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- n. Plural form of van-courier.
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This hath done much mischief, and retarded the return of many to their side; for had these their van-couriers been but kindly entertained, possibly ere now their whole army had come over unto us; which now are disheartened by the cold welcome of these converts.
Union and of our political institutions: and we owe it to the world as the _van-couriers_ of free government on earth, and the guardians of the first altar that has been erected to Liberty in modern times.
Thus they advance until they are within two or three days 'march of their enemies, when they proceed by night stealthily and all in a body, except the _van-couriers_.