Arago: Exhibits


Congressional Free Franks, pre-1873 - 2

Free Frank cover

FREE FRANK SIGNED BY JAMES B. CLAY, ca. 1857-1859. James B. Clay, son of Henry Clay, send this item to his son using a free frank. Clay served in the House of Representatives from March 1857 until March 1859. Since free franking did not apply to personal mail, this letter is an example of abuse of the privilege.

Free Frank cover

FREE FRANK COVER ADDRESSED TO WILLAIM C. RIVES. A Jackson Democrat from Virginia, Rives served in both the Senate and the House. He also served as Andrew Jackson's minister to France. The cover, postmarked in Richmond, is dated June 30, 1860.