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Letters Patent

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So denominated because they are written upon open sheets of parchment, with the seal of the sovereign or party by whom they were issued pendent at the bottom. Close letters are folded up and sealed on the outside. (Sir Thomas Duffus Hardy.)

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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Letter of Licence (A)
Letter of Marque
Letter of Orders (A)
Letter of Pythagoras (The)
Letter of Safe Conduct
Letter of Uriah (2 Sam, xi. 14)
Letters
Letters
Letters Missive
Letters Overt
Letters Patent
Letters at the Foot of a Page
Letters of Administration
Letters of Bellerophon
Letters of Horning
Letters of Junius
Letters of the Sepulchre
Lettre de Cachet (French)
Lettre de Jérusalem
Leucadia or Leucas
Leucippus (Greek, Leukippos)

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Letters Patent