Letters missive


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letters conveying the permission, comand, or advice of a superior authority, as a sovereign. They are addressed and sent to some certain person or persons, and are distinguished from letters patent, which are addressed to the public.

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at Deacon Moore's Co signed 10 letters missive for the purpose of calling a Council to ye Ordination of Mr.