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- n. A warrant issued for someone to be taken into custody.
- n. A writ for moving records from one court to another.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A precept or warrant granted by a justice for committing to prison a party charged with crime; a warrant of commitment to prison.
- n. A writ for removing records from one court to another.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In law:
- n. A precept or command in writing, given by a justice of the peace or other proper officer, directed to the keeper of a prison, requiring him to receive and hold in safe-keeping an offender charged with a crime until he be delivered by due course of law; a warrant of commitment to prison.
- n. A writ directing the removal of a suit or of a record from the court granting it to another.
- n. A dismissal from an office or situation.
- n. In old English law, a writ by which the sheriff of a county palatine was required to summon a jury from the county for the trial of a cause, the record of which was inclosed or sent (hence the name) with the writ.
In short, there was no remedy; the mittimus was made out, and poor Clinker sent to prison in a hackney-coach, guarded by the constable, and accompanied by your humble servant.
His countenance fell; and, after a hard internal struggle, while the clerk was employed in writing the mittimus, he said he hoped his worship would not send him to prison.
Launcelot and his squire being found the aggressors, the justice insisted upon making out their mittimus, if they did not find bail immediately; and could hardly be prevailed upon to agree that they should remain at the house of the constable, who, being a publican, undertook to keep them in safe custody, until the knight could write to his steward.
Having thus made a full and ample confession, and signed the same on the 27th March, his _mittimus_ was made by Justice Lambert, and he was committed to Newgate, whither he was carried under a guard of
Holden's friends also at last took a sorrowful leave, and the mittimus being made out, it was handed to Basset, to remove the prisoner to the place of destination.
His captor then demanded the mittimus, which he tore into small pieces, and scattered around.
Justice, in the first ebullition of his anger, made out another mittimus, which he almost forced into the other's unwilling hands, and commanded him to arrest the fugitive, wherever he might find him, by night or by day, on the Lord's Day or on any other day, were the place the Sanctuary itself.
Basset, and soon learned from him, that he had a mittimus to commit
'Nos ad beatos vela mittimus portus, magni petentes docta dicta Sironis, vitamque ab omni vindicabimus cura.'
Vnde mittimus in Angliam literas domini imperatoris super hijs patentes, vobis & cæteris amicis nostris beneuolis.