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LATITAT, Eng. law. He lies hid. The name of a writ calling a defendant to answer to a personal action in the king's bench; it derives its name from a supposition that the defendant lurks and lies hid, and cannot be found in the county of Middlesex, (in which the said court is holden,) to be taken there, but is gone into some other county, and therefore requiring the sheriff to apprehend him in such other county. Fitz. N. B. 78.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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If he is your Christian neighbour, he is holy in almost the same way, for in him also Christ vere latitat [Latin, "truly hides']--the glorifier and the glorified, Glory Himself, is truly hidden.
(17) Should the defendant not be found in Middlesex, as was most often the case, the plaintiff would then inform the court that the defendant "lurks and runs about" in a particular county, at which point the court would issue a writ of arrest (latitat) to the sheriff of that country.
Taking into consideration, as it does, every author, every illustrator, including the identities of those who, for whatever reason, chose to lurk - latitat et discurrit as the legal tag has it - behind the masks of pseudonyms, this has called for the deployment of an unusually wide-ranging expertise.