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 for Letters missive
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Missive \Mis"sive\, a. [See Missive, n.]
     1. Specially sent; intended or prepared to be sent; as, a
        letter missive. --Ayliffe.
        [1913 Webster]
     2. Missile. "The missive weapons fly." --Dryden.
        [1913 Webster]
     Letters missive, letters conveying the permission, comand,
        or advice of a superior authority, as a sovereign. They
        are addressed and sent to some certain person or persons,
        and are distinguished from letters patent, which are
        addressed to the public.
        [1913 Webster]

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