The Constables are not, in any instance, to ask for a Christmas-box from any of the inhabitants upon their beats; if any money is offered to them as a Christmas-box they must report the circumstances to their superior officer, who will ask permission from the Commissioners for them to receive it as in other cases.What? No Christmas box?! Somehow it makes me think of the "no fruit cup" line from "High Anxiety."
Source: Metropolitan Police. Instructions Orders &c. &c. 1836. London: W. Clowes & Sons.
[I'm on break. Regular blogging will resume in February.]