[PW] Abbreviation used in hand-delivered mail?

Sylvia Milne sylviamilne at btinternet.com
Sat Dec 1 09:57:50 PST 2018

Abbreviation of en main propre?

Sylvia Milne
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> On 1 Dec 2018, at 16:45, John Cowan <cowan at ccil.org> wrote:
> I'm asking this on behalf of piffle, the social sublist of the Dorothy L.
> Sayers mailing list.  The question has no particular connection with
> Sayers's work, however.
> The original poster writes:
> I am trying to track down an abbreviation. It is a series of three (?)
>> letters, which when written on  a letter, show that it is to be hand
>> delivered by the favour of a third party.
> For example,
> Mark Smith writes a letter to John Brown. Mark hands the letter to Tom
>> Green. Tom Green is to give the letter to John Brown when they meet on
>> Monday.
> In the top left-hand  corner of the envelope  is written
>> By hand XXX Mr T Green
> The name Mr John Smith is written centrally on the envelope in the usual
>> place.
> The letters XXX show the missing abbreviation.  I suspect that it is an
>> abbreviation  for a French phase.
> Conjectures offered by the collective Pifflemind were:
>   - c/o (presumably "by the courtesy of" rather than "in care of")
>   - LAM or LLM for "livraison à la main" (labeled "a wild guess")
>   - per (not an abbreviation, of course)
> All these were rejected by the original poster, who said that he saw it
> used by an elderly friend, now dead; I'd conjecture the OP is no spring
> chicken himself.  Do womb at ts have any other ideas or references to offer?
> advTHANKSance.
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