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 for LOST
From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  LOST. What was once possessed and cannot now be found. 
       2. When a bond or other deed was lost, formerly the obligee or 
  plaintiff was compelled to go into equity to seek relief, because there was 
  no remedy a law, the plaintiff being required to make profert in his 
  declaration. 1 Chan. c. 7T. But in process of time courts of law dispensed 
  with profert in such cases, and thereby obtained concurrent jurisdiction 
  with the courts of chancery, so that now the loss of any paper, other than a 
  negotiable note, will not prevent the plaintiff from recovering at law as 
  well as in equity. 3 Atk. 214; 1 Ves. 341; 5 Ves. 235; 6 Ves. 812, 7 Ves. 
  19; 3 V. & B. 54. 
       3. When a negotiable note has been lost, equity will grant relief. In 
  such case the claimant must tender an indemnity to the debtor, and file a 
  bill in chancery to compel payment. 7 B. & C. 90; Ryan & Mo. 90; 4 Taunt. 
  602; 2 Ves. sen. 327; 16 Ves. 430. 

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