Letter requesting cat allowance (1912)

Cats were first officially appointed by the Post Office to catch rodents in September 1868, although there were undoubtedly cats in Post Offices before then. This letter is from the controller of stores at an Edinburgh depot, requesting the Secretary's permission to employ a cat to deal with their mouse problem. The employment of a cat in these circumstances did occasionally happen and an allowance could be paid to cover the cost of feeding and looking it. Following this letter, Edinburgh depot was awarded the funds to employ a feline helper.

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