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TWENTY-EIGHTH CONGRESS. S1:ss.II. Ch. 43. 1845. 735 the same shall forfeit and pay three hundred dollars. And when the (3,,,,,,,,;%,,,,,8 commissions- of any postmaster amount to less than twenty-five dollars to pcsrmascers. per annum, it shall be lawful for the Postmaster General `to increase the rate of his commissions, provided that they do not exceed fifty per cent. on letter postage accruing at such office, and the Postmaster General is Accounts to hereby required to cause accounts to be kept of the postage that would b° ki? °{¥’°f*‘ bg chargeable at the rates prescribed in this act upon all matter passing ggecimigggicd {ree through the mail according to the provisions of this act; and the vn ¤_ll nnmer sums thus chargeable shall be paid to the Post Ofllce Department from pgs"'? lim the contingent funds of the two Houses of Congress and of the other to iigugaifmgcd Departments of the Government for which such mail service may have been performed, and where there is no such fund, that they be paid out of the Treasury of the United States. Sec. 7. And be it farther enacted, That the act of Congress en- Actofluneao, titled "An act authorizing the Governors of the several States to trans- 1634, ¤h.1_68. mit by mail certain books and d0cuments," approved June the thirtieth, §§,';2“““d ’" one thousand eight hundred and thirty-four, shall remain and continue ` in full force, any thing hereinbefore to the contrary notwithstanding; and the Members of Congress, the Delegates from Territories, the Membqs of Secretary of the Senate, and the Clerk of the House of Representa- C¤¤s¤¢¤¤, and tives, shall be, and they are hereby, authorized to •transmit, free of $:*:1% postage, to any post office within the United States, or the Territories public doc,,,,,-;,, thereof, any documents which have been or may be printed by order of lm ofP¤S¤¤e¢ either House of Congress, any thing in this law to the contrary notwithstanding. _ Sec. 8. And be it further enacted, That each member of the Senate, F¤'¤¤l<i¤e Drieach member of the House of Representativesyand each Delegate from ¥;l$:"€,‘;‘:;°gf a Territory of the United States, the Secretary of the Senate, and the congress, gw, Clerk of the House of Representatives, may, during each session of Congress, and for a period of thirty days before the commencement and LiY¤ll¤*i0¤· thirty days after the end of each and every session of Congress, send and receive through the mail, frcc of postage, any letter, newspaper, or packet, not exceeding two ounces in weight; and all postage charged $*;,5***26 ¤b¤¤'£;, upon any letters, packages, petitions, memorials, or other matters or Qcigaffsfg ° things, received during any session of Congress, by any Senator, Mem- paid out of conlier or Delegate of the House of Representatives, touching his official *i¤€¤¤¤ f¤¤d· or legislative duties, by reason of any excess of weight, above two ounces, of the matter or thing so received, shall be paid out of the contingent fund of the House of which the person receiving the same may A mm . ed to be a member. And they shall have the right to frank written letters f,,,;,, jg, Own from themselves during the whole year, as now authorized by law. letters. Sec. 9. And be it further enacted, That it shall not be lawful for Private}? any person or persons to establish any private express or expresses for the conveyance, nor in any manner to cause to be conveyed, or proj/ide on mag; ,0m°,_ for the conveyance or transportation by regular trips, or at stated periods or intervals, from one city, town, or other place, to any other city, tpwn, or place in the United States, between and from and to which cities, towns, or other places the United States mail is regularly transported, under the authority of the Post Office Department, of any letters, packets, or packages of letters, or other matter properly transmittable in the United States mail, except newspapers, pamphlets, magazines and periodicals; and each and every person offending against this prov181011, pempy for or aiding and assisting therein, or acting as such private express, Shnll, offending. for each time any letter or letters, packet or packages, or other matter properly transmittable by mail, except newspapers, pamphlets, magazines, periodicals, shall or may be, by him, her, or them, or through his, her, or their means or instrumentality, in whole or in part, conveyed or transported, contrary to the true intent, spirit, and meaning of thxs section, forfeit aud pay the sum of one hundred and fifty dollars.