letters close
noun plural Date: 1891 letters issued by a government or sovereign to a private person in a private matter

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  • Letters close — (Lat. litterae clausae ) are a type of legal document which is a closed letter issued by a monarch or government granting a right, monopoly, title, or status to someone or some entity such as a corporation. These letters are personal in nature… …   Wikipedia

  • Letters close — Letter Let ter, n. [OE. lettre, F. lettre, OF. letre, fr. L. littera, litera, a letter; pl., an epistle, a writing, literature, fr. linere, litum, to besmear, to spread or rub over; because one of the earliest modes of writing was by graving the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • letters close — In English law, close letters are grants of the King, or instructions by the King, and, being of private concern, they are thus distinguished from letters patent. Also refers to certain Chancery Letters from the Close Rolls which have in part… …   Black's law dictionary

  • letters close — In English law, close letters are grants of the King, or instructions by the King, and, being of private concern, they are thus distinguished from letters patent. Also refers to certain Chancery Letters from the Close Rolls which have in part… …   Black's law dictionary

  • Letters Close — ♦ Sealed and closed letters, often enrolled on Close Rolls. (Sayles, George O. The King s Parliament of England, 145) Related terms: Letters Patent …   Medieval glossary

  • letters close — ˈklōs noun plural Etymology: translation of French lettres closes, from Middle French, translation of Medieval Latin litterae clausae : letters issued by a government or sovereign to a private person in a private matter distinguished from letters …   Useful english dictionary

  • letters close — noun A sealed legal document, once issued by a monarch or government, granting a right, title etc to a person or corporation Ant: letters patent …   Wiktionary

  • letters close — Same as close writs …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • Letters patent — are a type of legal instrument in the form of an open letter issued by a monarch or government, granting an office, right, monopoly, title, or status to a person or to some entity such as a corporation. The opposite of letters patent (Lat.… …   Wikipedia

  • Close Roll — The Close Roll is the administrative record created by the medieval office of the chancery that recorded all the letters close issued by the chancery. In the medieval Kingdom of England, the first Close Roll was started in 1204 under the… …   Wikipedia

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