Letter of Uriah

(2 Sam. xi. 14). A treacherous letter of friendship, but in reality a death-warrant. (See Bellerophon.)

“However, sir, here is a guarantee. Look at its contents: I do not again carry the letters of Uriah.” —Sir W. Scott: Redgauntlet, chap. xvi.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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