Letters Patent

Letters Patent (or Patent Writ) from the Latin patens,patentis = open, are letters bearing the great seal of the State which the King sent"open" to the local Parliaments. They are the opposite of "Lettres de Cachet", letters sealed by the King and which carried an order from him, generally one for the imprisonment of an eminent subject. (Larousse) a reproduction of the first page concerning:
Letters Patent
with the Statutes of the Academy of Belles Lettres of Caen
with the seal of the Academy representing a Phoenix and the Motto:
"I rise again not to die anymore"


Printer to the
University of Caen
1658- 1744
produced the
Letters Patent.

The letters Patent including the Statutes of the Academy are dated 1705. They are full of praise for the Academy.