It is of importance to the Post office Department and to those who wish to make bids for carrying the mails for the four years ensuing and to the people of the State of Iowa who desire additional mail facilities that it should be kept in mind that bids will be received at the contract office in Washington not later than the 31st day of March next. Full proposals may be found published in the State Register and several other newspapers in the State.
Bids are invited on more than 200 routes, for more than 2,000 miles of daily service, 2,500 tri-weekly, 2,000 semi-weekly, and more than 4,000 weekly. Of the above on seventy routes there is a proposal for an increase of service – being an aggregate distance of 1,600 miles.
It is thought that the desired increase of service will not be granted unless the bids are low. The Post Office Department confidently anticipates such a competition as will materially lessen the cost of mail transportation.
A new supply of blanks for proposals will be found at Des Moines, Council Bluffs, Eddyville, Burlington, Davenport, Clinton, Dubuque, Cedar Falls, and Grinnell, with the Post Masters at the above offices, who will furnish all necessary information to those desiring to become mail contractors, and all Post Masters in the State are expected to subserve the Postal interests in reference to the Mail lettings.
Newspapers which have published proposals and all others in the State are respectfully invited to publish the above for the P. O. Department.
J. B. GRINNELL,
– Published in The Burlington Weekly Hawk-Eye, Burlington, Iowa, Saturday, March 1, 1862, p. 1