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The privilege of sending certain matter through the public mails without payment of postage. In pursuance of a personal or official privilege.TLDÂ Example: The franking privilege makes it easier for lawmakers to stay in touch with their constituents with periodic mailings, but free use of the mails comes at a price to taxpayers who ultimately foot the bill.
By Henry Campbell Black
a privilege formerly enjoyed by the President, Vice-President, the Cabinet officers, the members of Congress, the delegates. From the Territories and a few others, of sending mail matter free. To each of the first four Presidents this privilege was voted for the remainder of his life, and it has also been voted to the widows of ex-Presidents. The privilege as regards individuals was abolished in February, 1873, but there is still a provision permitting packages and business letters to be sent free from the departments.
By John Franklin Jameson