Re: Non-Domestic Mail rate & Punishment for demanding more!
- Greetings all,To Bob Miller, etal,Actually the cost is, and has been for centuries, .03 cents per federal law.
Mail outside the District of Columbia [Washington D.C.] or Federal
forts, posts & territories is considered “NON-DOMESTIC MAIL”.
Here are the simple instructions to follow to utilize this cost saving method:
1. Spell out the full name of the Party, City and State.
2. Put “care of” [C/o] before the street or P.O. Box number.
3. Do not use a zip code.
4. Mark “Non-domestic Mail” under the return address on the envelope.
5. Attach .03 cents postage.
6. Do not give to a carrier or postmaster unless you have the laws in hand.
If your recipient gets the mail with no postage due… that is your proof!
37th Congress Session III, Ch. 71, 1863 states at §§ 17, 21, 22 and 23:
“Sec. 17. And be it further enacted, That upon the following mailable matter the postage must be prepaid at the time of mailing, by stamps, unless otherwise expressly provided in this act: -“
“First. Upon all domestic letters, whether passing thought the mails, or collected, or delivered by postal agents or carriers.”
“Second. On all transient printed matter.”
“Sec. 21. And be it further enacted, That the maximum standard weight for the single rate of letter postage is one half ounce avoirdupois.”
“Sec 22. And be it further enacted, That the rate of postage on all domestic letters transmitted in the mails of the United States, but delivered through the post-office or its carriers, commonly described as local or drop letters, and not exceeding one half ounce in weight, shall be uniform at three cents; and for each half ounce or fraction thereof of additional weight, there shall be charged an additional rate of three cents, to be in all cases prepaid by postage stamps plainly affixed to such letter.”
“Sec. 23. And be it further enacted, That the rate on all letters not transmitted through the mails of the United States, but delivered through the post-office or its carriers, commonly described as local or drop letters, and not exceeding one half ounce in weight, shall be uniform at two cents, and an additional rate for each half ounce or fraction thereof of additional weight, to be in all cases prepaid by postage stamps affixed to the envelope of such letter, but no extra postage or carrier’s fee shall hereafter be charged or collected upon letters delivered by carriers, nor upon letters collected by them for mailing or for delivery.”
“Sec 24. And be it further enacted, That the domestic letter rate of postage is established for all mailable matter which is wholly or partly in writing, or is so marked as to convey any other or further intelligence or information…” This is where Library Rate mail comes in...
Sec. 25 deals with matters not enumerated are to be treated as letter postage...And please note these punishments for demanding more postage than thelaw allows:
UNITED STATES CODE ANNOTATED
TITLE 18. CRIMES AND CRIMINAL PROCEDURE
CHAPTER 83--POSTAL SERVICE
Sec. 1726. Postage collected unlawfully
Whoever, being a postmaster or other person authorized to receive the postage of mail matter, fraudulently demands or receives any rate of postage or gratuity or reward other than is provided by law for the postage of such mail matter, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than six months, or both.
(June 25, 1948, c. 645, 62 Stat. 784.)
NOTES OF DECISIONS
Word "fraudulently" as used in this section is used in the ordinary sense as in other criminal statutes, and is not a word of art. U. S. v. Ludwig, D.C.Pa.1959, 177 F. Supp. 365.
"Intent to deceive," required for a conviction of fraudulent demand of excess postage, means to act knowingly and with specific intent of either causing some financial loss to another or bringing about some financial gain to one's self. U. S. v. Davila, D.C.Puerto Rico 1976, 440 F. Supp. 670.
A fraudulent demand of excess postage is made if known to be untrue or made with reckless indifference as to its truth or falsity and made with intent to deceive. U. S. v. Davila, D.C. Puerto Rico 1976, 440 F. Supp. 670.
Jim for FISH
When a man who is honestly mistaken finds the Truth...
He will either quit being mistaken or cease to be honest!~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~On Wed, 19 Jul 2006 17:34:21 +0000 baer@... writes:At 09:29 AM 7/19/2006, you wrote:Has anyone any substantive informatioin on: 4cent postage, i.e. the United States Post Office law(s) etc.
Post office to post office is how the mail works.
When mail is delivered to your house, it is a priviledge and somehow gets into the commerce aspect.
Postage from Post office to post office, i.e. general delivery shall be availableto all for 4c.