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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Letters Patent.
So denominated because they are written upon open sheets of parchment, with the seal of the sovereign or party by whom they were issued pendent at the bottom. Close letters are folded up and sealed on the outside. (Sir Thomas Duffus Hardy.)   1

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