The despatch intrusted to my care had been borne safely to Longstreet.
He then summoned Madame Dufour, and sent her with his despatch.
Having done this, she retired, leaving the prisoner to despatch his meal alone.
The latter took the despatch, and opened it, directing Jenkins to sign the paper.
Sooner even than the captain had anticipated the news came in a despatch brought from the north of England.
This was the despatch which you saw Mr. Galloway receive in his office.
Of all the foolish acts committed by James the despatch of this letter was, in the circumstances, the most foolish.
The despatch had been stolen, opened, read, re-sealed and returned.
Without saying more, I shall be very glad if any Congressional district will, in good faith, do as your despatch contemplates.
We have had a despatch waiting for you for some time, a cablegram from London.
1510s, "to send off in a hurry," from a word in Spanish (despachar "expedite, hasten") or Italian (dispacciare "to dispatch"). For first element, see dis-. The exact source of the second element has been proposed as Vulgar Latin *pactare "to fasten, fix" or *pactiare, or as Latin -pedicare "to entrap" (from Latin pedica "shackle;" see impeach); and the Spanish and Italian words seem to be related to (perhaps opposites of) Old Provençal empachar "impede." See OED for full discussion. Meaning "to get rid of by killing" is attested from 1520s. Related: Dispatched; dispatching. As a noun, from 1540s, originally "dismissal;" sense of "a message sent speedily" is first attested 1580s.