HARRY S. NEW - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 04/22/1927 - HFSID 324374
HARRY S. NEW A 1927 letter to Senator Mayfield on postal fraud Typed Letter signed: "Harry S. New" as Postmaster General, 1 page, 8x10½. Washington, D.C., 1927 April 22. On official letterhead to Earle B.
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HARRY S. NEW
A 1927 letter to Senator Mayfield on postal fraud
Typed Letter signed: "Harry S. New" as Postmaster General, 1 page, 8x10½. Washington, D.C., 1927 April 22. On official letterhead to Earle B. Mayfield, United States Senate, in full: "I am in receipt of our letter of the 21st instant, transmitting papers relating to the request of Mr. C.F. Drake, Secretary of the Big lake Chamber of Commerce, Big Lake, Texas, to be advised as to the legality of an enterprise proposed to be conducted through the mails. In reply, I regret to advise you that the giving of opinions in matters of this character is precluded by regulation. The question of whether or not a scheme is in violation of the postal fraud statutes is one which can ordinarily be determined only after a thorough investigation of all the facts and circumstances involved. An enterprise legitimate on its face might be so operated as to constitute a fraud. Moreover, were the Department to attempt to furnish opinions in such matters the same would not be binding upon prosecuting officers and might be embarrassing to them in considering action under criminal laws. Persons proposing to use the mails must assume full responsibility for any violation of law involved. For the convenience of Mr. Drake I am enclosing herewith a copy of the postal fraud statutes. Sincerely". 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. Toned. Creased. Staple holes at top right edge. Paperclip impression at left top edge. Otherwise, fine condition.
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