Legatus est vir bonus peregre missus ad mentiendem rei publicæ causæ.
An ambassador is an honest man sent to lie abroad for the commonwealth.
Henry Wotton, in the autograph album of Christopher Fleckamore (1604). Eight years later Jasper Scioppius published it with malicious intent. Wotton apologized, but insisted on the double meaning of lie as a jest. A leiger is an ambassador. So used by Samuel Butler, Hudibras (1678), Part II, III, 139. Also by Thomas Fuller, The Holy State and the Profane State (1642), p. 306.