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n. shorthand for letters testamentary or letters of administration, which authorize a person to administer the estate of a person who has died. (See: letters testamentary, letters of administration)

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ROGATORY, LETTERS. A kind of commission from a judge authorizing and requesting a judge of another jurisdiction to examine a witness. Vide Letters Rogatory.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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The envelope contained a letter: and this, in its turn, contained a slip of paper.
Anna Mikhaylovna, in a few words, told her the contents of the letter, on condition that she should tell no one.
"The Person may insult me by addressing a letter to my care.
Emily laid it aside, deferring her answer until she had read Cecilia's letter.
But, in the lapse of the toilsome, thoughtful, and self-devoted years that made up Hester's life, the scarlet letter ceased to be a stigma which attracted the world's scorn and bitterness, and became a type of something to be sorrowed over, and looked upon with awe, yet with reverence too.
"Well," said he, when he had read and reread the letter, "very well, monsieur.
Vanstone concluded that first part of her letter which referred exclusively to Captain Wragge.
Though Sophia read the letter twice over with great attention, his meaning still remained a riddle to her; nor could her invention suggest to her any means to excuse Jones.
The young man appeared on the threshold of the minister's closet, in one hand holding his hat, in the other the letter. Mazarin rose.
A woman is not to marry a man merely because she is asked, or because he is attached to her, and can write a tolerable letter."
It brought me a letter from my mother-in-law, which added one more to the memorable dates in my domestic calendar.
It was not in human nature--perhaps I ought to say it was not in the nature of a man who was in my situation--to refrain from showing some curiosity, on being asked to supplement a letter of recommendation by such a postscript as this.