"Upon perusal of the Statute for settling the Post Office in the 12th year of the late King. It is manifest that the King is thereby empowered to appoint a Post throghout his dominions and in Jamaica by consequence. By the said act noe rate is fixed or settled for Jamaica without which nothing can bee done.
Therefore it seems to me since the King may approve and setle a Post there, that he may alsoe setle a reasonable rate where none is otherwise setled or provided. And I know noe rate so fitt to goe by as the rates provided by the Act for Ireland.
(Signed) T. POWIS*.
26th June, 1688."
(* Sir Thomas Powis, Attorney General to the King)