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dead letter

a law or ordinance that is no longer enforced but has not been formally repealed
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Set in 1925 Hong Kong, the story begins with Song Lu, a young man whose curiosity, and his job sorting "dead letters," leads him to attempt to deliver some of them.
FICTION THE LOST LETTERS OF WILLIAM WOOLF by Helen Cullen Michael Joseph, hardback PS12.99 (ebook PS7.99) HHH HH WANNABE writer William Woolf works in the Dead Letters Depot where he spends his days trying to track down the intended recipients of letters and parcels which have gone astray.
THE LOST LETTERS OF WILLIAM WOOLF by Helen Cullen, Michael Joseph, hardback PS12.99 (ebook PS7.99) HHH HH WANNABE writer William Woolf works in the Dead Letters Depot where he spends his days trying to track down the intended recipients of letters and parcels which have gone astray.
Dead letters feature in the constitutions of many countries.
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