from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A box or case in which official despatches are carried by a special messenger.


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  • He sleeps with the keys of his despatch-box on a string round his neck.

    The Memoires of Barry Lyndon

  • He remained in a standing position, supporting his crooked frame by his hand, which he leaned on a despatch-box; he glared on me steadily with his wild phosphoric eyes, from under the dark brows I have described to you, now corrugated in lines indescribably stern.

    Uncle Silas

  • His fury was excited to a pitch that was very nearly ungovernable; and after it had exhibited itself in the way I have said, Captain Lake opened a little despatch-box, and took therefrom

    Wylder's Hand

  • He drew his despatch-box nearer to him affectionately, as he thought on the precious records it contained.

    Wylder's Hand

  • So reasoned the good attorney, as with a languid smile and a sigh of content, his long hand laid across the cover of the despatch-box by his side, he looked forth through the plate-glass window upon the sunny fields and hedgerows that glided by him, and felt the blessed assurance, ‘look, whatsoever he doeth it shall prosper,’ mingling in the hum of surrounding nature.

    Wylder's Hand

  • And in this happy state, and volunteering all manner of courtesies, opening and shutting windows, lending his railway guide and his newspapers whenever he had an opportunity, he at length reached the great London terminus, and was rattling over the metropolitan pavement, with his hand on his despatch-box, to his cheap hotel near the Strand.

    Wylder's Hand

  • So he did, and hid away the note in his despatch-box, and said — ‘The family all quite well, I hope?’ whereat Larcom shook his head.

    Wylder's Hand

  • Larkin, his clerk, and the despatch-box, had a short wait in the Dutch room, before his admission to the library, where an animated debate was audible.

    Wylder's Hand

  • Instead, she approached her desk, and lighting a taper, tied and sealed the packet; then she opened the wardrobe, drew out a despatch-box, and deposited the letters within it.

    The House of Mirth

  • In it, he mixed himself a whisky-and-soda, sat down at the writing-table, and unlocked a despatch-box.

    The Crooked House


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