The despatch intrusted to my care had been borne safely to Longstreet.
I have received a despatch which will prevent me from leaving Jacksonville for a few days.
Having done this, she retired, leaving the prisoner to despatch his meal alone.
The despatch is a singular example of its author's mental habits.
Sooner even than the captain had anticipated the news came in a despatch brought from the north of England.
I shall have much pleasure in reading the despatch to you the first time we meet.
Of all the foolish acts committed by James the despatch of this letter was, in the circumstances, the most foolish.
I cannot go on sending despatch after despatch, none of which reach their destination.
Without saying more, I shall be very glad if any Congressional district will, in good faith, do as your despatch contemplates.
On Sunday the 16th, at nightfall, he started with 1,500 men with all secrecy and despatch.
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.