Definitions from Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition and Ballentine's Law Dictionary as are available for each term in each dictionary.
  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    A message, letter or order sent with speed on affairs of state; a telegraphic message. In maritime law. Diligence, due activity, or proper speed in the discharge of a cargo; the opposite of delay. Terjesen v. Carter, 9 Daly (N. Y.) 193; Moody v. Laths (D. C.) 2 Fed. 607; Sleeper v. Puig, 22 Fed. Cas. 321.
    —Cnstomary dispatch. Such as accords with the rules, customs, and usages of the port where the discharge is made.
    —Quick dispatch. Speedy discharge of cargo without allowance for the customs or rules of the port or for delay from the crowded state of the harbor or wharf. Mott v. Frost (D. C.) 47 Fed. 82; Bjorkquist v. Certain Steel Rail Crop Ends (D. C.) 3 Fed. 717; Davis v. Wallace, 7 Fed. Cas. 182.