United States v. Chase
135 U.S. 255 (1890)

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United States v. Chase, 135 U.S. 255 (1890)

United States v. Chase

No. 291

Argued March 28, 31, 1890

Decided April 28, 1890

135 U.S. 255

CERTIFICATE OF DIVISION IN OPINION FROM THE CIRCUIT COURT

OF THE UNITED STATES FOR THE DISTRICT OF MASSACHUSETTS

Syllabus

The knowingly depositing an obscene letter in the mails, enclosed in an envelope or wrapper upon which there is nothing but the name and address of the person to whom the letter is written, is not an offense within the Act of July 12, 1876, 19 Stat. 90, c. 186.

A sealed and addressed letter is not a " writing" within the meaning of that act.

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