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HARRY S. NEW - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 03/31/1928 - HFSID 315384

As Postmaster General, he replies to Texas Senator Earle Mayfield's question: Can a page of the Congressional Record could be banned from the mail as obscene? Mayfield was attempting to embarrass an opponent in the upcoming Democratic primary.

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HARRY S. NEW
As Postmaster General, he replies to Texas Senator Earle Mayfield's question: Can a page of the Congressional Record could be banned from the mail as obscene? Mayfield was attempting to embarrass an opponent in the upcoming Democratic primary.
Typed Letter signed: "Harry S. New" as Postmaster General, 1 page, 8x10½. Washington, D.C., 1928 March 21. On official letterhead to Hon. Earle B. Mayfield, United States Senate, in full: "I have your letter of the 29th instant, inquiring as to whether page 7420 of October 22, 1921, contains obscene matter, and if not would it be in violation of the law to have that page printed and sent through the United States mails. For your ready reference I inclose herewith a copy of Section 211 of the Federal Penal Code making obscene matter unmailable. I cannot give you a categorical answer to your question, the construction and application of a penal statute being involved, which, as you know, is a matter within the province of the courts. I may say, however, that should copies of the matter you refer to be offered for mailing with the requisite postage thereon paid, they would be accepted for delivery, but it should be understood that such action upon the part of this Department would in no way affect the mailer's accountability to the courts for any violation that may be involved of Section 211 of the Federal Penal Code which is incorporated in the Postal Laws and Regulations, 1924, as Section 470. Sincerely yours". Harry S. New (1858-1937, born in Indianapolis, Indiana) was a US Senator from Indiana from 1917 to 1923 and US Postmaster General from 1923 to 1929 appointed by President Warren Harding and continuing in office under Calvin Coolidge. He was also a reporter, editor, part owner and publisher of the Indianapolis Journal from 1878 to 1903. Earle B. Mayfield was a US Senator from Texas, serving one term (1923-1929). The likely target of this letter was Thomas Blanton, a Texas Congressman who was trying to unseat Mayfield in the 1928 Democratic primary. Blanton had inserted a purportedly obscene letter in the Congressional Record in 1921, which the House voted to expunge by a vote of 313-1. Neither Mayfield nor Blanton would win that primary. The victor was Representative Tom Connally, who went on to serve four full terms in the Senate and chair the Foreign Relations Committee. Normal mailing folds. Corner slightly worn. Lightly toned. Paper clip crease on top right edge. Slight surface creases. Fine condition.

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