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sponsion

(ˈspɒnʃən)
n
1. the act or process of becoming surety; sponsorship
2. (Law) (often plural) international law an unauthorized agreement made by a public officer, esp an admiral or general in time of war, requiring ratification by the government of the state concerned
3. any act or promise, esp one made on behalf of someone else
[C17: from Latin sponsiō, from spondēre to pledge]
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Move the final S to the beginning, and its transposal SPONSION (a formal pledge, frequently one entered into on behalf of a another person) is a SIT of the order 2CV, the change involving the same two letters (P + I).
Burlamaqui defined "public treaties" to "mean such agreements as can be made only by public authority, or those which sovereigns, considered as such, make with each other, concerning things, which direcdy concern the welfare of the state." (24) This accords with Grotius, whose earlier definition also distinguished treaties from "contracts of private persons," "contracts of kings which are concerned with private affairs," and sponsions. (25) According to Grotius, treaties may establish the same rights as the law of nature or lay out equal or unequal commitments on all sorts of topics involving sovereign relations.
For we shall hunt in vain among sponsions and interdicts [bread and butter law suits] for magicians and plagues and oracles and stepmothers more cruel than any in tragedy, and other subjects still more unreal than these.