Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Financial, Encyclopedia.

DESPATCHES. Official communications of official Persons, on the affairs of government.
     2. In general, the bearer of despatches is entitled to all the facilities that can be given him, in his own country, or in a neutral state; but a neutral cannot, in general, be the bearer of despatches of one of the belligerent parties. 6 C. Rob. 465 see 2 Dodson, 54; Edw. 274.

References in classic literature ?
A third object of moment was to send despatches overland to Mr.
The train would take precedence of one hundred and seventy-seven others meeting and passing; despatches and crews of every one of those said trains must be notified.
During the king's absence, several despatches had been placed on his table, and he broke the seals himself.
You are a very youthful diplomat, Dicky, but even you have probably heard of governments who employ private messengers to carry despatches which for various reasons they don't care to put through their embassies.