An act making appropriations for the service of the Post Office Department for the fiscal year ending June thirtieth, eighteen hundred and eighty, and for other purposes

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Establishes procedures for the transmission of official mail-matter between any of the officers of the United States, or between any such officer and either of the executive departments or officers of the government, the envelopes of such matter in all cases to bear appropriate endorsements containing the proper designation of the office from which the same is transmitted, with a statement of the penalty for their misuses. These provisions are applicable to official mail-matter sent from the Smithsonian Institution.


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  • 20 Stat. 355
  • Title 39, Postal Service
  • Public Law

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Statutes at Large

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20 Stat. 355 (1879) ch. 180 (Book)

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Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520,


  • 1879
  • 03/03/1879


  • Franking privilege
  • Postal service


Public Law

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Number of pages: 2; Page Numbers: 355, 362

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