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MrPedanticI think it means "of the same date", in contracts, etc. So if his letter and your reply are both dated 23rd December, they are "of even date".It is more often used in deeds and contracts than correspondence. In a letter it would be more usual to say "dated today" or "of today's date".
If you have two deeds that are going to be executed on the same day and one refers to the other you can say "by a deed of even date herewith..." It is shorter that "by a deed dated the same day as this deed". Personally I prefer the longer form as it is a little clearer.
Anonymous:I'm a lawyer and we still use the "letter of even date" phrase instead of "dated today" when we want to confuse nonlawyers.
Anonymous:I agree "even date" is so commonly used in the legal field. I don't use it to confuse layman, rather it is something to tell "I am in the business too".
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