letter of relaxation

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letter of relaxation (plural letters of relaxation)

  1. (Scotland, law) A letter passing the signet, whereby a debtor is relieved from personal diligence, or whereby an outlaw is reponed against sentence of outlawry.
    • 1858: Samuel Jones-Loyd Overstone, Overstone Tracts on Metallic and Paper Currency
      Do you think that the state of the exchanges is that which ought to guide the discretion of the Government, with reference to the issue of a similar letter of relaxation?