commission (n.)
authoritative charge, government instruction
H8 I.ii.20[Queen Katherine to King Henry, of the people] There have been commissions / Sent down among 'em
H8 I.ii.57[Queen Katherine to King Henry] The subject's grief / Comes through commissions
H8 I.ii.92[King Henry to Wolsey] Have you a precedent / Of this commission?
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