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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.

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she said to the count, pointing triumphantly to the countess, who sat holding in one hand the snuffbox with its portrait and in the other the letter, and pressing them alternately to her lips.
The Person may insult me by addressing a letter to my care.
She abruptly thrust the letter (as the phrase is) into my face.
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.
Very well, Monsieur Mordaunt," said Mazarin, "give me this second letter and sit down.
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.
Give up this letter you have brought from Elba, and pass your word you will appear should you be required, and go and rejoin your friends.
It was the letter with that news in it that made father ill, they think.
The second part of the letter was devoted to the subject of the journey to London.
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.