes 16 days; stop there 10 hours. Deliver mails, &c., for Tobago, British Guiana, and Surinam. Afterwards proceed to Grenada, 140 miles, 12 hours; together 22 hours. At Grenada stop 12 hours to land the mails, passengers, &c., for all the windward ports, Laguayra, &c.

The same steamer will proceed from Grenada to the Havana, by St. Thomas, Porto Rico, Cape Nichola Mole, St. Jago de Cuba, and Jamaica, with the outward mails, and will return from the Havana to Samana (Hayti) by the same route with the inward European and intercolonial mails from these several places, the Gulf of Mexico, the Havana, and South America, and at Samana take in the mails collected from the several windward ports, and thence proceed with all the European mails to England. The course and time outwards and inwards to the port in the English Channel nearest to London, will be as is particularly stated in the following table:

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ROUTE AND TIME STEAMERS.-WEST INDIES ONLY.

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English Date Dis- Stop-Date Dis- Stop-Date Dis- Stop-Date Dis- Stop-Date Dis- Stop- Date. Dis- Date. Month. in the Channel. (a) tance. pages,

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Total days.У

&c.

tance. pages, &c.

&c.

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(a) The arrival at Barbadoes will generally take place on the forenoon of the 17th, &c. &c. This will enable the steamers to leave Grenada on the evening of the 18th, &c. &c., and consequently to accelerate thereby all the subsequent voyages, including the voyage to Europe, one day.

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Windward Stations.

No. I.

The steamer for British Guiana, &c., having taken in coals for her voyage at Grenada, the general depôt, (on account of the superiority of the port, and its complete security from hurricanes,) will proceed thence to Barbadoes (one day) in order to be ready when the next packet arrives from England, and will on her arrival proceed thence with the mails for Tobago, Demerara, &c. This steamer will carry up from Grenada to Barbadoes all the passengers and intercolonial mails, &c., collected at the former island by the steamers from all the places about to be enumerated. The return mail from Barbadoes to Europe will always be carried forward to Samana by the steamer which takes the mails from Europe brought by the subsequent packet.

Grenada to Barbadoes

Barbadoes to Tobago, Demerara, Berbice, and Parimaribo
Stop at Parimaribo

Parimaribo to Tobago, by Berbice and Demerara

Tobago to Grenada

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Distance. Days.

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Demerara will have 6 days to reply to letters, Berbice 5 days, and Tobago 9 days.

No. II.

A steamer will proceed from Grenada to the following places:

Grenada to Trinidad, Laguayra, Porto Cabello, and Curassoa,

including stoppages

Curassoa to Samana, Hayti

Samana to St. Thomas, by Porto Rico

St. Thomas to Grenada, (see table No. III)
Stoppages and allowances, say

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From Grenada to Curassoa, land the outward European and colonial mails, and from Curassoa to Grenada, by Samana, &c., land and take in intercolonial mails. The return European mails from all the places between Grenada and Samana southwards, will be carried forward by the next steamer which brings the mails by the following packet from Europe.

No. III.

From Grenada another steamer will proceed to the following places:

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The chief Haytian mail will be landed at Cape Nichola Mole. At that place also a sailing schooner will take in and proceed with the outward mails for Crooked island and Nassau, and return with the inward mails from both these places to Cape Nichola Mole, thus:

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From Grenada to Samana northwards, (St. Thomas and Porto Rico excepted,) land the outward European and intercolonial mails, and from Samana to Grenada southwards, take in the intercolonial mails for all the islands estward, northward, and westward. The return European mails from the former places, will be carried forward from Grenada to Samana by the next steamer, with the mails by the following packet from Europe. All the islands and places here alluded to will consequently have 15 days to reply to their letters.

Curassoa to Carthagena, by Santa Martha, is 420 miles. A sailing vessel will carry forward from Curassoa the outward mails for the two latter places, by which means they will get these one or two days earlier than by way of Jamaica, and, having delivered these, will return immediately to Curassoa with the coast return and intercolonial mails. The return mails from Carthagena and Santa Martha for Europe, will be taken by the steamer returning from Chagres to Jamaica. The course and time of the sailing vessel may be, outwards 4 days; inwards 8 days. If it is back within 15 days, it will be in time for the next outward steamer from Barbadoes, &c.

Chagres and Gulf of Mexico Stations, &c.

A steamer will proceed from Jamaica to Chagres direct
Stop at Chagres
Chagres to Jamaica, by Carthagena and Santa Martha

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