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 Claus (Santa).Clause Rolls (Rotli clausi). 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Clause.
 
Letter-clause, a close letter, sealed with the royal signet or privyseal, in opposition to letters-patent, which are left open, the seal being attached simply as a legal form. (“Clause,” Latin clausus, shut, closed. “Patent,” Latin patens, open.)   1
 


 Claus (Santa).Clause Rolls (Rotli clausi). 

 
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