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 for FRANK
From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  FRANK. The privilege of sending and receiving letters, through the mails, 
  free of postage. 
       2. This privilege is granted to various officers, not for their own 
  special benefit, but with a view to promote the public good. 
       3. The Act of the 3d of March, 1845, s. 1, enacts, That members of 
  congress, and delegates from the territories, may receive letters, not 
  exceeding two ounces in weight, free of postage, during the recess of 
  congress; and the same privilege is extended to the vice-president of the 
  United States. 
       4. It is enacted, by 3d section, That all printed or lithographed 
  circulars and handbills, or advertisements, printed or lithographed, on 
  quarto post or single cap paper, or paper not larger than single cap, 
  folded, directed, and unsealed, shall be charged with postage, at the rate 
  of two cents for each sheet, and no more, whatever be the distance the same 
  may be sent; and all pamphlets, magazines, periodicals, and every other kind 
  and description of printed or other matter, (except newspapers,) which shall 
  be unconnected with any manuscript communication whatever, and which it is 
  or may be lawful to transmit by the mail of the United States, shall be 
  charged with postage, at the rate of two and a half cents for each copy 
  sent, of no greater weight than one ounce, and one cent additional shall be 
  charged for each additional ounce of the weight of every such pamphlet, 
  magazine, matter, or thing, which may be transmitted through the mail, 
  whatever be the distance the tame may be transported and any fractional 
  excess, of not less than one-half of an ounce, in the weight of any such 
  matter or thing, above one or more ounces, shall be charged for as if said 
  excess amounted to a full ounce. 
       5. And, by the 8th section, That each member of the senate, each member 
  of the house of representatives, and each delegate from a territory of the 
  United States, the secretary of the senate, and the clerk of the house, of 
  representatives, may, during each session of congress, and for a period of 
  thirty days before the commencement, and thirty days after the end of each 
  and every session of congress, Bend and receive through the mail, free of 
  postage, any letter, newspaper, or packet, not exceeding two ounces in 
  weight; and all postage charged upon any letters, packages, petitions 
  memorials, or other matters or things, received during any session of 
  congress, by any senator, member, or delegate of the house of 
  representatives, touching his official or legislative duties, by reason of 
  any excess of weight, above two ounces, on the matter or thing so received, 
  shall be paid out of the contingent fund of the house of which the person 
  receiving the same may be a member. And they shall have the right to frank 
  written letters from themselves during the whole year, as now authorized by 
  law. 
       6. The 5th section repeals all acts, and parts of acts, granting or 
  conferring upon any person whatsoever the franking privilege. 
       7. The 23d section enacts, That nothing in this act contained shall be 
  construed to repeal the laws granting the franking privilege to the 
  president of the United States when in office, and to all ex-presidents, and 
  the widows of the former presidents, Madison and Harrison. 
       8. The Act of March 1, 1847, enacts as follows 
       Sec. 3. That all members of Congress, delegates from territories, the 
  vice-president of the United States, the secretary of the senate, and the 
  clerk of the house of representatives, shall have the power to send and 
  receive public documents free of postage during their term of office; and 
  that the said members and delegates shall have the power to send and receive 
  public documents, free of Postage, up to the first Monday of December 
  following the expiration of their term of office. 
       Sec. 4. That the secretary of the senate and clerk of the house of 
  representatives shall have the power to receive, as well as to send, all 
  letters and packages, not weighing over two ounces, free of postage, during 
  their term of office. 
       Sec. 5. That members of congress shall have the power to receive, as 
  well as to send, all letters and packages, not weighing over two ounces, 
  free of postage, up to the first Monday in December following the expiration 
  of their term of office. 
  
  

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  FRANK, FREE. This word is used in composition, as frank-almoign, frank-
  marriage, frank-tenement, &c. 
  
  

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