What does the word legation mean?

Usage examples for legation

  1. At the same time, the legation, which had been sent to England to offer the sovereignty to Queen Elizabeth, sent encouraging despatches to Antwerp, assuring the authorities that arrangements for an auxiliary force had been effected; while Elizabeth herself wrote earnestly upon the subject with her own hand. – Project Gutenberg History of The Netherlands, 1555-1623, Complete by John Lothrop Motley
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