Australia Mail Packets
About fourteen days ago we informed that there would be no screw steamer for
December mail and we then wrote to the Postmaster General who replied that as
the Post Office was under contract with the General Screw Company he could
interfere in any way. Subsequently a gentleman connected with the latter,
accompanied by their Liverpool agent, waited on us and offered the mail on
certain terms which we declined and they left us stating that they would try
Red Jacket. It seems they did as the correspondence testifies and
we heard no more about it until business took us to London when the
negotiations were renewed and finished by the selection of the
— a ship that on her passage from America (the first passage
since she was launched) beat every ship on record including the Red
Jacket. During the whole transaction the port of Southampton was never
stipulated for and we saw nothing but the greatest desire on the part of the
Post Office and the General Screw Company to meet the difficulty in a
The Times, November 27, 1854.
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