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. Congress resolved on 28 Dec. 1779 that letters to and from the Commissioners abroad
should be free of postage charges, but the ordinance to regulate the post office adopted
on 18 Oct. 1782 limited free letters to those sent on public business. On 28 Feb.
1783, Congress made it clear that the franking privilege was not to cover private
letters sent along with public ones (
, 15:1415; 23:670–678; 24:156–157). But see Gerry to
, 6 Nov.