See also:term is also applied to an abstract or memorandum of documents, speeches, &c . This appears to have been first in legal use, especially in the
See also:process of the transfer of
See also:land by
See also:fine and recovery (see FINE) . Further extensions of this meaning are to an explanation, comment or addition, added in the margin or at the
See also:foot of the page to a passage in a
See also:book, &c., or to a communication in writing shorter or less formal than a
See also:letter . The ordinary distinction between note and letter is reversed in
See also:diplomacy .
See also:Diplomatic notes are written communications exchanged between diplomatic agents or between them and the ministers of
See also:foreign affairs of the
See also:government to which they are accredited; they differ from ordinary letters in having a more formal character and in dealing with matters of more immediate and definite importance: e.g. the notification of adhesion to a treaty, of the re-
See also:establishment of diplomatic relations after a' war, &c . Sometimes, by agreement, a mere
See also:exchange of notes has the force of a
See also:convention . Collective notes are those signed by the representatives of several
See also:powers acting in concert . Some-times identical notes are substituted for collective, i.e. notes identical as to
See also:form and substance, but signed and delivered separately by the representatives of the several powers . Thus in 1822, at the congress of Verona, in
See also:order to overcome theobjection of
See also:Great Britain to any interference of the
See also:European concert in Spain, identical notes were presented to the
See also:Spanish government instead of a collective note . Circular notes are those addressed by one power to the other powers generally, e.g. that addressed by
See also:Thiers (
See also:November 9, 1870), on the proposed armistice, to the representatives of the great powers accredited to the government of
See also:national defence . Confidential notes are directed to inspiring confidence by giving an explicit account of the views and intentions of the plenipotentiaries and their governments .
Such a note was sent, for instance, by the plenipotentiaries of the allied powers at the
See also:conference of
See also:Poros, on the 8th of
See also:December 1828, to
See also:Capo d'
See also:Istria, the Greek
See also:president, to instruct him confidentially as to the results of their deliberations . The so-called notes verbales are unsigned, and are merely of the nature of memoranda (of conversations, &c.) . Notes ad
See also:referendum are addressed by diplomatic agents to their own governments asking for .fresh powers to
See also:deal with points not covered by their instructions, which they have had to " refer." Diplomatic notes are usually written in the third
See also:person; but this
See also:rule has not always been observed (see P .
See also:Pradier-Fodere, Cours de droit diplomatique,
See also:Paris, 1899; vol. ii. p . 524) . For notes of
See also:hand or promissory notes see NEGOTIABLE INSrRUMENTS and
See also:BILL OF EXCHANGE, and for notes passing as currency see
See also:BANKS AND BANKING,
See also:BANK-NOTE and
See also:POST .
BARON JEAN BAPTISTE NOTHOMB (18o5-1881)
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