U.S. Supreme Court
United States v. Chase, 135 U.S. 255 (1890)
United States v. Chase
Argued March 28, 31, 1890
Decided April 28, 1890
135 U.S. 255
CERTIFICATE OF DIVISION IN OPINION FROM THE CIRCUIT COURT
OF THE UNITED STATES FOR THE DISTRICT OF MASSACHUSETTS
The knowingly depositing an obscene letter in the mails, enclosed in an envelope or wrapper upon which there is nothing but the name and address of the person to whom the letter is written, is not an offense within the Act of July 12, 1876, 19 Stat. 90, c. 186.
A sealed and addressed letter is not a " writing" within the meaning of that act.