A, the first letter of the English and most other alphabets, is
frequently used as an abbreviation, (q. v.) and also in the marks of schedules
or papers, as schedule A, B, C, &c. Among the Romans this letter was used
in criminal trials. The judges were furnished with small tables covered with
wax, and each one inscribed on it the initial letter of his vote; A, when he
voted to absolve the party on trial; C, when he was for condemnation; and N L,
(non liquet) when the matter did not appear clearly, and be desired a new
A MENSA ET THORO, from bed and board. A divorce a mensa et
thoro, is rather a separation of the parties by act of law, than a dissolution
of the marriage. It may be granted for the causes of extreme cruelty or
desertion of the wife by the hushand. 2 Eccl. Rep. 208. This kind of divorce
does not affect the legitimacy of children, nor authorize a second marriage. V.
A vinculo matrimonii; Cruelty Divorce.
A PRENDRE, French, to take, to seize, in contracts, as profits a
prendre. Ham. N. P. 184; or a right to take something out of the soil. 5 Ad.
& Ell. 764; 1 N. & P. 172 it differs from a right of way, which is
simply an easement or interest which confers no interest in the land. 5 B.
& C. 221.
A QUO, A Latin phrases which signifies from which; example, in
the computation of time, the day a quo is not to be counted, but the day ad
quem is always included. 13 Toull. n. 52 ; 2 Duv. n. 22. A court a quo, the
court from which an appeal has been taken; a judge a quo is a judge of a court
below. 6 Mart. Lo. R. 520; 1 Har. Cond. L. R. 501. See Ad quem.
A RENDRE, French, to render, to yield, contracts. Profits a
rendre; under this term are comprehended rents and services. Ham N. P. 192.
A VINCULO MATRIMONII, from the bond of marriage. A marriage may
be dissolved a vinculo, in many states, as in Pennsylvania, on the ground of
canonical disabilities before marriage, as that one of the parties was legally
married to a person who was then living; impotence, (q. v.,) and the like
adultery cruelty and malicious desertion for two years or more. In New York a
sentence of imprisonment for life is also a ground for a divorce a vinculo.
When the marriage is dissolved a vinculo, the parties may marry again but when
the cause is adultery, the guilty party cannot marry his or her paramour.
AB INITIO, from the beginning.
2. When a man enters upon lands or into the house of another by
authority of law, and afterwards abuses that authority, he becomes a trespasser
ab initio. Bac. Ab. Trespass, B.; 8 Coke, 146 2 Bl. Rep. 1218 Clayt. 44. And if
an officer neglect to remove goods attached within a reasonable time and
continue in possession, his entry becomes a trespass ab initio. 2 Bl. Rep.
1218. See also as to other cases, 2 Stra. 717 1 H. Bl. 13 11 East, 395 2 Camp.
115 2 Johns. 191; 10 Johns. 253; ibid. 369.
3. But in case of an authority in fact, to enter, an abuse of such
authority will not, in general, subject the party to an action of trespass,
Lane, 90 ; Bae. Ab. Trespass, B ; 2 T. It. 166. See generally 1 Chit. PI. 146.
AB INTESTAT. An heir, ab intestat, is one on whom the law casts
the inheritance or estate of a person who dies intestate.
AB IRATO, civil law. A Latin phrase, which signifies by a man in
anger. It is applied to bequests or gifts, which a man makes adverse to the
interest of his heir, in consequence of anger or hatred against him. Thus a
devise made under these circumstances is called a testament ab irato. And the
suit which the heirs institute to annul this will is called an action ab irato.
Merlin, Repert. mots Ab irato.
ABANDONMENT, contracts. In the French law, the act by which a
debtor surrenders his property for the benefit of his creditors. Merl. Rep. mot
ABANDONMENT, contracts. In insurances the act by which the
insured relinquishes to the assurer all the property to the thing insured.
2. – No particular form is required for an abandonment, nor need it
be in writing; but it must be explicit and absolute, and must set forth the
reasons upon which it is founded.
3. – It must also be made in reasonable time after the loss.
4. – It is not in every case of loss that the insured can abandon.
In the following cases an abandonment may be made: when there is a total loss;
when the voyage is lost or not worth pursuing, by reason of a peril insured
against or if the cargo be so damaged as to be of little or no value; or where
the salvage is very high, and further expense be necessary, and the insurer
will not engage to bear it or if what is saved is of less value than the
freight; or where the damage exceeds one half of the value of the goods insured
or where the property is captured, or even detained by an indefinite embargo ;
and in cases of a like nature.
5. – The abandonment, when legally made transfers from the insured
to the insurer the property in the thing insured, and obliges him to pay to the
insured what he promised him by the contract of insurance. 3 Kent, Com. 265; 2
Marsh. Ins. 559 Pard. Dr. Coin. n. 836 et seq. Boulay Paty, Dr. Com. Maritime,
tit. 11, tom. 4, p. 215.
ABANDONMENT. In maritime contracts in the civil law, principals
are generally held indefinitely responsible for the obligations which their
agents have contracted relative to the concern of their commission but with
regard to ship owners there is remarkable peculiarity; they are bound by the
contract of the master only to the amount of their interest in the ship, and
can be discharged from their responsibility by abandoning the ship and freight.
Poth. Chartes part. s. 2, art. 3, 51; Ord. de la Mar. des proprietaires, art.
2; Code de Com. 1. 2, t. 2, art. 216.
ABANDONMENT, lights. The relinquishment of a right; the giving
up of something to which we are entitled.
2. – Legal rights, when once vested, must be divested according to
law, but equitable rights may be abandoned. 2 Wash. R. 106. See 1 H. & M.
429; a mill site, once occupied, may be abandoned. 17 Mass. 297; an application
for land, which is an inception of title, 5 S. & R. 215; 2 S. & R. 378;
1 Yeates, 193, 289; 2 Yeates, 81, 88, 318; an improvement, 1 Yeates, 515 ; 2
Yeates, 476; 5 Binn. 73; 3 S. & R. 319; Jones' Syllabus of Land Office
Titles in Pennsylvania, chap. xx; and a trust fund, 3 Yerg. 258 may be
3. – The abandonment must be made by the owner without being
pressed by any duty, necessity or utility to himself, but simply because he
wishes no longer to possess the thing; and further it must be made without any
desire that any other person shall acquire the same; for if it were made for a
consideration, it would be a sale or barter, and if without consideration, but
with an intention that some other person should become the possessor, it would
be a gift: and it would still be a gift though the owner might be indifferent
as to whom the right should be transferred; for example, he threw money among a
crowd with intent that some one should acquire the title to it.
ABANDONMENT for torts, a term used in the civil law. By the
Roman law, when the master was sued for the tort of his slave, or the owner for
a trespass committed by his animal, he might abandon them to the person
injured, and thereby save himself from further responsibility.
2. – Similar provisions have been adopted in Louisiana. It is
enacted by the civil code that the master shall be answerable for all the
damages occasioned by an offence or quasi offence committed by his slave. He
may, however, discharge himself from such responsibility by abandoning the
slave to the person injured; in which case such person shall sell such slave at
public auction in the usual form; to obtain payment of the damages and costs;
and the balance, if any, shall be returned to the master of the slave, who
shall be completely discharged, although the price of the slave should not be
sufficient to pay the whole amount of the damages and costs; provided that the
master shall make abandonment within three days after the judgment awarding
such damages, shall have been rendered; provided also that it shall not be
proved that the crime or offence was committed by his order, for in such cases
the master shall be answerable for all damages resulting therefrom, whatever be
the amount, without being admitted to the benefit of abandonment. Art. 180,
3. – The owner of an animal is answerable for the damages he has
caused; but if the animal had been lost, or had strayed more than a day, he may
discharge himself from this responsibility, by abandoning him to the person who
has sustained the injury, except where the master has turned loose a dangerous
or noxious animal, for then he must pay for all the harm he has done, without
being allowed, to make the abandonment. Ib. art. 2301.
ABANDONMENT, malicious. The act of a hushand or wife, who leaves
his or her consort wilfully, and with an intention of causing perpetual
2. – Such abandonment, when it has continued the length of time
required by the local statutes, is sufficient cause for a divorce. Vide 1 Hoff.
R. 47; Divorce.
ABATEMENT, chancery practice, is a suspension of all proceedings
in a suit, from the want of proper parties capable of proceeding therein. It
differs from an abatement at law in this, that in the latter the action is in
general entirely dead, and cannot be revived, 3 Bl. Com. 168 but in the former,
the right to proceed is merely suspended, and may be revived by a bill of
revivor. Mitf. Eq. Pl. by Jeremy, 57; Story, Eq. PI. 354.
ABATEMENT, contracts, is a reduction made by the creditor, for
the prompt payment of a debt due by the payor or debtor. Wesk. on Ins. 7.
ABATEMENT, merc. law. By this term is understood the deduction
sometimes made at the custom-house from the duties chargeable upon goods when
they are damaged See Act of Congress, March 2, 1799, s. 52, 1 Story L. U. S.
ABATEMENT, pleading, is the overthrow of an action in
consequence of some error committed in bringing or conducting it when the
plaintiff is not forever barred from bringing another action. 1 Chit. Pl. 434.
Abatement is by plea. There can be no demurrer in abatement. Willes' Rep. 479;
2. Pleas in abatement will be considered as relating, 1, to the
jurisdiction of the court; 2, to the person of the plaintiff; 3, to that of the
defendant; 4, to the writ; 5, to the qualities. of such pleas ; 6, to the form
of such pleas; 7, to the affidavit of the truth of pleas in abatement.
3. – 1. As to pleas relating to the jurisdiction of the court, see
article Jurisdiction, and Arch. Civ. Pl. 290; 1 Chit. PI. Index. tit,
Jurisdiction. There is only one case in which the jurisdiction of the court may
be inquired of under the general issue, and that is where no court of the
country has jurisdiction of the cause, for in that case no action can be
maintained by the law of the land. 3 Mass. Rep. Rea v. Hayden, 1 Dougl. 450; 3
Johns. Rep. 113; 2 Penn. Law Journal 64, Meredith v. Pierie.
4. – 2. Relating to the person of the plaintiff. 1. The defendant
may plead to the person of the plaintiff that there never was any such person
in rerum natura. Bro. Brief, 25 ; 19 Johns. 308 Com. Dig. Abatement, E 16. And
if one of several plaintiffs be a fictitious person, it abates the writ. Com.
Dig. Abatement, E 16; 1 Chit. Pl. 435; Arch. Civ. Pl. 304. But a nominal
plaintiff in ejectment may sustain an action. 5 Verm. 93; 19 John. 308. As to
the rule in Pennsylvania, see 5 Watts, 423.
5. – 2. The defendant. may plead that the plaintiff is a feme
covert. Co. Lit. 132, b.; or that she is his own wife. 1 Brown. Ent. 63; and
see 3 T. R. 631; 6 T. R. 265; Com. Dig. Abatement, E 6; 1 Chit. Pl. 437; Arch.
Civ. Pl. 302. Coverture occurring after suit brought is a plea in abatement
which cannot be pleaded after a plea in bar, unless the matter arose after the
plea in bar; but in that case the defendant must not suffer a continuance to
intervene between the happening of this new matter, or its coming to his
knowledge, and pleading it. 4 S & R. 238; Bac. Abr. Abatement, G; 4 Mass.
659; 4 S. & R. 238; 1 Bailey, 369; 4 Vern. 545; 2 Wheat. 111; 14 Mass. 295
; 1 Blackf. 288 ; 2 Bailey, 349. See 10 S. & R. 208; 7 Verm. 508; 1 Yeates,
185; 2 Dall. 184; 3 Bibb, 246.
6. – 3. That the plaintiff (unless he sue with others as executor)
is an infant and has declared by attorney. 1 Chit. Pl. 436; Arch. Civ. Pi. 301;
Arch. Pr. B. R. 142 ; 2 Saund. 212, a, n. 5; 1 Went. 58, 62; 7 John. R. 373; 3
N. H. Rep. 345; 8 Pick. 552; and see 7 Mass. 241; 4 Halst. 381 2 N. H. Rep.
7. – 4. A suit brought by a lunatic under guardianship, shall
abate. Brayt. 18.
8. – 5. Death of plaintiff before the purchase of the original
writ, may be pleaded in abatement. 1 Arch. Civ. PI. 304, 5; Com. Dig.
Abatement, E 17. Death of plaintiff pending the writ might have been pleaded
since the last continuance, Com. Dig. Abatement, H 32; 4 Hen. & Munf. 410;
3 Mass. 296 ; Cam. & Nor. 72; 4 Hawks, 433; 2 Root, 57; 9 Mass. 422; 4 H.
& M. 410; Gilmer, 145; 2 Rand. 454; 2 Greenl. 127. But in some states, as
in Pennsylvania, the, death of the plaintiff does not abate the writ; in such
case the executor or administrator is substituted. The rule of the common law
is, that whenever the death of any party happens, pending the writ, and yet the
plea is in the same condition, as if such party were living, then such death
makes no alteration; and on this rule all the diversities turn. Gilb. Com.
9. – 6. Alienage, or that the plaintiff is an alien enemy. Bac.
Abr. h.t.; 6 Binn. 241 ; 10 Johns. 183; 9 Mass. 363 ; Id. 377 ; 11 Mass. 119 ;
12 Mass. 8 ; 3 31. & S. 533; 2 John. Ch. R. 508; 15 East, 260; Com. Dig.
Abatement, E 4; Id. Alien, C 5; 1 S. & R. 310; 1 Ch. PI. 435; Arch. Civ.
PI. 3, 301.
10. – 7. Misnomer of plaintiff may also be pleaded in abatement.
Arch. Civ. Pi. 305; 1 Chitty's Pleading, Index, tit. Misnomer. Com. Dig.
Abatement, E 19, E 20, E 21, E 22; l Mass. 75; Bac. Abr. h. t.
11. – 8. If one of several joint tenants, sue in action ex
contractu, Co. Lit. 180, b; Bac. Abr. Joint-tenants, K; 1 B. & P. 73; one
of several joint contractors, Arch. Civ. PI. 48-51, 53 ; one of several
partners, Gow on Part. 150; one of. several joint executors who have proved the
will, or even if they have not proved the will, 1 Chit. PI. 12, 13; one of
several joint administrators, Ibid. 13; the defendant may plead the non-joinder
in abatement. Arch. Civ. Pl. 304; see Com. Dig. Abatement, E 9, E 12, E 13, E
12. – 9. If persons join as plaintiffs in an action who should not,
the defendant may plead the misjoinder in abatement. Arch. Civ. PI. 304; Com.
Dig. Abatement, E 15.
13. – 10. When the plaintiff is an alleged corporation, and it is
intended to contest its existence, the defendant must plead in abatement.
Wright, 12; 3 Pick. 236; 1 Mass 485; 1 Pet. 450; 4 Pet. 501; 5 Pet. 231. To a
suit brought in the name of the "judges of the county court," after such court
has been abolished, the defendant may plead in abatement that there are no such
judges. Judges, &c. v. Phillips; 2 Bay, 519.
14. – 3. Relating to the person of the defendant. 1. In an action
against two or more, one may plead in abatement that there never was such a
person in rerum natura as A, who is named as defendant with him. Arch. Civ. PI.
15. – 2. If the defendant be a married woman, she may in general
plead her coverture in abateraent, 8 T. R. 545 ; Com. Dig. Abatement, F 2. The
exceptions to this rule arise when the coverture is suspended. Com. Dig.
Abatement, F 2, 3; Co. Lit. 132, b; 2 Bl. R. 1197; Co. B. L. 43.
16. – 3. The death of the defendant abates the writ at common law,
and in some cases it does still abate the action, see Com. Dig. Abatement, H
34; 1 Hayw. 500; 2 Binn. l.; 1 Gilm. 145; 1 Const. Rep. 83; 4 McCord, 160; 7
Wheat. 530; 1 Watts, 229; 4 Mass. 480; 8 Greenl. 128; In general where the
cause of action dies with the person, the suit abates by the death of the
defendant before judgment. Vide Actio Personalis moritur cum persona.
17. – 4. The misnomer of the defendant may be pleaded in abatement,
but one defendant cannot plead the misnomer of another. Com. Dig. Abatement, F
18 ; Lutw. 36; 1 Chit. PI. 440; Arch. Civ. PI. 312. See form of a plea in
abatement for a misnomer of the defendant in 3 Saund. 209, b., and see further,
1 Show. 394; Carth. 307 ; Comb. 188 ; 1 Lutw. 10 ; 5 T. R. 487.
18. – 5. When one joint tenant, Com. Dig. Abatement, F 5, or one
tenant in common, in cases, where they ought to be joined, Ibid. F 6, is sued
alone – he may plead in abatement. And in actions upon contracts if the
plaintiff do not sue all the contractors, the defendant may plead the
non-joinder in abatement. Ibid. F 8, a; 1 Wash. 9; 18 Johns. 459; 2 Johns. Cas.
382 ; 3 Caines's Rep. 99 ; Arch.. Civ. PI. 309; 1 Chit. PI. 441. When hushand
and wife should be sued jointly, and one is sued alone, the non-joinder may be
pleaded in abatement. Arch. Civ. PI. 309. The non-joinder of all the executors,
who have proved the will; and the non-joinder of all the administrators of the
deceased, may be pleaded in abatement. Com. Dig. Abatement, F 10.
19. – 6. In a real action if brought against several persons, they
may plead several tenancy, that is, that they hold in severalty and not
jointly, Com. Dig. Abatement, F 12; or one of them may take the entire tenancy
on himself, and pray judgment of the writ. Id. F 13. But mis-joinder of
defendant in a personal action is not the subject of a plea in abatement. Arch.
Civ. PI. 68, 310.
20. – 7. In cases where the defendant may plead non-tenure, see
Arch. Civ. PI. 310; Cro. El. 559.
21. – 8. Where he may plead a disclaimer, see Arch. Civ. PI. 311;
Com. Dig. Abatement, F 15.
22. – 9. A defendant may plead his privilege of not being sued, in
abatement. Bac. Ab. Abridgment C ; see this Dict. tit. Privilege.
23. – 4. Plea in, abatement of the writ. 1. Pleas in abatement of
the writ or a bill are so termed rather from their effect, than from their
being strictly such pleas, for as oyer of the writ can no longer be craved, no
objection can be taken to matter which is merely contained in the writ, 3 B.
& P. 399; 1 B. & P. 645-648; but if a mistake in the writ be carried
into the declaration, or rather if the declaration, which is resumed to
correspond with the writ or till, be incorrect in respect of some extrinsic
matter, it is then open to the defendant to plead in abatement to the writ or
bill, 1 B. & P. 648; 10 Mod. 210; and there is no plea to the declaration
alone but in bar; 10 Mod. 210 ; 2 Saund. 209, d.
24. – 2. Pleas in abatement. of the writ or bill and to the form
or to the action. Com. Dig. Abatement, H.1, 17.
25. – 3. Those of the first description were formerly either
matter apparent on the face of the ;Writ, Com. Dig. Abatement, H l, or matters
dehors. Id. H 17.
26. – 4. Formerly very trifling errors were pleadable in
abatement, 1 Lutw. 25; Lilly's Ent. 6 ; 2 Rich. C. P. 5, 8 ; 1 Stra. 556; Ld.
Raym. 1541 ; 2 Inst. 668; 2 B. & P. 395.. But as oyer of the writ can no
longer be had, an omission in the defendant's declaration of the defendant's
addition, which is not necessary to be stated in a declaration, can in no case
be pleaded in abatement. 1 Saund. 318, n. 3; 3 B. & B. 395; 7 East,
27. – 5. Pleas in abatement to the form of the writ, are therefore
now principally for matters dehors, Com. Dig. Abatement,H 17; Glib. C. P., 51 ,
existing at the time of suing out the writ, or arising afterwards, such as
misnomer of the plaintiff or defendant in Christian or surname.
28. – 6. Pleas in abatement to the action of the writ, and that
the action is misconceived, as that it is in case where it ought to have, been
in trespass, Com. Dig. Abatement, G 5 ; or that it was prematurely brought,
Ibid. Abatement, G 6, and tit. Action E ; but as these matters are grounds of
demurrer or nonsuit, it is now very unusual to plead them in abatement. It may
also be pleaded that there ii another action pending. See tit. Autre action
pendant. Com. Dig. Abatement, H. 24; Bac. Ab. Abatement, M; 1 Chitty's Pi.
29. – 6. Qualities of pleas in abatement. 1. A writ is divisible,
and may be abated in part, and remain good for the residue; and the defendant
may plead in abatement to part, and demur or plead in bar to the residue of the
declaration. 1 Chit. PI. 444; 2 Saund. 210, n. The general rule is, that
whatever proves the writ false at the time of suing it out, shall abate the
writ entirely Gilb. C. P. 247 1 Saund. Rep. 286, (n) 7; 2 do. 72, (i) sub
30. – 2. As these pleas delay the trial of the merits of the
action, the greatest accuracy and precision are required in framing them; they
should be certain to every intent, and be pleaded without any repugnancy. 3 T.
R. 186; Willes, 42 ; 2 Bl. R. 1096 2 Saund. 298, b, n. 1 ; Com. Dig. 1, 11 Co.
Lit. 392; Cro. Jac. 82; and must in general give the plaintiff a better writ.
This is the true criterion to distinguish a plea in abatement from a plea in
bar. 8 T. IR. 615; Bromal. 139; 1 Saund. 274, n. 4 ; 284 n. 4; 2 B. & P.
125 ; 4 T. R. 227 ; 6 East) 600 ; Com. Dig. Abatement, J 1, 2; 1 Day, 28; 3
Mass. 24; 2 Mass. 362; 1 Hayw. 501; 2 Ld. Raym. 1178; 1 East, 634. Great
accuracy is also necessary in the form of the plea as to the commencement and
conclusion, which is said to make the plea. Latch. 178 ; 2 Saund. 209, c. d; 3
T. R. 186.
31. – 6. Form of pleas in abatement .1 As to the form of pleas in
abatement, see 1 Chit. PI. 447; Com. Dig. Abatement, 1 19; 2 Saund. 1, n.
32. – 7. Of the affidavit of truth. 1. All pleas in abatement must
be sworn to be true, 4 Ann. c. 16, s. 11. The affidavit may be made by the
defendant or a third person, Barnes, 344, and must be positive as to the truth
of every fact contained in the plea, and should leave nothing to be collected
by inference; Sayer's Rep. 293; it should be stated that the plea is true in
substance and fact, and not merely that the plea is a true plea. 3 Str. 705,
Litt. Ent. 1; 2 Chitt. Pl. 412, 417; 1 Browne's Rep. 77 ; see. 2 Dall. 184; 1
See further on the subject of abatement of actions, Vin. Ab. tit.
Abatement; Bac. Abr. tit. Abatement; Nelson's Abr. tit. Abatement; American
Dig. tit. Abatement; Story's Pl. 1 to 70; 1 Chit. Pl. 425 to 458; Whart. Dig.
tit. Pleading, F. (b.) Penna. Pract. Index, h. t.; Tidd's Pr. Index, h. t.;
Arch. Civ. Pl. Index, h. t.; Arch. Pract. Index, h. t. Death; Parties to
actions; Plaintiff; Puis darrein continuance.
ABATEMENT OF A FREEHOLD. The entry of a stranger after the death
of the ancestor, and before the heir or devisee takes possession, by which the
rightful possession of the heir or devisee is defeated. 3 Bl. 1 Com. 167; Co.
Lit. 277, a; Finch's Law, 1 195; Arch. Civ. Pl. 11.
2. By the ancient laws of Normandy, this term was used to signify the
act of one who, having an apparent right of possession to an estate, took
possession of it immediately after the death of the actual possessor, before
the heir entered. Howard, Anciennes Lois des Frangais, tome 1, p. 539.
ABATEMENT OF LEGACIES, is the reduction of legacies for the
purpose of paying the testator's debts.
2. When the estate is short of paying the debts and legacies, and there
are general legacies and specific legacies, the rule is that the general
legatees must abate proportionably in order to pay the debts; a specific legacy
is not abated unless the general legacies cannot pay all the debts; in that
case what remains to be paid must be paid by the specific legatees, who must,
where there are several, abate their legacies, proportionably. 2 Bl. Com. 513;
2 Vessen. 561 to 564; 1 P. Wms. 680; 2 P. Wms. 283. See 2 Bro. C. C. 19; Bac.
Abr. Legacies, H; Rop. on Leg. 253, 284.
ABATEMENT OF NUISANCES is the prostration or removal of a
nuisance. 3 Bl.
2. – 1. Who may abate a nuisance; 2, the manner of abating it. 1.
Who may abate a nuisance. 1. Any person may abate a public nuisance. 2 Salk.
458; 9 Co. 454.
3. – 2. The injured party may abate a private nuisance, which is
created by an act of commission, without notice to the person who has committed
it; but there is no case which sanctions the abatement by an individual of
nuisances from omission, except that of cutting branches of trees which
overhang a public road, or the private property of the person who cuts
4. – 2. The manner of abating it. 1. A public nuisance may be
abated without notice, 2 Salk. 458; and so may a private nuisance which arises
by an act of commission. And, when the security of lives or property may
require so speedy a remedy as not to allow time to call on the person on whose
property the mischief has arisen to remedy it, an individual would be justified
in abating a nuisance from omission without notice. 2 Barn. & Cres. 311; 3
Dowl. & R. 556.
5. – 2. In the abatement of a public nuisance, the abator need not
observe particular care in abating it, so as to prevent injury to the
materials. And though a gate illegally fastened, might have been opened without
cutting it down, yet the cutting would be lawful. However, it is a general rule
that the abatement must be limited by its necessity, and no wanton or
unnecessary injury must be committed. 2 Salk. 458.
6. – 3. As to private nuisances, it has been held, that if a man in
his own soil erect a thing which is a nuisance to another, as by stopping a
rivulet, and so diminishing the water used by the latter for his cattle, the
party injured may enter on the soil of the other, and abate the nuisance and
justify the trespass; and this right of abatement is not confined merely to a
house, mill, or land. 2 Smith's Rep. 9; 2 Roll. Abr. 565; 2 Leon. 202; Com.
Dig. Pleader, 3 M. 42; 3 Lev. 92; 1 Brownl. 212; Vin. Ab. Nuisance; 12 Mass.
420; 9 Mass. 316; 4 Conn. 418; 5 Conn. 210; 1 Esp. 679; 3 Taunt. 99; 6 Bing.
7. – 4. The abator of a private nuisance cannot remove the
materials further than is necessary, nor convert them to his own use. Dalt. o.
50. And so much only of the thing as causes the nuisance should be removed; as
if a house be built too high, so much. only as is too high should be pulled
down. 9 Co. 53; God. 221; Str. 686.
8. – 5. If the nuisance can be removed without destruction and
delivered to a magistrate, it is advisable to do so; as in the case of a
libellous print or paper affecting an individual, but still it may be destroyed
5 Co. 125, b.; 2 Campb. 511. See as to cutting down trees, Roll. Rep. 394; 3
Buls 198; Vin. Ab. tit. Trees, E, and Nuisance W.
ABATOR is, 1st, he who abates or prostrates a nuisance; 2, he
who having no right of entry, gets possession of the freehold to the prejudiae
of an heir or devisee, after the time when the ancestor died, and before the
heir or devisee enters. See article Abatement. Litt. 897; Perk. 383; 1 Inst.
271; 2 Prest. Abst. 296. 300. As to the consequences of an abator dying in
possession, See Adams' Eject. 43.
ABATUDA, obsolete. Any thing diminished; as, moneta abatuda,
which is money clipped or diminished in value. Cowell, h. t.
ABAVUS, civil law, is the great grandfather, or fourth male
ascendant. Abavia, is the great grandmother, or fourth female ascendant.
ABBEY, abbatia, is a society of religious persons, having an
abbot or abbess to preside over them. Formerly some of the most considerable
abbots and priors in England had seats and votes in the house of lords. The
prior of St. John's of Jerusalem, was styied the first baron of England, in
respect to the lay barons, but he was the last of the spiritual barons.
ABBREVIATION, practice. – The omission of some words or
letters in writing; as when fieri facias is written fi. fa.
2. In writing contracts it is the better practice to make no
abbreviations; but in recognizances, and many other contracts, they are used;
as John Doe tent to prosecute, &c. Richard Roe tent to appear, &c. when
the recognizances are used, they are drawn out in extenso. See 4 Ca. & P.
61; S.C.19E.C.L.R.268; 9 Co.48.
ABBREVIATIONS and abbreviated references. The following list,
though necessarily incomplete, may be useful to some readers. A, a, the first
letter of the alphabet, is sometimes used in the ancient law books to denote
that the paging is the first of that number in the book. As an abbreviation, A
is used for anonymous.
A. & A. on Corp. Angell & Ames on Corporations. Sometimes cited Ang. on Corp.
A. B. Anonymous Reports, printed at the end of Bendloe's Reports.
A. D. Anno\ Domini, in the year of our Lord
A. & E. Adolphus and Ellis' Reports.
A. & E. N. S. Adolphus & Ellis' Queen's Bench Reports, New Series, commonly cited Q.
A. & F. on Fixt. Amos & Ferard on Fixtures.
A. K. Marsh. A. K. Marshall's (Kty.) Reports.
Ab. or Abr. Abridgement.
Abr. Ca. Eq.
Abridgement of cases in Equity.
Ab. Sh. Abbott on Shipping.
Acc. Accord or Agrees.
Act. Acton's Reports.
Act. Reg. Acta Regia.
Ad. Eject. Adams on Ejectment.
Ad. & Ell. Adolphus & Ellis' Reports.
Ad. finn. Ad finem. At or near the ond.
Ads. Ad sectum, vide
Addam's R. Addam's Ecclesiastical Reports. In E. Eccl. Rep.
Addis on Contr. Addison on the Law of Contracts and on Parties to actions ex contractu.
Addis. R. Addison's Reports.
Ady. C. M.
Adye on Courts Martial.
Aik. R. Aiken's Reports.
Al. Aleyn's Cases.
Al. Alinea. Al et. Et alii, and others.
Al.& N. Alcock & Napier's Reports.
Ala. R. Alabama Report.
Alc. Reg. G. Alcock's Registration Case.
Ald. Van Hoes. Dig. A Digest of the Laws of Mississippi, by T. J. Fox
Alden and J. A. Yan Hoesen.
Aldr. Hilt. Aldridge's History of the Court of Law.
Alison's Principles of the Criminal Law of Scotland.
All. Mor. Tr. Allen and Morris' Trial.
Alley. L. D. of Mar. Alleyne's Legal Degrees of Marriage considered.
Alln. Part. Allnat on Partition.
Am. America, American, or
Amb. Ambler's Reports.
Am. Fer. on. Fixt. Amos & Ferard on Fixtures.
Amer. America, American, or Americana.
Amer. Dig. American Digest.
Amer. Jur. American Jurist.
And . Anderson's Reports.
Ander. Ch. War. Anderdon on Church Warden.
Andr. Andrew's Report.
Ang. on Adv. Enj. Angell's Inquiry into the rule of law which creates a right to an
incorporeal hereditament, by an adverse enjoyment of twenty years.
Ang. on Ass. Angell's Practical Summary of the Law of Assignment in trust for creditors.
Ang. on B. T. Angell on Bank Tax.
Ang. on Corp. Angell on the Law of Private Corporations.
Ang. on Limit. Angell's Treatise on the Limitation of Actions at Law, and Suits in Equity.
Ang. on Tide Wat. Angell on the right of property in Tide Waters.
Ang. on Water Courses. Angell on the Common Law in relation to Water Courses.
Anne; as 1 Ann. c. 7.
Anna. Annaly's Reports. This book is usually cited Cas. Temp. Hardw.
Annesl. on Ins. Annesley on Insurance.
Anth. Shep. Anthon's editon's of Sheppard's Touchstone.
Ap. Justin. Apud Justinianum, or Justinian's Institutes.
Arch Archbold. Arch. Civ. Pl. Archbold's Civil Pleadings. Arch. Cr. Pl. Archbold's
Criminal Pleadins. Arch. Pr. Archbold's Practice.
Arch. B. L. Archbold's Bankrupt law. Arch. L. & T.
Archbold on the Law of Landlord and Tenant. Arch. N. P. Archbold's Law of nisi Prius.
Arg. Argumento, by an argument drawn from such a law. it also signifies arguendo.
Arg. Inst. Institution au Droit Francais, par M. Argou.
Ark. Rep. Arkansas Reports. See Pike's Rep.
Ark. Rev. Stat.
Arkansas Revised Statutes.
Ashm. R. Ashmead's Reports
Aso & Man. Inst. Aso and Manuel's institutes of the Laws of Spain.
Ass. or Lib.
Ass. Liber Assissarium, or Pleas of the Crown.
Ast. Ent. Aston's Entries.
Atherl. on Mar. Atherley on the Law of Marriage and other Family Settlements.
Atk. Atkyn's Reports.
Atk. P. T. Atkyn's Parliamentary Tracts.
Atk. on Con. Atkinson on Conveyancing.
Atk. on Tit. Atkinson on Marketable Titles.
Ats. in practice, is an abbreviation for the words "at suit of," and is used when the
defendant files any pleadings; for example: when the defendant enters a plea he puts
his name before that of the plaintiff, reversing the order in which they are on the
record. C.D.(the defendant,) ats A.B. (the plaintiff.)
Aust. on Jur. The Province of Jurisprudence determind, by John Austin
Auth. Authentica, in the
Authentic; that is, the Summary of some of the Novels of the Civil Law inserted in the code
under such a title.
Ay. Ayliff'es Pandect.
Parerg. Ayliffe's Parergon juris canonici Anglicani.
Azun. Mar. Law.
Azuni's Maritime Law of Europe.
B, b, is used to point out that a number, used at the head of a page to denote the folio, is
the second number of the same volume.
B. B. Bail Bond.
B. or Bk. Book.
B. & A. Barnewall & Alderson's Reports.
B. & B. Ball & Beatty's Reports.
B. C. R. Brown's Chancery Reports.
B. Eccl. L. Burn's Ecclesiatical Law.
B. Just. Burn's Justice.
B. N. C. Brooke's New Cases.
B. P. C. or Bro. Parl. CaJ. Brown's Parliamentry Cases.
B. & P. or Bos. & Pull. Bosanquet & Puller's Reports.
B. R. or K. B. King's Bench.
B. Tr. Bishop's Trial.
Bab. on Auct.
Babington on the Law of Auctions.
Bab. Set off. Babington on Set off and mutual credit.
Bac. Abr. Bacon's Abridgement.
Bac. Comp. Arb. Bacon's (M.) Complete Arbitrator.
Bac. El. Bacon's Elements of the Common Law.
Bacon on Government.
Bac. Law Tr. Bacon's Law Tracts
Bac. Leas. Bacon (M.) on Leases and Term of Years.
Bac. Lib Reg. Bacon's John) Liber Regis, vel Thesaurus Rerum Eccleslasticarum.
Bac. Uses Bacon's Reading on the Statute of Uses. This is printed in his Law Tracts.
Bach. Man. Bache's Manual of a Pennsylvania Justice of the Peace
Bail. R. Bailey's Report.
Bain. on M.&M. Bainbridge on Mines and Minerals.
Baldwin. R. Baldwin's Circuit Court Reports.
Ball & Beat. Ball and Beatty's Reports.
Ballan. Lim. Ballantine on Limitations.
Banc. Sup. Upper Bench.
Barb. Eq. Dig. Barbour's Equity Digest.
Barb. Cr. Pl. Barbour's Criminal Pleadings.
Bar~b. Pract. in Ch.
Barbour's Treatise on the Practice of the Court of Chancery.
Barbour's Chancery Reports.
Barb. Grot. Grotius on War and Peace, with notes by Barbeyrac.
Barb. Puff. Puffendorf's Law of Nature and Nations, with notes by M. Barbeyrac.
Barb. on Set off. Barbour on the Law of Set off, with an appendix of Precedents.
Barn. C. Barnardiston's Chancery Reports.
Barn. Barnardiston's K. B. Reports.
Barn. & Ald. Barnewall & Alderon'~s Reports.
Barn. & Adolph. Barnewall & Adolphu's Reports.
Barn. & Cress. Barnewull & Cresswell's Reports.
Barn. Sher. Barnes' Sheriff.
Barne' Notes of Practice.
Barr. Obs. Stat. Barrington's Observations on the more ancient statutes.
Barr. Ten. Barry's Tenure.
Bart. El. Conv. Barton's Element of Conveyancing. Bart. Prec. Conv.
Barton's Precedent of Conveyancing. Bart. S. Eq. Barton's Suit in Equity.
Batty's R. Batty's Reports of Cases determined in the K. B. Ireland.
Bay's R. Bay's Reprts.
Bayl. Bills. Bayley on Bills.
Bayl. Ch. Pr. Bayley's Chamber Practice.
Beam. Ne Exeat. Brief view of the writ of Ne Exeat Regno, as a equiable process, by J. Beams.
Beam.. Eq. Beames on Equity Pleading.
Beam. Ord. Chan. Beames' General Orders of the High Court of Chancery, from 1600 to
Beat. R. Beatty's Reports determined in the High Court of Chancery In Ireland.
Beav. R. Beavan's Chancery Reports.
Beawes. Beawe's Lex Mercatoria.
Beck's Med. Jur. Beck's Medical Jurisprudence.
Bee's R. Bee's Reports.
Bell's Com. Bell's Commentaries on the Laws of Scotland, and on the Principles of
Bell. Del. U. L. Beller's Delineation of Universal Law.
Bell's Dict. Dictionary of the Law of Scotland By Robert Bell
Bell's Med. Jur Bell's Medical Jurisprudence.
Bell. Bellewe's Cases in the time of K. Richard II. Bellewe's Cases in the time of Henry
VIII, Edw VI., and Q. Mary, collected out of Brooke's Abridgment, and arranged
under years, with a table, are cited as Brooke's New Cases.
Bellingh. Tr. Bellingham's Trial.
Belt's Sup. Belt's Supplement. Supplement to the Reports in Chancery of Francis Vesey,
Senior, Esq, during the time of Lord Ch J. Hardwicke.
Belt's Ves. sen. Belt's editon of Vesey senior's Reports.
Benloe & Dalison's Reports. See New Benl.
Ben. on Av. Benecke on Average.
Benn. Diss. Bennet's Short Dissertation on the nature and various proceedings in the
Master's Office, in the Court of Chancery. Sometimes this book is called Benn. Pract.
Benn. Pract. See Benn. Diss.
Bentham's Treatise on Judicial Evidence.
Best on Prc. Best's Treatise on Presumption of Law and Fact.
Bett's Adm. Pr. Bett's Admiralty Practice.
Bev. on Hom. Bevil on Homicide.
Bill. on Aw. Billing on the Law of Awards.
Bing. Bingham Bin. Inf; Bingham on Infancy. Bing on Judg.
Bingham on Judgments and Executions. Bing L.& T. Bingham on the Law of Landlord
Bing. R. Bing Bingham's Reports. Bin. N. C.
Bingham's New Cases.
Binn. Reports Of Cases adjudged in the Supreme Court. of Pennsylvania By Horace Binney
Bird on Conv. Bird on Conveyancing Bird L.& T. Bird on the Laws respecting
Landlords, Tenants and Lodgers. Bird's Sol. Pr Bird's Solution of Precedents of
Biret, De l'Abs. Traite de l'Absence et de ses effects, par M. Biret
Bis. on Est. or Buss. on Life Est. Bissett on the Law of Estates for Life.
Biss. on Parn.
Bissett on Partnership.
Bl. Blounts Law Dictionary and Glossary
Bl. Comm.or Comm. Commentaries on the Laws of England by Sir Wllliam Blackstone.
Bl. Rep. Sir William Blackstone's Reports.
Bl. H. Henry
Blackstone's Report, sometimes cited H. Bl.
Black. L. T. Blackstone's Law Tracts
Blackb on Sales. Blackburn on the Effect of the Contract of Sales.
Blacb. on Sales. Blacburn on the Law of Sales.
Blak. Ch. Pr. Blake's Practice of the Court of Chancery of the State of New York.
Blan. on Ann. Blaney on Life Annuities
Bland's Ch. R. Bland's Chancery Reports.
Blansh. Lim. Blanshard on Limitations.
Bligh. R. Bligh's Reports of Cases decided in the House of Lords.
Blount. Blount's Law Dictionary and Glossary.
Bo. R. Act. Booth on Real Actions.
Boh. Dec. Bohun's Declaration. Boh. Eng. L. Bohun's English Lawyer. Boh. Priv. Ion. Bohun's Privilegia Londini.
Boote. Boote's Ch. Pr. Boote's Chanccry Practice. Boote's S. L. Boote's Suit at Law.
Booth's R. A. Booth on Real Action.
Borth. L. L. Borthwick on the Law of Libel.
Bos. & Pull. Bosanquet and Puller's Reports. Vide B.& P.
Bosc. on Con. Boscowen on Convictions.
Bott. Bott's Poor Law.
Bouch Inst. Dr. Mar.
Boucher, Institution au Droit Maritime.
Boulay Paty Dr. Com. Cours de Droit Commercial Maritime, par P. S Boulay Paty.
Bousq. Dict. de Dr. Bousquet, Dictionnaire de Droit.
Bouv. L. D. Bouvier's Law Dictionary.
Bouv. Inst. Institutiones Theologicae Auctore J. Bouvier.
Bouv. Inst. Am. Law.
Bouvier's Institutes of American Law.
Bowl. on Lib. Bowles on Libels.
Br. or Brownl. Brownlow's Reports.
Br. or Br. Ab. Brooke's Abridgment.
Brady's History of the Succession of the Crown of England, &c.;Brac.
Bracton's Treatise on the Law and Customs of England.
Bra. Princ. Branche's Principia Legis et Aequitatis.
Brack. L. Misc. Brackenridge's Law
bradb. Bradby on Distresses.
Bradl. P. B. Bradley's Point
Bran. Prin. or Bran. Max. Branch's Principia Legis Aequitatis, being an alphabetical
collection of maxims, &c.
Brayt. R. Brayton's Rport.
Breese's R. Breese's Report
Brev. Sel. Brevia Selecta, or Choice Writs.
Brid. Bridgman's Reports Reports from 12 to 19 K James. By Sir John
Brid. Dig. Ind. Bridgman's Digested Index.
Brid. Leg. Bib.
Bridgman's Legal Bibliography.
Brid. Conv. Bridgman's Precedents of Conveyancing.
Brid. Refl. Bridgman's Reflections on the Study of the Law.
Brid. Synth. Bridgeman's Synthesis.
Brid. Thes. Jur. Bridgman's Thesaurus Juridic.
Bridg. O. Orlando Bridgmen's Reports.
Bridg. The. Jru. Bridgman's Thesaurus Juridicus.
Britton. Treatise on the Ancient Pleas of the Crown.
Bro. or Brownl. Brownlow's Reports. Also, Reports by Richard Brownlow and John
Goldeshorough. Cited 1 Bro. 2 Bro.
Bro. Ab. Brooke's Abridgement.
Bro. A. & C. L. Brown's Admiralty and Civil Law.
Bro. C. C. Brown's Chancery Cases.
Bro. Off. Not. A Treatise on the Office and Practice of a Notary in England, as connected
with Mercantile Instruments, &c. By Richard
Bro. P. C. Brown's Parliamentary Cases.
Bro. Read. Brooke's Reading on the Statute of Limitations.
Bro. on Sales. Brown on Sales
Brown's Vade Mecum.
Brock. R. Brockenbrough's Reports of Chief Justice Marshall's Decisions.
Brod. & Bing. Broderip & Bingham's Reports.
Broom on Part. Broom on Parties to Actions.
Brownl. Rediv. or Brownl. Ent. Brownlow Redivivus.
Bruce M. L. Bruce's Military Law.
Buck's Ca. Buck's Cases. Cases in Bankruptcy in 1817, 1818, by J.W. Buck.
Bull. Bull. N.P. Buller's Nisi Prius.
Bulst. Bulstrode's Reports.
Bunb. Bunbury's Reports.
Burge Col. Law.
Burge's Colonial Law.
Burge Confl. of Law. Burge on the Conflict of Laws.
Burge on Sur. Burge's Commentaries on the Law of Suretyship. &c.;Burge For. Law. Burge on Foreign Law.
Burlam. Burlamaqui's Natural and Political Law.
Burn's L.D. Burn's Law Dictionary.
Burn's Just. Burn's Justice of the Peace.
Burn's Eccl. Law or Burn's E.L. Burn's Ecclesiastical Law.
Burn. C.L. Burnett's Treatise on the Criminal Law of Scotland.
Burn. Com. Burnett's Commentaries on the Criminal Law of Scotland.
Burr. Burrow's Reports.
Burr. Sett. Cas. Burrow's Settlement Cases.
Burr's Tr. Burr's Trial.
Burt. Man. Burton's Manual of the Law of Scotland. The work is in two parts, one
relating to "public law," and the other to the law of "private rights and obligations."
The former is cited Burt. Man. P.L.; the latter, Burt. Man. Pr. Burt. on Real Prop.
Burton on Real Property. Butl. Hor. Jur. Butler's Horae Juridicae Subsecivae.
C. Codes, the Code of Justinian. C. Code. C. Chancellor.
C.& A. Cooke and Alcock's Reports.
C.B. Communi Banco, or Common Bench.
C.C. Circuit Court.
C.C. Cepi Corpus.
C.C.& B.B. Cepi Corpus and Bail Bond.
C.C. or Ch. Cas. Cases in Chancery in three parts.
C.C.C. or Cr. Cir. Com. Crown Circuit Companion.
C.C.& C. Cepi corpus et committitur. See Capias ad satisfaciendum, in the body of the
C.C.E. or Cain. Cas. Caines' Cases in Error.
Com. Dig. Comyn's Digest.
C.& D. C. C. Crawford and Dix's Criminal Cases.
C.& D. Ab. C. Crawford and Dix's Abridged Cases.
C.& F. Clark & Findley's Reports.
C.& F. Clarke & Finelly's Reports.
C. J. Chief Justice.
C.& J. Crompton & Jervis' Exchequer Reports.
C.J.C.P. Chief Justice of the Common Pleas.
C.J.K.B. Chief Justice of the King's Bench.
C.J.Q.B. Chief Justice of the Queen's Bench.
C.J.U.B. Chief Justice
of the Upper Bench. During the time of the common-wealth, the English
Court of the King's Bench was called the Upper Bench.
C.& K. Carrington & Kirwan's Reports.
C.& M. Crompton & Meeson's Reports.
C.& M. Carrington & Marshman's Reports.
C.M.& R. Crompton, Meeson & Roscoe's Exchequer Reports.
C.N.P.C. Campbell's Nisi Prius Cases.
C. P. Common Pleas.
Coop. C.P. Cooper's Reports.
C.& P. or Car.& Payn. Carrington & Payne's Reports.
C.& P. Craig & Phillips' Reports.
C.R. or Ch. Rep. Chancery Reports.
C.& R. Cockburn & Rowe's Reports.
C.W. Dudl. Eq. C.W. Dudley'sEquity Reports.
C. Theod. Codice Theodosiano, in the Theodosian code.
Case or placitum.
Ca. T.K. Select Cases tempore King.
Ca. T. Talb. Cases tempore Talbot.
Ca. res. Capias ad respondendum.
Ca. sa., in practice, is the abbreviation of capias ad satisfaciendum.
Caines' R. Caines' Term Reports.
Caines' Cas. Caines' Cases, in error.
Caines' Pr. Caines' Practice.
Cald. R. Caldecott's Reports.
Cald. S.C. Caldecott's Settlement
Cases; sometimes cited Cald. R.
Caldw. Arbit. Caldwell on Arbitration.
Call. on Sew. Callis on the Law relating to Sewers.
Calth. R. Calthorp's Reports of Special Cases touching several customs and liberties of the City of London.
Calv. on Part.
Calvert on Parties to Suits in Equity.
Cam.& Norw. Cameron & Norwood's Reports.
Campb. Campbell's Reports.
Car. Carolus: as 13 Car. 2, st. 2, c.1.
Carr. Cr. L. Carrington's
Carr.& Kirw. Carrington & Kriwan's Reports. See C.& K.
Carr.& Marsh. Carrington & Marshman's Reports.
Carr.& Oliv. R. and C.C. Carrow & Oliver's Railway and Canal Cases.
Cart. Carter's Reports. Reports in C.P. in 16, 17, 18, and 19, Charles II.
Cara de For. Carta de Foresta.
Cary. Cary's Reports.
Cary on Partn. Cary on the Law of Partnership.
Cas. of App. Cases of Appeals to the House of Lords.
Cas. L. Eq. Cases and Opinions in Law, Equity, and Conveyancing.
Cas. of Pr. Cases of Practice in the Court of the King's Bench, from the reign of Eliz. to
the 14 Geo. 3.
Cas. of Sett. Cases of Settlement.
Cas. Temp. Hardw. Cases during the time of Lord Hardwicke.
Cas. Temp. Talb. Cases during the time of Lord Talbot.
Ch. CAs. Cases in Chancery.
Ch. Pr. Precedents in Chancery.
Ch. R. REports in Chancery.
Ch. Rep. Vide Ch.
Chamb. on Jur. of Chan. Chambers on the Jurisdiction of the High
Court of Chancery, over the Persons and Property of Infants.
Chamb. L.& T. Chambers on the Law of Landlord and Tenant.
Char. Merc. Charta mercatoria. See Bac. Ab. Smuggling, C.
Charlt. Charlton. T.U.P. Charl.
T.U.P. Charlton's Reports. R.M. Charlton's Reports.
Chase's Tr. Chase's Trial.
Cher. Cas. Cherokee Case.
Chev. C.C. Cheves' Chancery Cases.
Chipm. R. Chipman's Reports. D. Chipm. D. Chipman's Reports.
Chipm. Contr. Essay on the Law of Contracts for the payment of Specific Articles. By Daniel
Ch. Contr. A Practical Treatise on the Law of Contracts. By Joseph
Chitty. on App. Chitty's Practical Treatise on the Law relating to Apprentices and
Chit. on Bills. Chitty on Bills.
Chit. Jr. on Bills. Chitty, junior, on Bills.
Chit. Com. L. Chitty's Treatise on Commerical Law.
Chit. Cr. L. Chitty's Criminal Law.
Chit. on Des. Chitty on the Law of Descents.
Chit. F. Chitt's Forms and Practical Proceedings.
Chit. Med. Jur. Chitty on Medical Jurisprudence.
Chit. Pl. A Practical Treatise on Pleading, by Joseph
Chit. Pr. Chitty's General Practice.
Chit. Prerog. Chitty on the Law of the Prerogatives of the Crown.
Chris. B.L. Christian's Bankrupt Laws.
Christ. Med. Jur. Christison's Treatise on Poisons, relating to Medical Jurisprudence,
Physiology, and the Practice of Physic.
Civ. Code Lo. Civil Code of Louisiana.
Cl. The Clementines.
Clan. H.& W. Clancy on the Rights, Duties, and Liabilities of Husband and Wife.
Clark on Leas. Clark's Enquiry into the Nature of Leases.
Clarke, R. Clarke's Reports.
Clark & Fin. Clark & Finelly's Reports.
Clark. Adm. Pr. Clarke's Practice in the Admiralty.
Clark. Prax. Clarke's Praxis, being the manner of proceeding in the Ecclesiastical Courts.
Clay. Clayton's Reports.
Cleir. Us et Const.
Cleirac, Us et Coustumes ae la Mer.
Clerke's Rud. Clerke's Rudiments of American Law and Practice.
Clift. Clift's Entries.
Co. A particle used before other words to imply that the person spoken of possesses the
same character as other persons whose character is mentioned, as co-executor, and
executor with other; co-heir, an heir with others; co-partner, a partner with others,
etc. – Co. is also an abbreviation for "company" as John Smith & Co. When so
abbreviated is also represents "county."
Co. or Co. Rep. Coke's Reports.
Co. Ent. Coke's Entries.
Co. B. L. Cooke's Bankrupt Law.
Co. on Courts. Coke on Courts; 4th Institute. See Inst.
Co. Litt. Coke on Littleton. See Inst.
Co. M. C.
Coke's Magna Charta; 2d Institute. See. Inst.
Co. P. C. Coke's Pleas of the
Crown. See Inst.
Cock & Rowe. Cockburn & Rowe's Reports.
Code Civ. Code
Civil, or Civil Code of France. This work is usually cited by the article.
Code Nap. Code Napoleaon. The same as Code Civil.
Code Com. Code de Commerce.
Code Pen. Code Penal.
Code Pro. Code de Procedure.
Column, in the first or second column of the book quoted.
Col.& Cai. CAs.
Coleman & Caines' Cases.
Cole on Inf. Cole on Criminal Informations, and Informations in the Nature of Quo
Coll. on Pat. Collier on the Law of Patents.
Coll. on Idiots. Collinson on the Law concerning Idiots, &c.;Coll. Rep. Colle's Reports.
Colly. Rep. Collyer's Reports.
Com. Communes, or Extravagantes Communes.
Com. or Com. Rep.
Com. Contr. Comyn on Contract.
Com. on Us. Comyn on Usury.
Com. Dig. Comyn's Digest.
Com. L.& T. Comyn on the Law of Landlord and Tenant.
Com. Law. Commerical Law.
Com. Law. Rep. Common Law Reports, edited by Sergeant and Lowher.
Comb. Comberbach's Reports.
Comm. Blackstone's Commentaries.
Con. & Law. Connor & Lawson's Reports.
Cond. Ch. R. Condensed Chancery Reports.
Cond. Ex. R. CondensedExchequer Reports.
Conf. Chart. Confirmatio Chartorum.
Conkl. Pr. Conkling's Practice of the Courts of the United States.
Conn. R. Connecticut Reports.
Conr. Cust. R. Contoy's Custodiam Reports.
Cons. del Mar. Consolato del Mare.
Cons. Ct. R. Constitutional
Cooke on Defam. Cooke on Defamation.
Coop. Eq. R. Cooper's Equity Reports.
Coop. Cas. Cases in the High Court of Chancery. By George Cooper.
Coop. on Lib. Cooper on the Law of Libels.
Coop. Eq. Pl.
Cooper's Equity Pleading.
Coop. Just. Cooper's Justinian's Institutes.
Coop. Med. Jur. Cooper's Medical Jurisprudence.
Coop. t. Brough. Cooper's Cases in the time of Brougham.
Coop. P.P. Cooper's Points of Practice.
Cote. Mrtg. Coote on Mortgages.
Corb. & Dan. Corbet & Daniel's Election Cases.
Corn. on Uses. Cornish on Uses.
Corn. on REm. Cornish on Remainders.
Corp. Jur. Civ. Corpus Juris Civilus.
Corp. Jur. Can. Corpus Juris Canonicus.
Corvin. Corvinus. See Bac. Ab. Mortgage A, where this author is cited.
Cot. Abr. Cotton's Abridgement of Records.
Cov. on Conv. Evi. Coventry on Conveyancers' Evidence.
Cow. Int. Cowel's Law Dictionary, or the Interpreter of words and terms, used either in
the common or statute laws of Great Britain.
Cowp. Cowper's Reports.
Cow. R. Cowen's Reports, N.Y.
Cox's Cas. Cox's Cases.
Coxe's R. Coxe's Reports.
C.L. Crabb's Common Law. A History of English Law. By George Crabb.
Crabb, R. P. Crabb on the Law of REal Property.
Craig & Phil. Craig & Phillip'sReports.
Cranch, R. Cranch's Reports.
Cressw. R. Cresswell's Reports of
Cases decided in the Court for the Relief of Insolvent Debtors.
Con. Criminal Conversation: adultery.
Cro. Croke's Reports.
Croke's Reports, during the time of Queen Elizabeth, also cited as 1 Cro.
Cro. jac. Croke's Reports during the time of King James I., also cited as 2 Cro.
Cro. Car. Croke's Reports, during the time of Charles I., also cited as 3 Cro.
Crompt. Ex. Rep. Crompton's Exchequer Reports.
Crompt. J.C. Crompton's Jurisdiction of Courts.
Crompt. & Mees.
Crompton & Meeson's Exchequer Reports.
Crompt. Mees. & Rosc. Crompton, Meeson, and Roscoe's Exchequer Reports.
Cross on Liens. Cross' Treatise on\ the Law of Liens and Stoppage in Transitu.
Cru. Dig. or Cruise's Dig.
Cruise's Digest of the Law of Real Property.
Cul. Culpablilis, guilty; non
cul. not guilty; a plea entered in actions of trespass.
Cul. prit., commonly written culprit; cul., as above mentioned, means
culpabilis, or culpable; and prit, which is a corruption of pret, signifie ready. 1
Chitty Cr. Law. 416.
Cull. Bankr. L. Cullen's Principles ofhte Bankrupt Law.
Cun. Cunningham's Reports.
Cunn. Dict. Cunningham's Dictionary.
Cur. adv. vult. Curia advisare vult. Vide Ampliation.
Cur. Scacc. Cursus Scaccarii, the Court of the Star Chamber.
Cur. Phil. Curia Philipica.
Can. Cursus Cancellariae.
Curt. R. Curteis' Ecclesiastical Reports.
Curt. Am. Sea. Curtis on American Seamen.
Curt. on Copyr. Curtis on
Cush. Trust. Pr. Cushing on Trustee Process, or Foreign Attachment, of the Laws of
Massachusetts and Maine.
Cust. de Norm.
Custome de Normandie.
D. dialogue; as, Dr. and Stud. D. 2, c. 24, or Doctor and Student, dialogue 2, chapter 24.
D. dictum; D. Digest of Justinian.
D. The Digest or Pandects of the Civil Law, is sometimes cited thus,
D. C. District Court; District of Columbia.
D. C. L. Doctor of the Civil Law.
D. Chipm. R. D. Chipman's Reports.
D. S. B. Debit sans breve.
D. S. Deputy Sheriff.
D.& C. Dow and Clark's Reports.
D.& C. Deacon & Chitty's Reports.
D.& E. Durnford & East's Reports. This book is also cited as Term Reports, abbreviated
D.& L. Danson & Lloyd's Mercantile Cases.
D.& M. Davidson's & Merivale's Reports.
D.& R. Dowling and Ryland's Reports.
D.& R. N. P. C. Dowling and Ryland's Reports of Cases decided at Nisis Prius.
D.& S. Doctor and Student.
D.& W. Drury & Walsh's Reports.
D;Aguesseau, Oeuvres. Oeuvres completes du Chancellier
Dat. Cr. L. Dagge's Criminal Law.
Dal. Dalison's Reports. See Benl.
Dall. Dallas' Reports.
Dall. Dallas' Laws of Pennsylvania.
Dict. Dictionaire General et raisonne de legilation, de Doctrine, et de Jurisprudence, en
matiere civile, commerciale, criminelle, administrative, et de Droit Public. Par Armand Dalloz, jeune.
Dalr. Feud. Pr.
Dalrymple's Essay, or History of Feudal Property in Great Britain. Sometimes cited Dalr.
Dalr. on Ent. Dalrymple on the Polity of Entails.
Dalr. F. L. Dalrymple's Feudal law.
Dalt. Just. Dalton's Justice.
Dalt. Sh. Dalton's Sheriff.
D'Anv. D'Anvers' Abridgement.
Dan. Ch. Pr. Caniell's Chancery Practice.
Dan. Ord. Danish Ordinances.
Dan.& Ll. Danson & Lloyd's Reports.
Dana's R. Dana's Reports.
Dane's Ab. Dane's Abridgment of American Law.
Dav. Davies' Reports.
Dav. on Pat. Davies' Collection of Cases respecting patents.
Daw. Land. Pr. Dawe's Epitome of the Law of Landed Property.
Daw. Real Pr.
Dawe's Introduction to the Knowledge of the Law on Real Estates.
Daw. on Arr. Dawe's Commentaries on the Law of Arrest in Civil Cases.
Daws. Or. Leg. Dawson's Origo Legum.
Deac. R. Deacon's Reports. Deac.& Chit. Deacon & Chitty's Reports.
Deb. on Jud. Debates on the Judiciary.
Dec. temp. H.& M.
Decisions in Admiralty duringthe time of Hay & Marriott.
De Gex & SM. R. De Gex & Smale's Reports.
Den. Cr. Cas.
Denison's Crown Cases.
Den. Rep. Denio's New York Reports.
Desaussure's Chancery Reports.
Dev. R. Devereux's Reports.
Dev. Ch. R.
Devereux's Chancery Reports.
Dev.& Bat. Devereux & Battle's Reports.
Dy. Dyer's Reports.
Dial. de Scac. Dialogus de Scaccario.
Dick. Pr. Dickinson's Practice of the Quarter of and other Sessions.
Dick. Dicken's Reports.
Dict. Dr. Can.
Dictionnaire de Driot Canonique.
Dict. de' Jur. Dictionnaire de Jurisprudence.
Dig. Digest of writs. Dig. The Pandects or Digest of the Civil Law, cited as Dig. 1,2,5,6,
for Digest, book 1, 2, law 5, sections 6.
Disn. on Gam. Disney's Law of Gaming.
Doct. & Stud. Doctor and Student.
Doct. Pl. Doctrina Placitandi.
Doder. Eng. Law. Doderidge's English Lawyer.
Dods. R. Dodson's Reports.
Dom. Domat, Lois Civilles.
Proc. Domo Procerum. In the House of Lords.
Domat. Lois Civilles dans leur ordre naturel. Par M. Domat.
Dougl. Douglas' Reports.
Doug. El. Cas.
Dougls' Election Cases.
Dougl. (Mich.) R. Dougls' Michigan Reports.
Dow. P.C. Dow's Parliamentary Cases.
Dow & Clarke, Dow and Clarke's Reports of Cases in the House of Lords.
Dowl. P. C. Dowling's Practical Cases.
Dow.& R. N. P. Dowling and Ryan's Nisi Prius Cases.
Dow.& Ry. M.C.
Dowling & Ryan's Cases for Magistrates.
Dow.& Ry. Dowling and Ryland's Reports.
Dr.& St. Doctor and Student.
Drew. on Inj. Drewry on Injunctions.
Dru.& Wal. Drury and Walsh's Reports.
Dru.& War. Drury &Warren's Reports.
Dudl. R. Dudley's Law and Equity Reports.
Dug. S. or Dugd. Sum. Dugdale's Summons.
Dugd. Orig. Dugdale's Origines.
Dug. Sum. Dugdale's Summonses
Duke. or Duke's Ch. Uses. Duke's Law of Charitable Uses.
Dunl. Pr. Dunlap's Practice.
Dunl. Admr. Pr.
Dunlap's Admiralty Practice.
Duponc. on Jur. Duponceau on Jurisdictions.
Duponc. Const. Duponceau on the Constitution.
Dur. Dr. FR.
Duranton, Droit Francais.
Durnf.& East. Durnford & East's Reports, also cited D.& E. or T.R.
Duv. Dr. Civ. Fr. Duvergier, Droit Civil Francais. This is a continuation of Touiller's Droit
Civil Francais. The first volume of Duvergier is the sixteenth volume of the
continuation. The work is sometimes cited 16 Toull. or 16 Toullier, instead of being
Duv. or 1 Duvergier, etc.
Dwar. on Stat. Dwarris on Statutes.
Dy. Dyer's Reports.
E. Easter Term.
E. Edward; as 9 E. 3, c. 9.
E. of Cov. Earl of Coventry's Case.
E.C.L.R. English Common Law Reports, sometimes cited Eng. Com. Law Rep. (q.v.)
E.g., usually written e.g., exempli gratia; for the sake of an instance or example.
E.P.C. or East, P.C. East's Pleas of the Crown.
East, P.C. East's Pleas of the Crown.
Eccl. Law. Ecclesiastical Law.
Eccl. Rep. Ecclesiastical Reports. Vide Eng. Eccl. Rep.
Ed. or Edit. Edition.
Ed. Edward; as, 3 Ed. 1, c. 9.
Ed. Inj. Eden on Injunction.
Ed. Eq. Reps. Eden's Equity Reports.
Ed. Prin. Pen. Law. Eden's Principles of Penal Law.
Edm. Exch. Pr. Edmund's Exchequer Practice.
Edw. Ad. Rep. Edward's Admiralty Reports.
Edw. Lead. Dec. Edward's Leading Decisions.
Edw. on Part. Edward's on Parties to Bills in Chancery.
Edw. on Rec. Edwards on Receivers in Chancery.
Eliz. Elizabeth; as, 13 Eliz. c.15.
Ellis on D. and Cr. Ellis on the Law relating to Debtor and Creditor.
Elm on Dil. Elmes on Ecclesiastical and Civil Dilapidations.
Elsyn on Parl. Elsynge on Parliaments.
Encycl. Encycloaedia, or Encyclopedie.
Eng. Ch. R. English Chancery Reports. Vide Cond. Ch. R. (See App. A.)
Eng. Com. Law Rep. English Common Law Reports.
Eng. Ecc. R. English Ecclisiastical Reports.
Eng. Plead. English Pleader.
Engl. Rep. English's Arkansas Reports.
Eod. Eodem, under the same title.
Eod. tit. In the same title.
Eq. Ca. Ab. Equity Cases Abridged.
Eq. Draft. Equity Draftsman.
Ersk. Inst. Erskin'e Institute of the Law of Scotland.
Ersk. Prin. of Laws of Scotl. Erskine's Principles of the Laws of Scotland.
Esp. N.P. Espinasse's Nisi Prius.
Esp. N. P. R. Espinasse's Nisi Prius Reports.
Esp. on Ev. Espinasse on Evidence.
Esp. on Pen. Ev.
Espinasse on Penal Evidence.
Et. al. Et alii, and others.
Ev. Col. Stat. Evan's Collection of Statutes.
Ev. on Pl. Evans on Pleading.
Ev. Tr. Evans' Trial.
Ex. or Exor. Executor.
Exch. Rep. Exchequer Reports. Vide Cond. Exch. REp.
Exec. Execution. Exp. Expired.
Exton's Mar. Divaeo. Exton's Maritime Dicaeologie.
F. Finalis, the last or latter part.
F.& F. Falconer & Fitzherbert's Reports.
F.& S. Fox & Smith's Reports.
F. N. B. Fitzherbert's Natura Brevium.
Fairf. R. Fairfield's Reports.
Fac. Coll. Faculty Collection; the name of a set of Scotch Reports.
Falc. & Fitzh. Falconer & Fitzherbert's Election Cases.
Far. Farresly, (7 Mod. REp.) is sometimes so cited.
Farr's Med. Jur. Farr's Elements of Medical Jurisprudence.
Fearn. on Rem. Fearne on Remainders.
Fell. on Mer. Guar. Fell on Mercantile Guaranties.
Ferg. on M.& D. Ferfusson on Marriage and Divorce.
Ferg. R. Fergusson's Reports of the Consistorial Court of Scotland.
Ff. or ff. Pandects of Justinian: a careless way of writing the Greek ì.
Ferr. Hist. Civ. L. Ferriere's History of the Civil Law.
Ferr. Mod. Ferriere Moderne, on Nouveau Dictionnaire des Termes de Droit et de
Fess. on Pat. Fessenden on Patents.
fa. Fieri Facias.
Field's Com. Law. Field on the Common Law of England.
Field. on Penl Laws. Fielding on Penal Laws.
Finch. Finch's Law; or a Discourse thereof, in five books.
Finch's Pr. Finch's Precedents inChancery.
Finl. L. C. Finlayson's Leading Cases on Pleading.
Fisher on Copyholds.
Fitz. C. Fitzgibbon's Cases.
Fitzh. Fitzherbert's Abridgment
Fitzh. Nat. Bre. Fitzherbert's Natura Brevium.
Fl. or Fleta. ACommentary on the English Law, written by an anonymous author, in the
time of Edward I., while a prisoner in the Fleet.
Fletch. on Trusts.
Fletcher on the Estates of Trustees.
Floy. Proct. Pr. Floyer's Proctor's
Fol. Foley's Poor Laws.
Fonb. Fonblanque on Equity.
Fonb. Med. Jur. Fonblanque on Medical Jurisprudence.
Cases during the time of Lord Talbot, commonly cited Cas. Temp.Talb.
For. Pla. Brown's Formulae Placitandi.
Forb. on Bills. Forbes on
Bills of Exchange.
Forb. Inst. Forbes' Institutes of the Law of Scotland.
Forr. Exch. Rep. Forrest's Exchequer Reports.
Fors. on Comp.
Forsyth on the Law relating to Composition with Creditors.
Fortescue, De Laudibus Legum Angliae.
Fortesc. R. Fortescue's Reports, temp. Wm. and Anne.
Fost. or Fost. C.L. Foster's Crown Law.
Fox.& Sm. Fox & Smith's Reports.
Fra. or Fra. Max. Francis' Maxims.
Fr. Ord. French Ordinance. Sometimes cited Ord. de la Mar.
Fras. Elect. Cas.
Fraser's Election Cases.
Fred. Co. Frederician Code.
Freem. Freeman's Reports.
Freem. C. C. Freeman's Cases in Chancery.
Freem. (Mis.) R.
Freeman's Reports of Cases decided by the Superior Court of Chancery of Mississippi.
G. George; as, 13 G. 1, c. 29.
G. & J. Glyn & Jameson's Reports.
G. & J. Gill & Johnson's Reports.
G. M. Dudl. Repo. G. M. Dudley's Reports.
Gale & Dav. Gale & Davidson's Reports.
Gale's Stat. Gale's Statutes of Illinois.
Gall. or Gall. Rep. Gallison's Reports.
Garde on Ev.
Garde's Practical Treatise onthe General Principles and Elementary Rules of the Law of
Geo. George; as, 13 Geo. 1, c. 29.
Geo. Lib. George on the Offence of Libel.
Gib. on D.& N.
Gibbons on the Law of Dilapidations and Nuisances.
Gibs. Codex. Gibson's Codex Juris Civilis.
Gilb. R. Gilbert's Reports.
Gilb. Ev. Gilbert's Evidence.
Gilb. U. & T. Gilbert on Uses and Trusts.
Gilb. Ten. Gilbert on Tenures.
Gilb. on Rents. Gilbert on Rents.
Gilb. on Rep. Gilbert on Replevin.
Gilb. Ex. Gilbert on Executions.
Gilb. Exch. Gilbert's Exchequer.
Gilb. For. Rom. Gilbert's Forum Romanum.
Gilb. K. B. Gilbert's King's Bench.
Gilb. Rem. Gilbert on REmainders.
Gilb. on Dev. Gilbert on Devises.
Gilb. Lex. praet. Gilbert's Lex Praetoria.
Gill & John. Gill & Johnson's Reports.
Gill's R. Gill's Reports.
Gilm. R. Gilmer's Reports.
Gilp. R. Gilpin's Circuit Court Reports.
Gl. Glossa, the
Glanv. Glanville's Treatise of the Laws and Customs of England.
Glassff. Ev. Glassford on Evidence.
Glov. Mun. Corp. Glover on Municipal Corporations, or Glov. on Corp. Glover on the
Law of Municipal Corporations.
Glyn. & Jam. Glyn & Jameson's Reports of Cases in Bankruptcy.
Godb. Godbolt's Reports.
Godolph. Ad. Jr. Godolphin's View of the Admiralty Jurisdiction.
Godolph. Rep. Can. Godolphin's Repertorium Canonicum.
Godolph. Godolphin's Orphan's Legacy.
Gods. on Pat. Godson's Treatise on the Law of Patents.
Goldesh. Goldeshorought's Reports.
Gord. on Dec. Gordon on the Law of Decedents in Pennsylvania.
Gould on Pl. Gould on the Principles of Pleading in Civil Actions.
Gow on Part. Gow on Partnership.
Grah. Pr. Graham's Practice.
Grah. N.T. Graham on New Trials.
Grand. Cout. Grand Coutumier de Normandie, (q.v.)
Grady on Fixt. Grady on the law of Fixtures.
Grant on New. Tr. Grant on New Trials.
Grant's Ch. Pr. Grant's Chancery Practice.
Gratt. R. Grattan's Virginia Reports.
Green's B.L. Green's Bankrupt Laws.
Green's R. Green's Reports.
Greenl. on Ev. Greenleaf's
Treatise on the Law of Evidence.
Greenl. Ov. Cas. Greenleaf's Overruled Cases.
Greenl. R. Greenleaf's Reports.
Greenw on Courts. Greenwood on Courts.
Gres. Eq. Ev. Gresley's Equity Evidence.
Grif. REg. Griffith's Law Register.
Grimk. on Ex. Grimke on the Duty of Executors and Administrators.
Grisw. Rep. Griswold's Reports.
Grot. Grotius de Jure Belli.
Gude's Pr. Gude's Practice on the Crown side of King's Bench, &c.;Gwill. Gwillim's Tithe Cases.
H. Henry; as, 18 H. 7, c. 15.
H. Hilary Term.
H.A. Hoc Anno
H.v. commonly written in small letters h.v. hoc verbo.
H. of L. House of Lords.
H. of R. House of Representatives.
Hudson & Brooke's Reports.
H.& G. Harris & Gill's Reports.
H.& J. Harris & Johnson's Reports.
H. Bl. Henry Blackston'es Reports.
H. H. C. L. Hale's
History ofthe Common Law.
H.& M. Henning and munford's Reports.
H.& M'H. or
Harr. & M'Hen. Harris & M'Henry's Reports.
Hab. fa. seis. Habere facias seisinam.
H. P. C. Hales' Pleas of the Crown.
H.t. usually put in small letters, h.t. hoc titulo.
Hab. Corp. Habeas Corpus.
Hab. fa. pos. Habere facias possessionem.
Hagg. Ad. R. Haggard's Admiralty Reports.
Hagg. Ecc. R. Haggard's Ecclesiastical Reports.
Hagg. C. R. Haggard's Reports in the Consistory Court of London.
Hale, P.C. Hale's Pleas of the Crown.
Hale's Sum. Hale's Summary of Pleas.
Hale's Jur. J. L. Hale's Jursidiction of the
House of Lords.
Hale's Hist. C.L. Hale's History of the Common Law.
Halif. Civ. Law. Halifax's Analysis ofthe Civil Law.
Hall's R. Hall's Reports of Cases decided in the Superior Court of the city of New York.
Halkerton's digest of the Law of Scotland relating ot Marriage.
Hall's Adm. Pr. Hall's Admiralty Practice.
Halst. R. Halstead's Reports.
Hamm. N. P.
Hammond's Nisi Prius.
Ham. R. Hammond's (Ohio) Reports.
Hamm. on Part.
Hammond on Parties to Actions.
Hamm. Pl. Hammond's Analysis of the
Principles of Pleading.
Hamm. on F. II. Hammond on Fire Insurance.
Hand's ch. Pr. Hand's Chancery Practice.
Hand on Fines.
Hand on Fines and Recoveries.
hand's Cr. Pr. hand's Corwn Practice.
hand on Pat. hand on Patents. Hans. Parl. Bed. hansard's Parliamentary Debates.
hard. Hardress' Reports.
Hardin's R. Hardin's Reports.
Hare & Wall. Sel. Dec. Hare & Wallace's Select Decisions of American Cases, with
Hare on Disc. Hare on the Discovery of Evidence by Bill and Answer in Equity.
Harg. Coll. Hargrave's Juridical Arguments and collection.
Harg. St. Tr. Hargrave's State Trials.
Harg.Exer. Hargrave's Exercitations.
Harg. Law Tr. Hargrave's Law Tracts.
Harp. L. R. Harper's Law Reports.
Harp. Eq. R. Harper's Equity Reports.
Harrison's Chancery Practice.
Harr. Cond. Lo. R. Harrison's condensed Report of Cases in Superior Court of the
Territory of Orleans, and in the Supreme Court of Louisiana.
Harr. Dig. Harrison's Digest.
Harr. (Mich.) R. harrington's Reports of Cases in the Supreme Court of Michigan.
Harr. & Gill. Harris & Gill's Reports.
& John. Harris & Johnso's Reports.
Harr. & M'H. Harris & M'Henry's Reports.
Harringt. R. Harrington's Reports.
Hasl. Med. Jur. Haslam's
Hawk. P.C. Hawkins' Pleas of the Crown.
Hay on Est. An Elementary View of the Common Law of uses, Devises, and Trusts, with
reference to the Creation and Conveyance of Estates, by William Hayes.
Hay. on Lim. Hayes on Limitations.
Hay. Exch. R.
Hayes' Exchequer Reports.
Hays on R. P. Hays on REal Property.
Hein. Elem. Juris. civ. Heineccii, Elementa juris Civilis,secundum ordinem Institutionum.
Hein. Elem. Juris. Nat. Heineccii, Elementa juris Naturae et gentium.
Hen on For. Law. Henry on Foreign Law.
Hen. J. P. Henning's Virginia Justice of the Peace.
hen. & Munf.
Henning & Munford's Reports.
Herne's Ch. Uses. Herne's law of Charitable Uses.
Herne's Plead. Herne's Pleader.
het. Hetley's Reports.
Heyw. on El.
Heywood on Elections.
Heyw. *N.C.) R. Heywood's North Carolina Reports.
Heyw. (Tenn.) R. Heywood's Tennessee Reports.
High on Bail. Highmore on Bail.
High. on Lun. Highmore on Lunacy.
High. on Mortm. Highmore on Mortmain.
Hill. Ab. Hilliard's Abridgment of the Law of Real Property.
Hill's R. Hill's Reports.
Hill's Ch. R. Hill's Chancery Reports.
Hill on Trust. A Practical Treatise on the Law relating to Trustees, &c.;Hind's Pr. Hind's Practice.
Hob. Hobart's Reports.
Hodges on Railw. Hodges on the Law of Railways.
Hoffm. Outl. Hoffman's Outlines of Legal Studies.
Hoffm. Leg. St. Hoffman's Legal Studies.
Hoffm. Ch. Pr. Hoffman's Chancery Practice.
Hoffm. Mas. Ch.
Hoffman's master in Chancery.
Hoffm. R. Hoffman's Reports.
Hog. R. Hogan's Reports.
Hog. St. Tr. Hogan's State Trials.
Holt on Lib. Holt on the Law of Libels.
Holt on Nav. Holt on Navigation.
Holt. R. Holt's Reports.
Holt on Sh. Holt on the Law of Shipping.
Hopk. R. Hopkins' Chancery Reports.
Hopk. Adm. Dec. Hopkinson's Admiralty Decisions.
Houard's Ang. Sax. Laws. Houard's Anglo Saxon laws and Ancient Laws of the French.
Houard's dict. Houard's Dictionary of the Customs of normandy.
Hough C. M. Hough on Courts Martial.
Hov. Fr. Hovenden on Frauds.
Hov. Supp. Hovenden's Supplement to Vesey Junior's Reports.
How. St. Tr. Howell's State Trials.
Howe's Pr. Howe's Practice in Civil Actions and Proceedings at Law in Massachusetts.
How. Pr. R. Howard's Practice Reports.
Hub. on Suc. Hubback on Successions.
Huds. & Bro. Hudson & Brooke's Reports.
Hugh. Ab. Hughes' Abridgment.
Hugh. Entr. Hughes' Entries.
Hugh. on Wills. Hughes on Wills.
Hugh. R. Hughes' Reports.
Hugh. Or. Writs. Hughes' Comments upon Original Writs.
Hugh. Ins. Hughes on Insurance.
Hugh. on Wills. Hughes' Practical Directions for Taking Instructions for Drawing Wills.
Hull. on Costs. Hullock on the Law of Costs.
Hult. on Conv. Hulton on Convictions.
Humph. R. Humphrey's Reports.
Hume's com. Hume's Commentaries on the Criminal Law of Scotland. Hut. Hutton's
I. The Institutes of Justinian (q.v.) are sometimes cited, I.1, 3, 4.
I. Infra, beneath or below.
Jurisconsultus. This abbreviation is usually written with an I, though it would be more
proper to write it with a J, the first letter of the word
Jurisconsultus; c is the initial letter of the third syllable, and tus is the end of the word.
Il Cons. del Mar. Il Consolato del Mare. See Consolato del Mare, in the body of the work.
Imp. Pr. C. P. Impey's Practice in the common Pleas.
Imp. Pr. K. B. Impey's Practice in the King's Bench.
Imp. Pl. Impey's Modern Pleader.
Imp. Sh. Impey's Office of Sheriff.
In f. In fine, at the end of the title, law, or paragraph quoted.
In pr. In principio, in the beginning and before the first paragraph of a law.
In princ. In principio. In the beginning .
Insumma, in the summary.
Inf. Infra, beneath or below.
Ing. Dig. Ingersoll's Digest of the laws of the United States.
Ingr. on Insolv. Ingraham on Insolvency.
Inst. Coke on Littleton, is cited Co. Lit. or 1 Inst., for First Institute. Coke's magna
Charta, is cited Co. M.C. or 2 Inst., for Second Institute. Co. P. C. Coke's Pleas of
the Crown, is cited 3 Inst., for Third Institute. Co. on Courts. Coke on Courts, is
cited 4 Inst., for Fourth Institute.
Inst. Institutes. When the Institutes of Justinian are cited, the citation is made thus; Inst. 4,
2, 1; or
Inst. lib. 4, tit. 2, l. 1; to signify In stutues, book 4, tit. 2, law 1. Coke's Institutes are
cited, the first, either Col Lit. or 1 Inst., and the others 2 Inst., 3 Inst., and 4 Inst.
Inst. Cl. or Inst. Cler.
Inst. Jur. Angl. Institutiones Juris Anglicani, by Doctor Cowell.
Ir. Eq. R. Irish Equity Reports.
Ir. T. R. Irish Term Reports. Sometimes cited Ridg. Irish. T. R. (q.v.)
J. institutes of Justinian.
J. C. Juris Consultus.
J. C. P.
Justice ofthe common Pleas.
J. Glo. Juncta Glossa, the Gloss joined to the text quoted.
J. J. Justices.
J. J. Marsh. J.J. Marsha''s (Kentucky) Reports.
J. K. B. Justice of the King's Bench.
J. P. Justice of the Peace.
J. Q. B. Justice ofthe Queen's Bench.
J. U. B. Justice of the Upper Bench. During the Commonwealth of the English Court of
the King's Bench was called the Upper Bench.
Jac. Jacobus, James; as, 4 Jac. 1, c. 1.
Jac. Introd. Jacob's Introduction to the Comm, Civil, and Canon Law.
Jac. L. D.
Jacob's law Dictionary.
jac. L. G. Jacob's law Grammar.
Jac. Lex. Mer.
jacob's Lex Mercatoria, or the Merchant's Companion.
Jac. R. Jacob's Chancery Reports.
Jac. & Walk. Jacob & Walker's Chancery Reports.
Jack. Pl. Jackson on Pleading.
Jarm. on Wills. Jarman on the Law of Wills.
Jarm. Pow. Dev. Powell on Devises, with Notes by Jarman.
Jebb's Ir. Cr. Cas.
Jebb's Irish Criminal Cases.
Jeff. Man. Jefferson's Manual.
Jeff. R. Thomas
Jenk. Jenkins' Eight Centuries of Reports; or Eight Hundred Cases solemnly adjudged in
the Exchequer Chamber, or upon Writs of Error, from K. Henry III, to 21 K. James
Jer. on Carr.
Jeremy's Law of Carriers.
Jer. Eq. Jur. Jeremy on the Equity Jurisdiction
of the High Court of Chancery.
Jer. on Cor. Jervis on Coroners.
John. Cas. Johnson's Cases.
John. R. Johnson's Reports.
John. Ch. R. Johnson's Chancery Reports.
John. Eccl. Law. Johnson's Ecclesiastical Law.
Johns. Civ. L. of Sp. Johnson's Civil Law of Spain.
Johns. on Bills. The Law of Bills of Exchange, Promissory Notes, Checks, &c., by
Jon. Sir Wm. Jones' Reports.
Jon. & Car. Jones and Carey's Reports.
Jon. on Lib. Jones, De Libellis Famosis, or the Law of Libels.
Jon. Inst. HInd. L. Jones' Institutes of Hindoo Laws.
Jon. (1) Sir W. Jones' Reports.
Jon. (2) Sir T. Jones' Reports.
Jon. T. Thomas Jones' Reports.
Jon. on Bailm Jones' Law of Bailments.
Jones' Intr. Jones' Introduction to Legal Science.
Joy on Ev. Acc. Joy on the Evidence of Accomplices.
Joy on Chal. Joy on Challenge to Jurors.
Joy Leg. Ed. Joy on Legal Education.
Jud. Chr. Judicial Chronicle.
Jud. Repos. Judicial Repository.
Jr. Eccl. Jura Ecclesiastica, or a Treatise of the Ecclesiastical Law and Courts, interspersed
with various cases of Law and Equity.
Jr. Mar. Molloy's Jure Maritimo. Sometimes cited Molloy.
Jus. Nav. Thod. Jus Navale Thodiorum.
Just. Inst. Justinian's Institutes.
K. B. King's Bench.
K. C. R. Reports in the time of Chancellor
K.& O. Knapp & Omber's Election Cases.
Kames on Eq. Kames' Principles of Equity.
Kames' Ess. Kames' Essays.
Kames' Hist. L. T. Kames' Historical Law Tracts.
Keat. Fam. Settl. Keating on Family Settlements.
Keb. Keble's Reports.
Keb. Stat. Keble's English Statutes.
Keen's R. Keen's Reports.
Keil or Keilw. Keilways' Reports.
Kel. Sir John Kelyng's Reports.
Kel. 1,2, or W. Kel. William Kelyng's Reports, two parts.
Norm L. D. Kelham's Norman French Law Dictionary.
Kell. R. Kelly's Reports.
Ken. on Jur. Kennedy on Juries.
Kent. Com. Kent's Commentaries on American Law.
Keny. Kenyon's Reports of the Court of King's Bench.
Kitch. Kitchen on Courts.
Kna.& Omb. Knapp & Omber's Election Cases.
Knapp's A. C. Knapp's Appeal Cases.
Knapp's R. Knapp's Privy Council Reports.
Kyd on Aw. Kyd on the Law of Awards.
Kyd on Bills. Kyd on the Law relating to Bills of Exchange.
Kyd on Corp. Kyd on the Law of Corporations.
L, in citation means law, as L. 1, 33. Furtum, ff de Furtis, i.e. law 1, section or paragraph
beginning with the word Furtum; ff, signifies the Digest, and the words de Furtis
denote the title. L. signifies also liber, book.
L.& G. Lloyd's & Goold's Reports.
Lloyd & welshy's Mercantile Cases.
LL. Laws, as LL. Gul. 1, c. 42. Laws of William I. chapter 42; LL. of U.S., Laws of the
L.S. Locus sigili.
L.R. Louisiana Reports.
La. Lane's REports.
Lalaure, des Ser.
Traite des Servitudes reelles, par M. laalaure.
Lamb. Archai. Lambard's Archaionomia.
Lamb. Eiren. Lambard's Eirenarcha.
Lamb. on Dow. Lambert on Dower.
Lat. Latch's Reprts.
Laus. on Eq. laussat's Essay on Equity Practice in Pennsylvania.
Law. on Chart. part. Lawes on the Law of Charter Parties.
Law. Lib. Law Library.
Law Rep. Law Reporter.
Laws Eccl. Law.
Laws' Ecclesiastical Law.
Law Intel. Law Intelligencer.
Law Fr. & latin Dict. Law French and Latin Dictionary.
Law. Pl. lawes' Elementary Treatise on Pleading in Civil Actions.
Law. Pl. in Ass. Lawes' Treatise on Pleading in Assumpsit.
Laws of Wom. Laws of Women.
Lawy. Mag. lawyer's magazine.
Leach. Leach's Cases in Crown Law.
Lec. Elm. Lecons Elementaire du Driot Civil Romain.
Lee Abst. Tit. Lee on the Evidence of Abstracts of Title to Real Property.
Lee on Capt. Lee's Treatise of Captures in War.
Lee's Dict. Lee's Dictionary of Practice.
Lee's Eccl. R.
Lee's Ecclesiastical Reports.
Leg. Bibl. Legal Bibliography, by J.G. Marvin.
Leg. Obs. Legal Observer.
Leb. Oler. The Laws of Oleron.
Leg. on Outl. Legge on Outlawry.
Leg. Rhod. The Laws of Thodes.
Leg. ult. The Last Law.
Leg. Wish. Lawas of Wishury.
Leigh & Dal. on Conv. Leigh & Dalzell on Conversion of Property.
Leigh's R. Leigh's Reports.
Leigh's N.P. Leigh's Nisi Prius.
Leo. or Leon. Leonard's Reports.
Lev. Levinz' Reports.
Lev. Ent. Levinz's Entries.
Lew. C. C.
Lewin's Crown Cases.
Lew. Cr. Law. An Abridgment of the Criminal Law of the United States, by Ellis Lewis.
Lew. on Tr. Lewin on Trusts.
Lew. on Perp.
Lewin on the Law of Perpetuities.
Lex Man. Lex maneriorum.
Lex Mer. Lex Mercatoria.
Lex Mer. Am. Lex Mercatoria Americana.
Lex Parl. Lex Parliamentaria.
Ley. Ley's Reports.
Lib. Liber, book.
Libb. Ass. Liber Assisarum.
Lib. Ent. Old Book of Entries.
Lib. Feud. Liber Feudorum.
Lib. Intr. Liber Intrationum; or Old Book of Entries.
Lib. Nig. Liber Niger.
Lib. Pl. Liber Placitandi.
Lib. Reg. Register Books.
Lib. Rub. Liber Ruber.
Lib. Ten. Liberum Tenementum.
Lid. Jud. Adv. Liddel's Detail of the Duties of a Deputy Judge Advocate.
Lill. Entr. Lilly's Entries.
Lill. Rep. Lilly's Reports.
Lill. Conv. Lilly's conveyancer.
Lind. Lindewooode's Provinciale; or Provincial Constitutions of England, with the
Legantine Constitutions of Otho and Othobond.
Litt. s. Littleton, section.
Litt. R. Littell's Reports.
Litt. Sel. Cas. Littell's Select Cases.
Litt. Ten. Littleton's Tenures.
Liv. Livre, book.
Liv. on Ag. Livermore on the Law of Principal and Agent.
Liv. Syst. Livingston's System of Penal Law for the State of
Louisiana. This work is sometimes cited Livingston's Report on the Plan of a Penal Code.
Liverm. Diss. Livermore's dissertations on the Contrariety of Laws.
Llo.& Go. Lloyd & Goold's Reports.
Llo.& Go. t. Sudg. Lloyd &
Goold's Reports, during the time of Sugden.
Llo.& Go. t. Plunk. Lloud &
Goold during the time of Plunkett.
Llo.& Welsh. Lloyd & Welshy's Reports of Cases relating to Commerce, Manufactures,
&c., determined in the Courts of Common Law.
Loc. cit. Loco citato, the place cited.
Log. Comp. Compendium of the Law of England, Scotland, and Ancient Rome, by James
Lofft. Lofft's Reports.
Lois des Batim. Lois des Batimens.
Lomax's Digest of the Law of Real Property in the United States.
Lomax on Executors.
Long. Quint. Year Book, part 10 Vide Year Book.
Louis Code. Civil Code of Louisiana.
Louis. R. Louisiana Reports.
Lovel. on Wills. Lovelass on Wills.
Lown. Leg. Lowndes on the Law of Legacies.
Lube, Pl. Eq. An Analysis of the Principles of Equity Pleading, by D. G.
Luder's elec. Cas. Luder's Election Cases.
Luml. Ann. Lumley on Annuities.
Luml Parl. Pr. Lumley's Parliamentary Practice.
Luml on Settl.
Lumley on Settlements and Removal.
Lut. Ent. Lutwyche's entries.
M. Michaelmas Term.
M. Maxim, or Maxims.
M. Jary; as 4
Mary st.3, c.1.
M.& A. Montagu & Ayrton's Reports of Cases of Bankruptcy.
M.& B. Montagu and bligh's Cases in Bankruptcy.
M.& C. Mylne &Craig's Reports.
M.& C. Montagu & Chittys' Reports.
M.& G. Manning & Granger's Reports.
M.& G. Maddock & Geldart's Reports.
M.G.& S. Manning, Granger & Scott's Reports.
M.& K. Mylne & Keen's chancery Reports.
M.& M. or Mo.& Malk. Rep. Moody & Malkin's Nisi Prius Reports.
M. P. Exch. Modern Practice Exchequer.
M.& P. Moore & Payne's Reports.
M.R. Master ofthe Rolls.
M. R. Martin's Reports of the Supreme Court of the State of Louisiana.
M.& R. Manning & Ryland's Reports.
M.& S. Moore & Scott's Reports.
M.& S. Maule & Selwyn's Reports.
M.& Y. or Mart. & Yerg. Martin & Yerger's Reports.
M.& W. Meeson & Welshy's Reports.
M. D.& G. Montagu, Daecon & Gex's Reports of Cases in Bankruptcy.
M'Arth. C. M. M'Arthur on Courts Martial.
M'Cl & Yo. M'Clelland & Younge's Exchequer Reports.
M'Clel. E. R. M'Clelland's Exchequer Reports.
M'Cord's Ch. R. M'Cord's Chancery Reports.
M'Cord's R. M'Cord's Reports
M'Kin. Phil. Ev. M'Kinnon's Philosophy of Evidence.
M'Naght. C. M. M'Naghton on Courts Martial.
McLean & Rob. McLean & Robinson's Reports.
M'Lean R. M'Lean's Reports.
Macn. on Null. Macnamara on Nullities and Irregularities in the Practice of the Law.
macnal. Ev. Macnally's Rules of Evidence on Pleas of the Crown.
Macph. on Inf. Macpherson on Infants.
Macq. on H.& W. Macqueen on Hushand and Wife.
Mad. Exhc. Madox's History ofthe Exchequer.
Mad. Form. Madox's Formulare Anglicanum.
Madd.& Geld. Maddock's & Geldart's Reports.
Madd. R. Maddock's chancery REports.
Madd. Pr. or Madd. Ch. Maddock's Chancery Practice.
Mag. Ins. Magens on Insurance.
Mal. Malyne's Lex
Man.& Gra. Manning & Granger's Reports.
man. Gr.& Sc. Manning, Granger & Scott's Reports.
Man.& Ry. Manning & Ryland's Reports.
Manb. on Fines. Manby on Fines.
Man. Comm. Manning's Commentaries of the Law of Nations.
Mann. Exch. Pr. Manning's Exchequer Practice.
mans. on Dem. Mansel on Demurrers.
Mans. on Lim. Mansel of the Law of Limitations.
Manw. Manwood's Forest Laws.
mar. N.C. March's New Cases.
Mar. R. march's Reports.
Marr. Adm. Dec.
Marriott's Admiralty Decisions.
Marr. Form. Inst. marriott's Formulare Instrumentorum; or a Formulary of Authentic
Instruments, Writs, and Standing orders used in the Court of Admiralty of Great
Britain, of Prize and Instance.
Marsh. Marshall's Reports in the Court of Common Pleas. A. Marsh. Marshall's (Kty.)
Reports. J. J. Marsh. J. J. Marshall's Reports. Marsh. Ins.
Marshall on the Law of Insurance.
Marsh. Decis. Brockenbrought's Reports of Chief JUstice marshall's Decisions.
Mart. law Nat. Martin's Law of Nations.
Mart. (N.C.) R. Martin's North Carolina Reports.
Mart. (Lo.) R. Martin's Louisiana Reports.
Marv. Leg. Bibl.
Marvin's Legal Bibliography.
Mart.& Yerg. Martin & Yerger's Reports.
Mart. N. S. Martin's Louisiana Reports, new series. Sason R. mason's circuit Court Reports.
Mass. R. Massachusetts Reports.
Math. on Pres. Mathew on the Doctrine of Presumption and Presumptive Evidence.
Matth. on Prt. Matthews on Portion.
Matth. on Ex. Matthews on Executors. maugh. Lit. Pr. Maughan on Literary Property.
Maule & Selw. Maule & Selwyn's Reports.
Maxw. L. D. Maxwell's Dictionary of the Law of Bills of Exchange, & c.
Maxw. on Mar. L. Laxwell's Spirit of the Marine Laws.
Mayn. Maynard's Reports. See Year Books in the body of the work. The first part of the
Y. B. is sometimes so cited.
Med. Jr. Medical Jurisprudence.
Mees. & Wels.
Meeson & Welshy's Reports.
Meigs, R. Meigs' Tennessee Reports.
Merch. Dict. Merchant's Dictionary.
Merlin, Questions de Driot.
Merl. Repert. Merlin, Repertoire.
Merrif. Law of Att. Merrifield's Law of Attorneys.
Merrif. on Costs. Merrifield's Law of costs.
Metc. R. Metcalf's Reports.
Metc. & Perk. Dig. Digest of the Decisions of the Courts of Common Law and Admiralty in the United States. By Theron Metcalf and Jonathan C. Perkins.
Mich. Rev. St. Michigan Revised Statutes.
Miles' R. Miles' Reports.
Mill. Civ. Law. Miller's civil Law.
Mill. Ins. Millar's Elements of the Law relating to Insurances. Sometimes this work is cited Mill. El.
Mill. on Eq. Mort.
Miller on Equitable Mortgages.
Minor's Rep. Minor's Alabama Reports,sometimes cited Ala. Rep.
Mirch. onAdv. Mirehead on Advowsons.
Mirroir des Justices.
Misso. R. Missourti Reports.
Mitf. Pl. Mitford's Pleadings in Equity. Also cited Redead. Pl. Redesdale's Pleadings. MO. Sir Francis Moore's Reports in the reign of K. Henry VIII., Q. Elizabeth, and K.
Mo.& Malk. Moody & Malkin's Reports.
Mo. C. C. Moody's CrownCases.
Mo. Cas. Moody's Nisi Prius and Crown Cases.
Mod. or Mod. R. ModernReports.
Mod. Cas. Modern Cases.
Mod. C. L.& E. Modern Cases in Law and Equity. The 8 & 9 Modern Reports are
sometimes so cited; the 8th cited as the 1st, and the 9th as the 2d.
Mod. Entr. Modern entries.
Mol. Molloy, De jure Miartimo.
Moll. R. Molloy's chancery Reports.
Monr. R. Monroe's Reports.
Mont. & Ayrt. Montagu & Ayrton's Reports.
Mont. B. C. Montagu's Bankrupt Cases.
Mont. & Bligh. Montagu & Bligh's Cases in Bankruptcy.
Mont. & Chit. Montagu & Chitty's Reports.
Mont. onComp. Montagu on the Law of Composition.
Mont. B. L. Montagu on the Bankrupt Laws.
Mont. on Set-off. Montagu on Set-off.
Mont. Deac. & Gex.
Montagu, Deacon & Gex's Reports of Cases in Bankruptcy, argued and determined in the
Court of Review, and on Appeals to the Lord Chancellor.
Mont. Dig. Montagu's digest of Pleadings in EQuity.
Mont. Eq. Pl. Montagu's Equity Pleading.
Mont. & Mac. Montagu & MacArthur's Reports.
Mont. Sp. of Laws. Montesquieu's Spirit of Laws.
Montesquieu, Esprit des Lois.
Moo. & Malk. Moody & Malkin's Reports.
Moo. & Rob. Moody & Robinson's Reports.
Moore, R. J. B. Moore's Reports of Cases decided in the Court of Common Pleas.
Moore's A. C. Moore's Appeal Cases.
Moore & Payne. Moore & Payne's Reports of Cases in C. P.
Moore & Scott. Moore & Scott's Reports of Cases in C. P.
Mort. on Vend. Morton's law of Vendors and Purchasers of Chattels Personal.
MSS> Manuscripts; as, Lord Colchester's MSS>
Much. D.& S.
Muchall's Doctor and Student.
Munf. R. Munford'sReports.
Murph. R. Murphy's Reports.
My. & Keen. Mylne & Keen's ChanceryReports.
Myl.& Cr. Mylne & Craig's Reports.
N. or Nov. Novellae: the Novels.
N. A. Non allocatur.
N. B. Nulla bona.
N. Benl. New Benloe.
N.C. Cas. North Carolina Cases.
N. C. Law Rep. North Carolina Law Repository.
N. C. Term R. North Carolina Term Reports. This volume is sometimes cited 2 Tayl.
N. Chipm. R. N. Chipman's Reports.
N. E. I. Non est Inventus.
N. H. Rep. New Hampshire Reports.
N. H. & G. Nicholl, Hare & Garrow's Reports.
N. L. Nelson's editon of Lutwyche's Reports.
N. L. Nonliquet. Vide Ampliation.
N.& M. Neville & Manning's Repors.
N.& P. Neville & Perry's Reports.
N. P. Nisi Prius.
N.& M'C. Nott & M'Cord's Reports.
N.R. or New R. New Reports; the new series, or 4 & 5 Bos. & Pull. Reports, are usually
cited N. R.
N. S. New Series of the Reports of the Supreme Court of Louisiana.
N. Y. R. S. New York Revised Statutes.
Nar. Conv. Nares on Convictions.
Neal's F.& F. Neal's Feasts and Fasts; an Essay on the Rise, Progress and Present State
of the Laws relating to Sundays and other Holidays, and other days of fasting.
Nels. Ab. Nelson's Abridgment.
Nels. Lex Maner. Nelson's Lex Maneriorum.
Nels. R. Nelson's Reports.
nem. con. Nemine contradicente, (q.v.)
Nem. Dis. nemine dissentiente.
Nev. & Mann. Neville & Manning's Reports.
nev. & Per. Neville & Perry's Reports.
New Benl. Benloe's Reports. Reports in the Reign of Henry VIII., Edw. VI.,' Phil. and
Mary, and Elizabeth, and other Cases in the times of Charles. By William Benloe.
New Rep. new Reports.A continuation of Bosanquet & Puller's Reports. See B.& P.
newl. Contr. Newland's Treatise on Contracts.
Newl. Ch. Pr. Newland's Chancery Practice.
Newn. Conv. Newnam on Conveyancing.
Ni. Pri. Nisi Pirus.
Nich. Adult. Bast. Nicholas on Adulterine Bastardy.
Nich. Har. & Gar. Nicholl, Hare & Garrow's Reports.
Nient Cul. Nient Culpable, old French, not guilty.
Nol. P. L.
Nolan's Poor Laws.
Nol. R. Nolan's Reports of Cases relative to the Duty and Office of Justice of the Peace.
Non Cul. Non culpabilis, not guilty.
North. Northington's Reports.
Nott.& M'cord. Nott & M'Cord's reports.
Nov. Novellae, the Novels.
Nov. REc. Novisimi Recopilacion de las
Leyes de Espana.
Noy's Max. Nou's Maxims.
Noy's R. Noy's Reports.
O. Bridg. Orlando Bridgman's Reports.
O. C. Old Code: so is
denominated the Civil Code of Louisiana, 1808.
O. N. B. Old Natura Brevium.Vide Vet. N. B., in the abbreviations, and "Old Natura
Brevium," in the body of the work.
O. Ni. These letters, which are an abbreviation for overatur nisis habent sufficientem
exonerationem, are, according to the practice of the English Exchequer, marked upon
each head of a Sheriff's account for issues, amerciaments and mean profits. 4 Inst.
Off. Br. Officina Brevium.
Off. Ex. Wentworth's Office of Executors.
Ohio R. Ohio Reports.
Oldn. Oldnall's Welsh Practice.
Onsl. N. P. Onslow's Nisi Prius.
Ord. Anst. Ordinance of Amsterdam.
Ord. Antw. Ordinance of Antwerp.
Ord. Bilb. Ordinance of Bilboa.
Ord. Ch. Orders in Chancery.
Ord. Cla. Lord Clarendon's Orders. Ord. Copenh. Ordinance of
Ord. Cor. Orders of Court.
Ord. Flor. Ordinances of Florence.
Ord. Gen. Ordinance of Genoa.
Ord. Hamb. Ordinance of Hamburgh.
Ord. Konigs. Ordinance of Konigsherg.
Ord. Leg. Ordinances of Leghorn.
Ord. de la Mar. Ordonnance de la marine, de Louis XIV.
Ordinances of Portugal.
Ord. Prus. Ordinances of Prussia.
Ordinances of Rotterdam.
Ord. Swed. Ordinances of Sweden.
Ord. on Us.
Ordinances on the Law of Usury.
Orfil. Med. Jur. Orfila's Medical Jurisprudence.
Oought. Oughton's Ordo Judiciorum.
Ow. owen's Reports.
Owen, Bankr. Owen on Bankruptcy.
Page or part. Pp. Pages.
P. Pachalis, Easter term.
P.C. Pleas of the Crown.
P.& D. Perry & Davison's Reports.
P.& K. Perry & Knapp's Election Cases.
P.& M. PHilip and mary; as, 1 & 2 P.& M. c. 4.
P.N P. Peake's Nisi Prius.
P. P. Propria persona; in his own person.
Pa. R. Pennsylvania Reports.
P. R. or P. R. C. P. Practical REgister in the Common Pleas.
P. Wms. Peere Williams' Reports.
Paige's R. Paige's Chancery Reports.
R. Paine's Reports.
Pal. Palmer's Reports.
Pal. AG. Paley on the Law of
Principal and Agent.
Pal. Conv. Paley on Convictions.
Palm. Pr. Lords.
Palmer's Practice in the House of Lords.
Pand. Pandects. Vide Dig.
Paragraph; as, 29 Eliz. cap. 5, par. 21.
Par.& Fonb. M. J. Paris &
Fonblanque on Medical Jurisprudence.
Pardess. Pardessus, Cours de Driot Commercial. In this work Pardessus is cited in several
Pardes. Dr. Com Part 3, tit. 1, c. 2, s. 4, n. 286; or 2 Pardes. n. 286, which is the same reference.
Park on Dow. Park on Dower.
Park, Ins. Park on Insurance.
Park. R. Sir Thomas Parker's Reports of Cases concerning the Revenue, in the Exchequer.
Park. on Ship. Parker on Shipping nad Insurance.
Parl. Hist. Parliamentary History.
Patch. on Mortg. Patch's Treatise on the Law of Mortgages.
Paul's Par. Off. Paul's Parish Officer.
Pay. Mun. Rights. Payne's Municipal Rights.
Peak. Add. Cas.
Peake's Additional Cases.
Peak. C. N. P. Peake's Cases determined at Nisi
Prius, and in the K. B.
Peake, Ev. Peake on the Law of Evidence.
Peck's Tr. Peck's Trial.
Peckw. E. C. Peckwell's Election Cases.
Penn. Bl. Pennsylvania Blackstone, by John Read, Esq.
Penn. law Jo.
Pennsylvania Law JOurnal.
Penn. R. Pennington's Reports. The Pennsylvania Reports are sometimes cited Penn. R.,
but more properly, for the sake of distinction, Penna. R.
Penn. St. R. Pennsylvania State Reports.
Pennsylvania Practice; also cited Tro. & Hal. Pr., Troubat & Haly's
Penna. R. Pennsylvania Reports.
Pennsylv. Pennsylvania Reports.
Penr. Anal. Penruddocke's Analysis ofthe Criminal Law.
last but one.
Per.& Dav. Perry & Davison's Reports.
Per.& Knapp. Perry &
Knapp's Election Cases.
Perk. Perkins on conveyancing.
Perk. Prof. B.
Perkins' Profitable Book.
Perpip. on Pat. Perpigna on Patents. The full title of this work is, "The French Law and
Practice of Patents for Inventions, Improvements, and Importations. by A. Perpigna,
A.M.L.B., Barrister in the Royal Court ofParis, Member of the Society for the
Encouragement of ARts, &c." The work is well written in the English language. The
author is a French lawyer, and has written another work on the same subject in French.
Pet. Ab. Petersdorff's Abridgment.
Pet. Adm. Dec. Peters' Admiralty Decisions.
Pet. on Bail, or Petersd. on Bail.
Petersdorff on the Law of Bail.
Pet. R. Peters' Supreme Court Reports.
Pet. C. C. R. Peters' Circuit Court Reports.
Petting. on Jur. Pettingal on Juries.
Phil. Ev. Phillips' Evidence.
Phil. Ins. PHillips on Insurance.
Phil. St. Tr. Phillips' State Trials.
Phill. Civ. and Can. Laws.
Phillimore on the Study of the Civil and Canon Law, considered in relation to the state, the
church, and the universities, and in connexion with the college of advocates.
Phill. on Dom. Phillimore on the Law of Domicil.
Phillim. or Phillim E. R. Phillimore' Ecclesiastical Reports.
Pick. R. Pickering's Reports.
Pig. Pigot on Recoveries.
Pike's Rep. Reports of Cases argued and determined in the Supreme Court of Law and
Equity of the State of Arkansas. By Albert Pike. These Reports are cited Ark. Rep.
Pitm. Prin. and Sur. Pitman on Principal and Surety.
Placitum or plea.
Pl. or Plow. or Pl. Com. Plowden's Commentaries, or Reports.
Platt on Cov. Platt on Law of Covenants.
Platt on Lea. Platt on Leases.
Pol. Pollexfen's Reports.
Poph. Popham's Reports. The cases at the end of Pophams' Reports are cited 2 Poph.
Port. R. Porter's Reports.
Poth. Pothier. The numerous works of Pothier are cited by abbreviating his name Poth.
and then adding the name of the treatise; the figures generally refer to the number,
as Poth. Ob. n. 100, which signifies Pothier's Treatise on the Law of Obligations,
number 100. Poth. du Mar. Pothier du Mariage.
Poth. Vente. Pothier Traite de Vente, & c. His
Pandects, in 24 vols. are cited Poth. Pand. with the book, title, law, & c.
Pott's L. D. Pott's Law Dictionary.
Pow. Contr. Powell on Contracts.
Pow. Dev. Powell on Devises.
Pow. Mortg. Powell on Mortgages.
Pow. Powers. Powell on Powers.
Poyn. on M. and D. Poynter on the Law of Marriage and Divorce.
Pr. Principio. In pr. In principio; in the beginning.
Pr. Ex. Rep. or Price's E. R. Prices' Exchequer Reports.
Reg. Cha. Practical Register in Chancery.
Pr. St. Private Statute.
Pr. Stat. Private Statute.
Pract. Reg. C. P. Practical Register of the Common
Pract. Reg. in Ch. Practical Register in Chancery.
Prat. on H.& W.
Prater on the Law of Hushand and Wife.
Prest. on Est. Preston on Estates.
Prest. Abs. Tit. Preston's Essay on Abstracts of Title.
Prest. on Conv. Preston's Treatise on Conveyancing.
Prest. on Leg. Preston on Legacies.
Pri. Price's\ Reports.
Price's Ex. Rep. Price's Exchequer Reports.
Price's Gen Pr.
Price's General Practice.
Prin. Principium, the beginning of a title or law.
Prin. Dec. Printed Decisions.
Priv. Lond. Customs or Privileges of London.
Pro. L. Province Laws.
Pro quer. Pro querentum, for the plaintiff.
Proct. Pr. Proctor's Practice.
Puff. Puffendorff's law of nature.
Q. Quaestione, in such a Question.
Q. B. Queen's Bench.
Q. B. R.
Queen's Bench Reports, by Adolphus & Ellis. New series.
Q.t. Qui tam.
Q. Van Weyt. Q. Van Weytsen on Average.
Q. Warr. Quo Warranto;
(q.v.) The letters (q.v.) quod vide, which see, refer to the article mentioned immediately
Qu. Quaestione, in such a
Quinti Quinto. Year-book, 5 Henry V.
Quon. Attach. Quoniam Attachiamenta. See Dalr. F.L. 47.
R. Resolved, ruled, or repealed.
R. Richard; as, 2 R. 2, c. 1.
Rich. Rep. Richardson's (S.C.)
R.& M. Russell and Milne's Reports.
R.& M. C. C.
Ryan and Moody's Crown Cases.
R.& M. N. P. Ryan & Moody's Nisi Prius Cases.
R.& R. Russell & Ryans' Criwn Cases.
R. M. Charlt. R. M. Charlton's
R. S. L. Reading on Statute Law.
Ram on Judgm. Ram on the LAw relating to Legal Judgments
Rand. Perp. Randall on the Law of Perpetuities.
Rand. R. Randolph's Reports.
Rast. Rastall's Entries.
R. Rawle's Reports.
Rawle, Const. Rawle on the Constitution.
Ray's Med. Jur. Ray's Medical Jurisprudence on Insanityh.
Raym. or, more usually, Ld.
Raym. lrod Raymond's Reports. T. Raym. Sir Thomas Raymond's Reports.
Re. Fa. lo. Recordari facias loquelam. Vide Refalo in the body of the work.
Rec. Recorder; as, City Hall Rec.
Redd. on Mar. Com. Reddie's Historical View of hte Law of Maritime Commerce.
Redesdale's Equity Pleading. This work is also and must usually cited Mitf. Pl.
Reeves' H. E. L. Reeves' History of the English Law.
Reeves on Ship. Reeves on the Law of Shipping and Navigation.
Reeves onDes. Reeves on Descents.
Reg. Regula, rule.
Reg. Brev. Registrum
Brevium, or Register of Writs.
Reg. Gen. Regulae Generales.
Reg. Mag. Regiam Magestatem.
Reg. Pl. Regula
Renouard, des Brev. d'Inv. Traite des Brevets d'Invention, de
Perfectionement, et d'Importation, par Augustin Charles Renouard.
Reports of Lord Coke are frequently cited 1 Rep., 2 Rep., &c. and sometimes they are
Rep. Eq. Gilbert's Reports in Equity.
Rep. Q. A. Reports of Cases during the time of Queen Anne.
Rep. T. Finch. Reports tempore Finch.
Rep. T. Hard. Reports during the time of Lord Hardwicke.
Rep. T. Holt. Reports tempore Holt.
Rep. T. Talb. Reports of Cases decided during the time of Lord Talbot.
Res. Resolution. The cases reported in Coke's Reports, are divided into resolutions on the different points of the case, and are cited 1 Res. &c.;Ret. Brev. Retorna Brevium.
Rev. St. or REv. Stat. REvised Statutes.
Rey, des Inst. del'Anglet. Des Institutions Judiciaries de l'Angleterre comparees avec
celles de la France. Par Joseph Rey.
Reyn. Inst. Institutions du Droit des Gens, &c. par Gerard de Reyneval.
Ric. Richard; as, 12 Ric. 2, c. 15.
Rice's Rep. Reports of Cases in Chancery argued and determined in the Court of Appeals
and Court of Error of South Carolina. By William Rice, State Reporter.
Rich. Pr. C. P. Richardson's Practice in the Common Pleas.
Rich. Pr. K. B. Richardson's Practice in the King's Bench.
R. Richardson's Equity Reports.
Rich. on Wills. Richardson on Wills.
Ridg. Irish. T. R. Ridgeway, Lapp & Schoales' Term Reports in the K.B., Dublin.
Sometimes this is cited Ridg. L.& S.
Ridg. P. C. Ridgeway's Cases in Parliament.
Ridg. Rep. Ridgeway's Reports of Cases in K. B. and Chancery.
Ridg. St. Tr. Ridgeway's Reports of State Trials in Ireland.
Ril. Ch. Cas. Riley's chancery Cases.
Rob. Adm. REp. Robinson's Admiralty
Rob. Cas. Robertson's Cases in Parliament, from Scotland.
Rob. Dig. Robert's Digest of the English Statutes in force in Pennsylvania.
Rob. Entr. Robinson's Entries.
Rob. on Fr. Roberts on Frauds.
Rob. on Fraud. Conv. Roberts on Fraudulent Conveyances.
Rob. on Gavelk. Robinson on Gavelkind.
Rob. Lo. Rep. Robinson's Louisiana Reports.
Robinson's Justice of the Peace.
Rob. Pr. Robinson's Practice in Suits at Law, in Virginia.
Rob. V. Rep. Robinson's (Virginia) Reports.
Rob. on Wills. Robert's Treatise on the Law of Wills and Codicils.
Roc. Ins. Roccus on Insurance. Vide Ing. Roc.
Rog. Eccl. Law. Rogers' Ecclesiastical law.
Rog. Rec. Roger's City Hall Recorder.
Roll. Rolle's Abridgment.
R. Rolle's Reports.
Rom. Cr. Law. Romilly's Observations on the Criminal Law of England, as it relates to
Rop. on H.& W. A Treatise on the Law of Property, arising from the relation between
Hushand and Wife. By R. S. Donnison Roper.
Rop. Leg. Roper on Legacies.
Rop. on Revoc. Roper on Revocations.
Rosc. on Act.
Roscoe on Actions relating to Real Property.
Rosc. Civ. Ev. Roscoe's Digest of the Law of Evidence on the Trial of Actions at Nisi
Rosc. Cr. Ev. Roscoe on Criminal Evidence.
Rosc. on Bills. Roscoe's Treatise on the Law relating to Bills of Exchange, Promissory Notes, Banker's Checks, &c.;Rose's R. Rose's Reports of Cases in Bankruptcy.
Ross on V.& P. Ross on the Law of Vendors and Purchasers.
Rot. Parl. Rotulae Parliamentariae.
Rowe's Sci. Jur. Rowe's Scintilla Juris.
Rub. or Rubr.
Ruffh. Ruffhead's Statutes at Large.
Runn. Ej. Runnington on Ejectments.
Runn. Stat. Runnington's Statutes at Large.
Rus.& Myl. Russell & Mylne's Chancery Reports.
Rush. Rushworth's Collections.
Russell on Crimes and Misdemeanors.
Rus.& Myl. Russell & Mylne's Reports of Cases in Chancery.
Russ. on Fact. Russell on the Laws relating to Factors and Brokers.
Russ. R. Russell's Reports of Cases in Chancery.
Russell & Ryan's Crown Cases.
Rutherf. Inst. Rutherford's Institutes of Natural Law.
Ry. F. Rymer's Foedera.
Ry.& Mo. Ryan & Moody's Nisi Prius
Ry.& Mo. C. C. Ryan & Moody's Crown Cases.
Ry. MEd. Jur. Ryan on Medical Jurisprudence.
S. , section.
S. B. Upper Bench.
S.& B. Smith &Batty's Reports.
S. C. Same Case.
S. C. C. Select Cases in Chancery.
S. C. Rep. South Carolina Reports.
S.& L. Schoales & Lefroy's Reports.
Shaw & Maclean's Reports.
S.& M. Ch. R. Smedes & Marshall's Reports of Cases decided by the Superior Court of
Chancery of Mississippi.
S.& M. Err. & App. Smedes & Marshall's Reports of Cases in the High Court of Errors
and Appeals of Mississippi.
S. P. Same Point.
S.& R. Sergeant &
S.& S. Sausse & Scully's Reports.
S.& S. Simon & Stuart's Chancery Reports.
Sa.& Scul. Sausse & Scully's Reports.
Samdl. St. Pap.
Sandler's State Papers.
Salk. Salkeld's Reports.
Sandf. Rep. Reports of
Cases argued and determined in the Court of Chancery of the State of New York, before
the Hon. Lewis H. Sandford, Assistant vice Chancellor of the First Circuit.
Sand. U.& T. Sanders on Uses and Trusts.
Sanf. on Ent.
Sanford on Entails.
Sant. de Assoc. Santerna, de Asecurationibus.
Saund. Pl. & ev. Saunders' Treatise on the Law of Pleading and Evidence.
Sav. Saville's Reports.
Sav. Dr. Rom. Savigny, Driot Romain.
Sav. Dr. Rom. M. A. Savigny, Driot Romain au Moyen Age.
Sav. Hist.Rom. Law. Savigny's History of the Roman Law during the Middle,
Ages.Translated from the German of Carl Von Savigny, by E. Cathcart.
Sayer's Law of Costs.
Say. Sayer's Reports.
SC. Senatus consultum.
Scac. de Cam. Scaddia de Cambiis.
Scam. Rep. Scammon's Reports of Cases argued and determined in the Supreme Court of Illinois.
Scan. Mag. Scandalum Magnatum.
Sch.& Lef. Schoales & Lefroy's Reports.
Scheiff. Pr. Scheiffer's Practice.
Schul. Aq. R. Schultes on Aquatic Rights.
Sci. Fa. Scire Facias.
Sci. fa. ad. dis. deb. Scire facias ad disprobandum debitum, (q.v.)
Scil. Scilicet, i.e. scire licet, that is to say.
Sco. N.R. Scott's new Reports.
Scott's R. Scott's Reports.
Scriv. Copyh. Scriven's Copyholds.
Seat. F. Ch. Seaton's Forms in Chancery.
Secundum legem; according to law.
Sec. Reg. Secundum regulam; according to rule.
Sedgw. on Dam. Sedgwick on Damages.
Sel. Ca. Chan. Select Cases in Chancery. Vide S. C. C.
Seld. mar. Cla. Selden's Mare Clausum.
Sell. Pr. Sellon's Practice in K. B. and C. P.
Selw. N. P. Selwyn's Nisi Prius.
Selw. R. Selwyn's Reports. These Reports are
usually cited M.& S. Maule & Selwyn's Reports.
Sem. or Semb. Semble, it seems.
Serg. on Att. Sergeant on the Law of Attachment.
Serg. Const. Law. Sergeant on constitutional Law.
Serg. on Land L. Sergeant on the Land Laws of Pennsylvania.
Serg.& Loub. Sergeant & Lowher's edition of the English Common Law Reports; more
usually cited Eng. Com. Law Rep.
Serg.& Rawle. or S.R. Reports of Cases adjudged in the
Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. By Thomas Sergeant and William Rawle,Jun.
Sess. Ca. Sessions Cases in K. B., chiefly touching Settlements.
Set. on Dec. Seton on Decrees.
Shaw & Macl. Shaw & Maclean's Reports.
Shelf. Lun. Shelford on Lunacy.
Shelf. on Mort. Shelford on the Law of Mortmain.
Shelf. on Railw. Shelford on Railways.
Shelf. on R. Pr. Shelford on Real Property.
Shep. To. Sheppard's Touchstone.
Shepl. R. Shepley's Reports.
Show. P. C. Shower's Parliamentary Cases.
Shower's Reports in the Court of King's Bench.
Shub. Jur. Lit. Shuback de Jure Littoris.
Sid. Siderfin's Reports.
Sim. Simon's Chancery Reports. In Con. C.R.
Sim.& Stu. Simon & Stuart's Chancery Reports.
Skene, Ver. Sign.
Skene de VerborumSignificatione; an explanation of terms, difficult words, &c.;Skin. Skinner's Reports.
Skirr. Und.Sher. Skirrow's Complete Practical Under Sheriff.
Slade's Rep. Slade's Reports. More usually cited Vermont Reports.
Smed & Marsh. Ch. R. Smedes & Marshall's Reports of Cases decided by the High Court
of Errors and Appeals of Mississippi.
Smith & Batty. Smith & Batty's Reports.
Smith's Ch. RPr. Smith's Chancery Practice.
Shith's For. Med. Smith's Forensic Medicine.
Smith's Hints. Smith's Hints for the Examination of Medical Witnesses.
Smith on M. L. Smith on Mercantile Law.
Sm. on Pat. Smith on the Law of Patents.
Smith's R. Smith's Reports in K. B., together with Cases in the Court of Chancery.
Solutio, the answer to an objection.
South. Car. R. South Carolina Reports.
South. R. Southard's Reports.
Sp. of Laws. Spirit of Laws, by Montesquieu.
Spelm. Feuds. Spelman on Feuds.
Spel. Gl. Spelman's Glossary.
Spence on Eq. Jur. of Ch. Spence on the Equitable Jurisdiction of Chancery.
Spenc. R. Spencer's Reports.
Speers' Eq. Cas. Equity Cases argued and determined in the Court of Appeals of South Carolina. By R. H.
Speers' Rep. Speers' Reports.
Ss. usually put in small letters, ss.
Scilicet, that is to say.
St. or Stat. Statute.
St. Armand. Hist. Ess. St.
Armand's Historical Essay on the Legislative Power of England.
Stath. Ab. Statham's Abridgment.
St. Tr. State Trials.
Stair's Inst. Stair's Inst.
Stair's Institutions of the Law of Scotland.
Stallm. on Elec. & Sat.
Stallman on Election and Satisfaction.
Stark. Starkie's Ev. Starkie on the Law of Evidence.
Stark. Cr. Pl. Starkie's Criminal Pleadings.
Stark. on Sl. Starkie on Slander and Libel.
Stat. Wes. Statute of Westminster.
Staunf or Staunf. P. C.
Staunford's Pleas of the Crown.
Stearn. on R. A. Stearne on Real Actions.
Steph. Comm. Stephen's New Commentaries on the Law of England.
Steph. Cr. Law. Stephen on Criminal Law.
Steph. Pl. Stephen on Pleading.
Steph. Proc. Stephen on Procurations.
Steph. on Slav. Stephens on
Stev. on Av. Stevens on Average.
Stev.& B. on Av. Stevens & Beneke on Average.
Stew. Adm. Rep. Stewart's Reports of Cases argued and determined in the Court of Vice
Admiralty at Halifax.
Stew. R. Stewart's Reports.
Stew.& Port's. Stewart & Porter's Reports.
Story on Bail. Story's Commentaries on the Law of Bailments.
Story on Const. Story on the Constitution of the United States.
Story on Eq. Story's Commentaries on Equity Jurisprudence.
Story's L. U. S. Story's edition of the Laws of the United States, in 3 vols. The 4th and
5th volumes are a continuation of the same work by George Sharswood, Esq.
Story on Partn. Story on Partnership.
Story on Pl. Story on Pleading.
Story, R. Story's Reports.
Str. Strange's Reports.
Stracc. de Mer. Straccha de Mercatura, Navibus Assecurationibus.
Strah. Dom. Straham's Translation of Domat's Civil Law.
Strob. R. Strobhart's Reports.
Stroud's Dig. Stroud's Digest of the Laws of Pennsylvania.
Stuart's (L.C.) R. Reports of Caes in the Court of King's bench in the Provincial Court of
Appeals of Lower Canada, and Appeals before the Lords of the Privy Council. By
George O'Kill Stuart, Esq.
Sty. Style's Reports.
Sugd. Lett. Sugden's Letters.
Sugd., Sugd. Pow.
Sugden on Powers.
Sugd. Vend. Sugden on Vendors.
Sull. Lect. Sullivan's Lectures on the Feudal Law, and the Constitution and Laws of
Sull. on Land Tit. Sullivan's History of Land Titles in Massachusetts.
Sum. Summa, the Summary of a law.
Sumn. R. Sumner's Circuit Court Reports.
Supp. to Ves. Jr.
Supplement to Vesey Junior's Reports.
Swan on Eccl. Cts. Swan on the Jurisdiction of Eccleciastical Courts.
Swanst. Swanston's Reports.
Sweet on Wills. Sweet's Popular Treatise on Wills.
Swift's Dig. Swift's Digest of
the Laws of Connecticut.
Swift's Ev. Swift's Evidence.
Swift's Sys. Swift's
System of the Laws of Connecticut.
Swinb. Swinburn on the Law of Wills andTestaments. This work is generally cited by
refernce to the part, book, chapter, &c.;Swinb. on Desc. Swinburne on the Law of Descents.
Swinb.\on Mar. Swinburne on Marriage.
Swinb. on Spo. Swinburne on Spousals.
Swinburne on Wills.
Syst. Plead. System of Pleading.
Tyrwhitt & Granger's Reports.
T.& P. Turner & PHillips' Reports.
T. Jo. Sir
Thomas Jones' Reports.
T. L. Termes de la Ley, or Terms of the Law.
Term Reports. Ridgeway's Reports are sometimes cited Irish Tr.
T. R. TesteRege.
T.& R. Turner & Russell's Chancery Reports.
T.& R. Turner & Russell'sReports.
T. R. E. or T. E. R. Tempore Regis Edwardi. This abbreviation is
frequently used in Domesday Book, and in the more ancient Law writers. See
Tyrrel's Hist. Eng., introd. viii. p. 49. See also Co. Inst. 86, a,where in a quotation
from Domesday Book, this abbreviation is interpreted Terra Regis Edwardi; but in
Cowell's Dict. verb. Reveland, it is said to be wrong.
T. Raym. Sir Thomas Taymond's Reports.
T. U. P. Chalt. T. U. P. Charlton's Reports.
Tait on Ev. Tait on Evidence.
Taml. on Ev. Tamlyn on Evidence, principally with reference to the Practice of the Court
of Chancery, and in the Master's office.
Taml. R. Tamlyn's Reports of Cases decided in Chancery.
Taml. T. Y. Tamlyn on Terms for Years.
Tapia. Jur. Mer. Tratade de Jurisprudentia Mercantil.
Taunt. Taunto's Reports.
Tayl. on Ev. Taylor on Evidence.
Tayl Cir. L. Taylor's Civil Law.
Tayl. Law glo. Taylor's Law Glossary.
Tayl. L.& T. Taylor's Treatise on the American Law of Landlord and Tenant.
Tech. Dict. Crabb's Technological Dictionary.
Thach. Crim. Cas. Thacher's Criminal Cases.
Th. Br. Thesaurus brevium.
Th. Dig. Theloall's Digest.
Theo. of Pres. Pro. Theory of Presumptive Proof.
Theo. Pres. Pro. Theory of Presumptive Proof, or an Inquiry into the Nature of
Tho. co. Litt. Coke upon Littleton' newly arranged on the plan of Sir Matthew Hale's Analysis. By J. H. Thomas, Esq.
Thomp. on Bills. Thompson on Bills.
Tho. U.J. Thomas on Universal Jurisprudence.
Tidd's Pr. Tidd's Practice.
Toll. Ex. Toller's Executors.
Toml. L. D. Tomlin's Law dictionary.
Toth. Tothill's reports.
Touchs. Sheppard's Touchstone.
Toull.Le Droit civil Francais suivant Pordre du Code; ouvrage dans lequel on a tache de
reunir la eorie a la practique. Par M. C. B. M. Toullier. This work is sometimes cited
Toull. Dr. Civ. Fr. liv. 3, t. 2, c. 1, n. 6; at other times, 3 Toull. n. 86, which latter
signifies vol. 3 of Toullier's work, No. 86.
Tr. Eq. Treatise of Equity; the same as Fonblanque on Equity.
Traill, Med. Jur. Outlines of a Course of Lectures on Medical Jurisprudence. By Thomas
Stewart Traill, M.D.
Treb. Jur. de la Med.Jurisprudence de la Medecine, de la Chirurgie, et de la Pharmacie. Par
Trem. Termaine's Pleas of the Crown.
Tri. of 7 Bish.
Trial of the Seven Bishops.
Tri. per Pais. Trials per Pais.
Tuck. Bl. Com. Blackstone's Commentaries, edited by Judge
Turn. R. Turner's Reports of Cases determined in Chancery.
Turn.& Russ. Turner & Russell's Chancery Reports.
Tuck. Com. Tucker'sCommentaries.
Turn.& Phil Turner & PHillips' Reports.
Tyl. R. Tyler's Reports.
Tyrw. Tyrwhitt's Exchequer Reports.
Tyrw.& Gra. Tyrwhitt & Granger's Reports. Tyt. Mil. Law. Tytler's Essay on Military
Law and the Practice of Military Courts Martial.
U.S. United States of America.
U.S. Dig. United States Digest. See Metc.& Perk. Dig.
Ult. Ultimo, ultima, last, usually applied to last title, paragraph or law.
Umfrev. Off of Cor.
Umfreville's Office of Coroner.
Under Sher. Under Sheriff, containing the office and duty of High Sheriff, Under Sheriffs
Ux. et. Et uxor, et uxorem, and wife.
V. Versus, against; as AB. v. CD.
V. Versiculo, in such a verse.
V. Vide, see.
V. or v. Voce; as Spelm Gloss. v. Cancelarious.
V.& B. Vesey & Beames' Reports.
V. C. Vice Chancellor.
Voce, or Vocem.
V.& S. Vernon & Scriven's Reports.
Val. Com. Valin's Commentaries.
Van. Heyth. Mar. Ev. Van Heythuysen's Essay upon marine Evidence, in Courts of Law
Vand. Jud. Pr. Vanderlinden's Judicial Practice.
Vat. or Vattel. Battle's Law of Nations.
Vang. vaugnan's Reports.
Vend. Ex. Venditioni Exponas.
Ventr. Ventris' Reports.
Vermont Judges' Reports.
Vern. Vernon's Reports.
Vern.& Scriv. Vernon & Scriven's Reports of Cases in the King's Courts, Dublin.
Verplanck on Contracts.
Verpl. Ev. Verplanck on Evidence.
Ves. Vesey Senior's Reports.
Ves. Jr. Vesey Junior's Reports.
Ves.& Bea. Vesey & Beames' Reports.
Vet. N. B. Old Natura Brevium.
Vid. Vidian's Entries.
Vin. Ab. Viner's Abridgment.
Vin. Supp. Supplement ot Viner'sAbridgment.
Viz. Videlicet, that is to say.
1, W. 2. Statutes of Westminster, 1 and2.
W. C. C. R. Washington's Circuit Court Reports.
W.& C. Wilson & Courtenay's Reports.
W. Jo. Sir William Jones' Reports.
W. Kel. William Kelynge's Reports.
W.& M. William and Mary.
W.& M. Rep. Woodbury & Minot's Reports.
W.& S. Wilson & Shaw's Reports of Cases decided in the House of Lords.
Wigr. on Disc. Wigram on Discovery.
Walf. on Part. Walford's Treatise on the Law respecting Parties to Actions.
Walk. Ch. Ca. Walker's Chancery Cases.
Walk. Am. R. or Walk. Introd. Walker's Introduction to American Law.
Walk. R. Walker's Reports.
Wall. R. Wallace's Circuit Court Reports.
Ward, on Leg. Ward on Legacies.
Ware's R. Reports of Cases argued and determined in the District Court of the United
States, for the District of Maine.
Warr. L. S.
Warren's Law Studies.
Wash. C. C. Washington's Circuit Court Reports.
Washb. R. Washburn's Vermont Reports.
Wat. Cop. Watkin's Copyhold.
Watk. Conv. Watking's Principles of conveyancing.
Wats. Cler. Law. Watson's Clergyman's Law.
Wats. on Arb. Watson on the Law of Arbitrations and Awards.
Wats. on Partn. Watson on the Law of Partnership.
Wats. on Sher. Watson on the Law relating to the office and duty of Sheriff.
Watt's R. Watt's Reports.
Watts & Serg. Watts & Sergeant's Reports.
Welf. on Eq. Plead. Welford on Equity Pleading.
Wellwood's Abridgment of Sea Laws.
Wend. R. Wendell's Reports.
Wentw. Off. Ex. Wentworth's Office of Executor.
Wentworth's System of Pleading.
Wesk. Ins. Weskett on the Law of Insurance.
West's Parl. Rep. West's parliamentary Reports.
West's Reports of Lord Chancellor Hardwicke.
West's Symb. West's Symboliography, or a description of instruments and precedents, 2 \
Westm. I. Westminister primer.
Weyt. on Av.
Quintin Van Weytsen on Average.
Whart. Cr. Law. Wharton on the Criminal Law of the United States.
Whart. Dig. Wharton's Digest.
Whart. Law Lex.
Wharton's Law Lexicon, or Dictionary of Jurisprudence.
Whart. R. Wharton's Reports.
Wheat. R. Wheatons' Reports.
Wheat. on Capt.
Wheaton's Digest of the Law of Maritime Captures and Prizes.
Wheat. Hist. of L. of N. Wheaton's History of the Law of Nations in Europe and America.
Wheel. Ab. Wheeler's Abridgments.
Wheel Cr. Cas. Wheeler's Criminal Cases.
Wheel on Slav. Wheeler on Slavery.
Whish. L. D. Whishaw's Law Dictionary.
Whit. on Liens. Whitaker on the Law of Liens.
Trans. Whitaker on Stoppage in Transitu.
White's New Coll. A New Collections of the Laws, Charters, and Local Ordinances of the
Governments of Great Britain, France, Spain, &c.;Whitm. B. L. Whitmarsh's Bankrupt Law.
Wicq. L'Ambassadeur et ses fonctions, par de
Wightw. Wightwich's Reports in the Exchequer.
Wilc. on Mun. Cor. Wilcock on Municipal Corporations.
Wilc. R. Wilcox's Reports.
Wilk Leg. Ang. Sax. Wilkin's leges Anglo-Saxionicae.
Wilk. on Lim. Wilkinson on Limitations.
Wilk on Publ. Funds. Wilkinson on the Law relating to the Public Funds, including the
Practice of Distringas, &c.;Wilk. on Repl.
Wilkinson on the Law of Replevin.
Will. Auct. Williams on the Law of Auctions.
Will. on Eq. Pl. Willis' Treatise on Equity Pleadings.
Will. on Inter. Willis on Interrogatories.
Will. L. D. Williams' Law Dictionary.
Will. Per. Pr. Williams' Principles of the Law of Personal Property.
Will. (P.) Rep. Peere Williams' Reports.
Willc. Off. of Const.
Willcock on the Office of Constable.
Willes' R. Willes' Reports.
Wills on Cir. Ev. Wills on Circumstantial Evidence.
Wils. on uses. Wilson on Springing Uses.
Wilm on Mortg. Wilmot on Mortgages.
Wilm. Judg. Wilmot's Notes of Opinions and Judgments.
Wils. on Arb. Wilson on Arbitration.
Wils. Ch. R. Wilson's Chancery Reports.
Wils.& Co. Wilson & courtenay's Reports.
Wils. Ex. R. Wilson's Exchequer Reports.
Wils.& Sh. Wilson & Shaw's Reports decided by the House of Lords.
Wils. R. Wilson's Reports.
Win. Winch's Entries.
Win. R. Winch's Reports.
Wing. Max. Wingate's Maxims.
Wins. JUst. Williams' Justice.
Wms. R., more usually, P. Wms. Peere
Wolff. Inst. Wolffius Institutiones Juris Naturae.
Wood's Inst., or Wood's Inst. Com.. L. Wood's Institutes of the Common Law of
Wood's Inst. Civ. Law. Wood's Institutes of the Civil Law.
Wood & Min. Rep. Woodbury and Minot's Reports.
Woodes. El Jur. Woodesson's Elements of Jurisprudence.
Lect. Wooddesson's Vinerian Lectures.
Woodf. L. and T. Woodfall on the Law of Landlord and Tenant.
Woodm. R. Woodman's Reports of Criminal Cases tried in the Municipal Court of the City of Boston.
Wool. Com. L. Woolrych's commercial Law.
Wool. L. W. Woolrych's law of Waters.
Woolr. on Com. Law.
Woolrych's Treatise on the Commercial and Mercantile Law of England.
Wool. on Ways. Woolrych on Ways.
Worth. on Jur. Worthington's
Inquiry into the Power of Juries to decide
incidentally on Questions of
Worth. Pre. Wills. Worthington's GeneralPrecedents for Wills, with practical notes.
Wright's R. Wright's Reports.
Wright, Fr. Soc. Wright on Friendly Societies.
Wright, Ten. Sir Martin Wright's Law of Tenures.
Wy. Pr. Reg. Wyatt's Practical Register.
X. The decretals of Gregory the ninth are denoted by the letter X, thus, X.
Y. B. Year Books, (q.v.)
Younge & Collyer's Exchequer Reports.
Y.& C. N. C. Younge & Collyer's New Cases.
Y.& J. Younge & Jervis' Exchequer Reports.
Yeates, R. Yeates' Reports.
Yearb. Year Book.
Yelv. Yelverton's Reports.
Yerg. R. Yerger's Reports.
Yo.& Col. Younge & Collyer's Exchequer Reports.
Yo.& Col. N. C.
Younge and Collyer's New Cases.
Yo. Rep. Younge's Reports.
Yo.& Jer. Younge & Jervis' Reports.
Zouch's Adm. Zouch's Jurisdiction of the Admiralty of England, asserted.
ABBREVIATORS, eccl. law. Officers whose duty it is to assist in
drawing up the Pope's briefs, and reducing petitions into proper form, to be
converted into Papal Bulls. Vide Bulls.
ABBROCHMENT, obsolete. The forestalling of a market or fair.
ABDICATION, government. 1. A simple renunciation of an office,
generally understood of a supreme office. James II. of England; Charles V. of
Germany; and Christiana, Queen of Sweden, are said to have abdicated. When
James III of England left the kingdom, the Commons voted that he had abdicated
the government, and that thereby the throne had become vacant. The House of
Lords preferred the word deserted, but the Commons thought it not comprehensive
enough, for then, the king might have the liberty of returning. 2. When
inferior magistrates decline or surrender their offices, they are said to make
a resignation. (q.v.)
ABDUCTION, crim. law. The carrying away of any person by force
or fraud. This is a misdemeanor punishable by indictment. 1 East, P.C. 458; 1
Russell, 569. The civil remedies are recaption, (q.v.) 3 Inst. 134; Hal. Anal.
46; 3 Bl. Com 4; by writ of habeas corpus; and an action of trespass, Fitz. N.
B. 89; 3 Bl. Com 139, n. 27; Roscoe, Cr. Ev. 193.
ABEARANCE. Behaviour; as, a recognizance to be of good
abearance, signifies to be of good behaviour. 4 Bl. Com.,251, 256.
ABEREMURDER, obsolete. An apparent, plain, or downright murder.
It was used to distinguish a wilful murder, from a chance-medley, or
manslaughter. Spelman; Cowell; Blount.
TO ABET, crim. law. To encourage or set another on to commit a
crime. This word is always taken in a bad sense. To abet another to commit a
murder, is to command, procure, or counsel him to commit it. Old Nat. Brev 21;
Col Litt. 475.
ABETTOR, crim. law. One who encourages or incites, persuades or
sets another on to commit a crime . Such a person is either a principal or, an
accessory to the crime. When present, aiding, where a felony is committed, he
is guilty as principal in the second degree ; when absent, "he is merelyan
accessory. 1. Russell, 21; 1 Leach 66; Foster 428.
ABEYANCE, estates, from the French aboyer, which in figurative
sense means to expect, to look for, to desire. When there is no person in esse
in whom the freehold is vested, it is said to be in abeyance, that is, in
expectation, remembrance and contemplation.
– 2. The law requires, however, that the freehold should never, if
possible, be in abeyance. Where there is a tenant of the freehold, the
remainder or reversion in fee may exist for a time without any particular
owner, in which case it is said to be in abeyance. 9 Serg. & R.. 367; 8
Plowd. 29 a. b 35 a.
– 3. Thus, if sn estate be limited to A for life, remainder to the
right heirs of B, the fee simple is in abeyance during the life of B, because
it is a maxim of law, that nemo est hoeres viventis. 2 Bl. Com. 107; 1 Cruise,
67-70; 1 Inst. 842, Merlin, Repertoire, mot Abeyance; 1 Com. Dig. 176; 1 Vin.
– 4. Another example may be given in the case of a corporation.
When a charter is given, and the charter grants franchises or property to a
corporation which is to be brought into existence by some future acts of the
corporators, such franchises or property are in abeyance until such acts shall
be done, and when the corporation is thereby brought into life, the franchises
instantaneously attach. 4 Wheat. 691. See, generally, 2 Mass. 500; 7 Mass. 445;
10 Mass. 93; 15 Mass. 464; 9 Cranch, 47. 293; 5 Mass. 555.
ABIDING BY PLEA. English law. A defendant who pleads a frivolous
plea, or a plea merely for the purpose of delaying the suit; or who for the
same purpose, shall file a similar demurrer, may be compelled by rule in term
time, or by a Judge's order in vacation, either to abide by that plea, or by
that demurrer, or to plead peremptorily on the morrow; or if near the end of
the term, and in order to afford time for notice of trial, the motion may be
made in court for rule to abide or plead instanter; that is, within twenty-four
hours after rule served, Imp. B.R. 340, provided that the regular time for
pleading be expired. If the defendant when ruled, do not abide, he can only
plead the general issue; 1 T.R. 693; but he may add notice of set-off. Ib. 694,
n. See 1 Chit. Rep. 565, n.
ABIGEAT, civ. law, A particular kind of larceny, which is
committed not by taking and carrying away the property from one place to
another, but by driving a living thing away with an intention of feloniously
appropriating the same. Vide Taking.
ABIGEI, civil law. Stealers of cattle, who were punished with
more severity than other thieves. Dig. 47, 14; 4 Bl. Com. 239.
ABJURATION – A renunciation of allegiance to a country by
2. – 1. The act of Congress of the 14th of April, 1802, 2 Story's
Laws, U.S. 850, requires that when an alien shall apply to be admitted a
citizen of the United States, he shall declare on oath or affirmation before
the court where the application shall be made, inter alia, that he doth
absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity which
he owes to any foreign prince, &c., and particularly, by name, the prince,
&c., whereof he was before a citizen or subject. Rawle on the Const.
3. – 2. In England t he oath of abjuration is an oath by which an
Englishman binds himself not to acknowledge any right in the Pretender to the
throne of England.
4. – 3 it signifies also, according to 25 Car. H., an oath
abjuring to certain doctrines of the church of Rome.
5. – 4. In the ancient English law it was a renunciation of one's
country and taking an oath of perpetual banishment. A man who had committed a
felony, and for safety flee to a sanctuary might within forty days' confess the
fact, and take the oath of abjuration and perpetual banishment; he was then
transported. This was abolished by Stat. 1 Jac. 1, c. 25. Ayl. Parerg. 14.
ABLEGATI, diplomacy. Papal ambassadors of the second rank, who
are sent with a less extensive commission to a court where there are no
nuncios. This title is equivalent to envoy (q. v.).
ABNEPOS, civil law. The grandson of a grandson or
grand-daughter, or fourth descendant. Abneptis, is the grand-daughter of a
grandson or grand-daughter. These terms are used in making genealogical
ABOLITION. An act by which a thing is extinguished, abrogated or
annihilated. Merl. Repert, h. t., as, the abolition of slavery is the
destruction of slavery.
2 . In the civil and French law abolition is used nearly synonymously
with pardon, remission, grace. Dig. 39, 4, 3, 3. There is, however, this
difference; grace is the generic term; pardon, according to those laws, is the
clemency which the prince extends to a man who has participated in a crime,
without being a principal or accomplice; remission is made in cases of
involuntary homicides, and self-defence. Abolition is different: it is used
when the crime cannot be remitted. The prince then may by letters of abolition
remit the punishment, but the infamy remains, unless letters of abolition have
been obtained before sentence. Encycl. de d'Alembert, h. t.
3. The term abolition is used in the German law in the same sense as in
the French law. Encycl. Amer. h. t. The term abolition is derived from the
civil law, in which it is sometimes used synonymously with absolution. Dig. 39,
4, 3, 3.
ABORTION, med jur. and criminal law. The expulsion of the foetus
before the seventh mouth of utero-gestation, or before it is viable. q. v.
2. The causes of this accident are referable either to the mother, or
to the foetus and its dependencies. The causes in the mother may be: extreme
nervous susceptibility, great debility, plethora, faulty conformation, and the
like; and it is frequently induced immediately by intense mental emotion. The
causes seated in the foetus are its death, rupture of the membranes,
3. It most frequently occurs between the 8th and 12th weeks of
gestation. When abortion is produced with a malicious design, it becomes a
misdemeanor, at common law, 1 Russell, 553; and the party causing it may be
indicted and punished.
4. The crimjnal means resorted to for the purpose of destroying the
foetus, may be divided into general and local. To the first belong venesection,
emetics, cathartics diuretics, emmenagogues &c. The second embraces all
kinds of violence directly applied.
5. When, in consequence of the means used to produce abortion, the
death of the woman ensues, the crime is murder.
6. By statute a distinction is made between a woman quick with child,
(q. v.) and one who, though pregnant, is not so, 1 Bl. Com. 129. Physiologists,
perhaps with reason, think that the child is a living being from the moment of
conception. 1 Beck. Med. Jur. 291. General References. 1 Beck, 288 to 331; and
429 to 435; where will be found an abstract of the laws of different countries,
and some of the states punishing criminal abortion; Roscoe, Cr. Ev. 190; 1
Russ. 553; vilanova y Manes, Materia Criminal Forense, Obs. 11, c. 7 n. 15-18.
See also 1 Briand, Med. Leg. 1 ere partie, c. 4, where the question is
considered, how far abortion is justifiable, and is neither a crime nor a
misdemeanor. See Alis. Cr. L. of Scot. 628.
ABORTUS. The fruit of an abortion; the child born before its
time, incapable of life. See Abortion; Birth; Breath; Dead bord; Gestation;
Life. ABOVE. Literally higher in place: But in law this word is sometimes used
to designate the superior court, or one which may revise proceedings of an
inferior court error, from such inferior jurisdiction. The court of error is
called the court above; the court whose proceedings are to be examined is
called the court below.
2. By bail above, is understood bail to the action entered with the
prothonotary or clerk, which is an appearance. See Bail above. The bail given
to the Sheriff, in civil cases, when the defendant is arrested on bailable
process, is called bail below; (q.v.) vide Below.
TO ABRIDGE, practice. To make shorter in words, so as to retain
the sense or substance. In law it signifies particularly the making of a
declaration or count shorter, by taking or severing away some of the substance
from it. Brook, tit. Abridgment ment; Com. Dig. Abridgment; 1 Vin. Ab. 109.
2. Abridgment of the Plaint is allowed even after verdict and before
judgment (Booth on R. A.) in an cases of real actions where the writ is de lib.
ten. generally, as in assize, dower; &c.; because, after the abridgment the
writ is still true, it being liberum tenementum still. But it is not allowed in
a proecipe quod reddat, demanding a certain number of acres; for this would
falsify the writ. See 2 Saund. 44, (n.) 4 ; Bro. Abr. Tit. Abr.; 12 Levin's
Ent. 76; 2 Saund. 330; Gilb. C. P. 249-253; Thel. Dig. 76, c. 28, pl. 15, lib.
AN ABRIDGMENT. An epitome or compendium of another and larger
work, wherein the principal ideas of the larger work are summarily contained.
When fairly made, it may justly be deemed, within the meaning of the law, a new
work, the publication of which will not infringe the copyright of the work
abridged. An injunction, however, will be granted against a mere colorable
abridgment. 2 Atk. 143; 1 Bro. C. C. 451; 5 Ves. 709; Lofft's R. 775; Ambl.
403; 5 Ves. 709.; 1 Story, R. 11. See Quotation.
2. Abridgments of the Law or Digests of Adjudged Cases, serve the very
useful purpose of an index to the cases abridged, 5 Co. Rep. 25. Lord Coke says
they are most profitable to those who make them. Co. Lit. in preface to the
table – at the end of the work. With few exceptions, they are not entitled
to be considered authoritative. 2 Wils. R. 1, 2; 1 Burr. Rep. 364; 1 Bl. Rep.
101; 3 T. R. 64, 241. See North American Review, July, 1826, pp. 8, 13, for an
account of the principal abridgments.
ABROGATION, in the civil law, legislation. The destruction or
annulling of a former law, by an act of the legislative power, or by usage. A
law may be abrogated or only derogated from; it is abrogated when it is totally
annulled; it is derogated from when only a part is abrogated: derogatur legi,
cum pars detrahitur; abrogatur legi, cum prorsus tollitur. Dig lib.. 50, t. 17,
1, 102. Lex rogatur dum fertur; abrogatur dum tollitur; derogatur eidem dum
quoddam ejus caput aboletuer; subrogatur dum aliquid ei adjicitur; abrogatur
denique, quoties aliquid in ea mutatur. Dupin, Proleg. Juris, Art. iv.
2. Abrogation is express or implied; it is express when it, is
literally pronounced by the new law, either in general terms, as when a final
clause abrogates or repeals all laws contrary to the provisions of the new one,
or in particular terms, as when it abrogates certain preceding laws which are
3. Abrogation is implied when the new law contains provisions which are
positively, contrary to the former laws, without expressly abrogating such
laws: for it is a posteriora derogant prioribus. 3 N. S. 190; 10 M. R. 172.
560. It is also implied when the order of things for which the law had been
made no longer exists, and hence the motives which had caused its enactment
have ceased to operate; ratione legis omnino cessante cessat lex. Toullier,
Droit Civil Francais, tit. prel. 11, n. 151. Merlin, mot Abrogation.
ABSCOND. To go in a clandestine manner out of the jurisdiction
of the courts, or to lie concealed in order to avoid their process.
ABSENTEE. One who is away from his domicil, or usual place of
2. After an absence of seven years without being heard from, the
presumption of death arises. 2 Campb. R. 113; Hardin's R. 479; 18 Johns. R. 141
15 Mass. R. 805; Peake's Ev. c. 14, s. 1; 2 Stark. Ev. 457 8; 4 Barn. & A.
422; 1 Stark. C. 121 Park on Ins. 433; 1 Bl. R. 404; Burr v. Simm, 4 Wh. 150;
Bradley v. Bradley, 4 Wh. 173.
3. In Louisiana, when a person possessed of either movable or immovable
property within the state, leaves it, without having appointed somebody to take
care of his estate; or when the person thus appointed dies, or is either unable
or unwilling to continue to administer that estate, then and in that case, the
judge of the place where the estate is situated, shall appoint a curator to
administer the same. Civ. Code of Lo. art. 50.. In the appointment of this
curator the judge shall prefer the wife of the absentee to his presumptive
heirs, the presumptive heirs to other relations; the relations to strangers,
and creditors to those who are not otherwise interested, provided, however,
that such persons be possessed of the necessary qualifications. Ib. art. 51.
For the French law on this subject, vide Biret, de l'Absende; Code Civil, liv.
l tit.. 4. Fouss. lib. 13 tit. 4, n. 379-487; Merl. Rep. h. t.; and see also
Ayl. Pand. 269; Dig. 50, 16, 198; Ib. 50, 16, 173; Ib. 3, 3,,6; Code, 7 32
ABSOLUTE. Without any condition or encumbrance, as an "absolute
bond," simplex obligatio, in distinction from a conditional bond; an absolute
estate, one that is free from all manner of condition or incumbrance. A rule is
said to be absolute, when, on the hearing, it is confirmed. As to the effect of
an absolute conveyance, see 1 Pow. Mortg. 125; in relation to absolute rights,
1 Chitty, PI. 364; 1 Chitty, Pr. 32.
ABSOLUTION. A definite sentence whereby a man accused of any
crime is acquitted.
ABSQUE HOC, pleading. When the pleadings were in Latin these
words were employed in a traverse. Without this, that, (q. v.) are now used for
the same purpose.
ABSQUE IMPETITIONE VASTI. Without impeachment of waste. (q. v.)
Without any right to prevent waste.
ABSQUE TALI CAUSA. This phrase is used in a traverse de injuria,
by which the plaintiff affirms that without the cause in his plea alleged he
did commit the said trespasses, &c. Gould on PI. c. 7, part 2, 9.
ABSTENTION, French law. This is the tacit renunciation by an
heir of a succession Merl. Rep. h.t.
ABSTRACT OF TITLE. A brief account of all the deeds upon which
the title to an estate rests. See Brief of Title.
ABUSE. Every thing which is contrary to good order established
by usage. Merl. Rep. h. t. Among the civilians, abuse has another
signification; which is the destruction of the substance of a thing in using
it. For example, the borrower of wine or grain, abuses the article lent by
using it, because he cannot enjoy it without consuming it. Leg ; El. Dr. Rom.
ABUTTALS. The buttings and boundings of land, showing on what
other lands, rivers, highways, or other places it does abut. More properly, it
is said, the sides of land, are adjoining and the ends abutting to the thing
contiguous. Vide Boundaries, and Cro. Jac. 184.
AC ETIAM, Eng. law. In order to give jurisdiction to a court, a
cause of action over which the court has jurisdiction is alleged, and also,,
(ac etiam) another cause of action over which, without being joined with the
first, the court would have no jurisdiction; for example, to the usual
complaint of breaking the plaintiff's close, over which the court has
jurisdiction, a clause is added containing the real cause of action. This
juridical contrivance grew out of the Statute 13 Charles H. Stat. 2, c. 2. The
clause was added by Lord North, Ch. J. of the C. P. to the clausum fregit writs
of that court upon which writs of capias might issue. He balanced awhile
whether he should not use the words nec non instead of ac etiam. The matter is
fully explained in Burgess on Insolvency, 149. 155. 156. 157.
ACCEDAS AD CURIAM, Eng. law. That you go to court. An original
writ, issuing out of chancery, now of coarse, returnable in K. B. or C. P. for
the removaI of a replevin sued by plaint in court of any lord, other than the
county before the sheriff See F. N. B. 18; Dyer, 169.
ACCEDAS AD VICECOMITEM, Eng. law. The name of a writ directed to
the coroner, commanding him to deliver a writ to the sheriff, who having a pone
delivered to him, suppresses it.
ACCEPTANCE, contracts. An agreement to receive somethinng which
has been offered.
2. To complete the contract, the acceptance must be absolute and past
recall, 10 Pick. 826; 1 Pick. 278; and communicated to the party making the
offer at the time and place appointed. 4. Wheat. R. 225; 6 Wend. 103.
3. In many cases acceptance of a thing waives the right which the party
receiving before had; as, for example, the acceptance of rent after notice to
quit, in general waives. the notice. See Co. Litt. 211, b; Id. 215, a.; and
Notice to quit.
4. The acceptance may be express, as when it is openly declared by the
party to be bound by it; or implied, as where the party acts as if he had
accepted. The offer, and acceptance must be in some medium understood by, both
parties; it may be language, symbolical, oral or written. For example, persons
deaf and dumb may contract by symbolical or written language. At auction sales,
the contract, generally symbolical; a nod, a wink, or some other sign by one
party, imports that he makes an offer, and knocking down a hammer by the other,
that he agrees to it. 3 D. & E. 148. This subject is further considered
under the articles Assent and Offer, (q v.)
5. Acceptance of a bill of exchange the act by which the drawee or
other person evinces his assent or intention to comply with and be bound by,
the request contained in a bill of exchange to pay the same; or in other words,
it is an engagement to pay the bill when due. 4 East, 72, It will be proper to
consider, 1, by whom the acceptance ought to be made; 2, the time when it is to
be made; 3, the form of the acceptance; 4, its extent or effect.
6. – 1. The acceptance must be made by the drawee himself, or by
one authorized by him. On the presentment of a bill, the holder has a right to
insist upon such an acceptance by the drawee as will subject him at all events
to the payment of the bill, according to its tenor; consequently such drawee
must have capacity to contract, and to bind himself to pay the amount of the
bill, or it, may be treated as dishonored. Marius, 22. See 2 Ad. & EH. N.
S. 16, 17.
7. – 2. As to the time when, a bill ought to be accepted, it may be
before the bill is drawn; in this case it must be in writing; 3 Mass. 1; or it
may be after it is drawn; when the bill is presented, the drawee must accept
the bill within twenty-four hours after presentment, or it should be treated as
dishonored. Chit. Bills, 212. 217. On the refusal to accept, even within the
twenty-four hours, it should be protested. Chit. Bills, 217. The acceptance may
be made after the bill is drawn, and before it becomes due or after the time
appointed for payment 1 H. Bl. 313; 2 Green, R. 339 ; and even after refusal to
accept so as to bind the acceptor.
8. The acceptance may also be made supra protest, which is the
acceptance of the bill, after protest for non-acceptance by the drawee, for the
honor of the drawer, or a particular endorser. When a bill has been accepted
supra protest for the honor of one party to the bill, it may be accepted supra
protest, by another individual, for the honor of another. Beawes, tit. Bills of
Exchange, pl. 52; 5 Campb. R. 447.
9. – 3. As to the form of the acceptance, it is clearly established
it may be in writing on the bill itself, or on another paper, 4 East, 91; or it
may be verbal, 4 East, 67; 10 John. 207; 3 Mass. 1; or it may be expressed or
10. An express acceptance is an agreement in direct and express terms
to pay a bill of exchange, either by the party on whom it is drawn, or by some
other person, for the honor of some of the parties. It is Usually in the words
accepted or accepts, but other express words showing an engagement to pay the
bill will be equally binding.
11. An implied acceptance is an agreement to pay a bill, not by direct
and express terms, but by any acts of the party from which an express agreement
may be fairly inferred. For example, if the drawee writes "seen," "presented,"
or any, other thing upon it, (as the day on which it becomes due,) this, unless
explained by other circumstances, will constitute an acceptance.
12. – 4. An acceptance in regard to its extent and effect, may be
either absolute, conditional, or partial.
13. An absolute acceptance is a positive engagement to pay the bill
according to its tenor, and is usually made by writing on the bill "accepted,"
and subscribing the drawee's name; or by merely writing his name either at the
bottom or across the bill. Comb. 401; Vin. Ab. Bills of Exchange, L 4; Bayl.
77; Chit. Bills, 226 to 228. But in order to bind another than the drawee, it
is requisite his name should appear. Bayl. 78.
14. A conditional acceptance is one which will subject the drawee or
acceptor to the payment of the money on a contingency, Bayl. 83, 4, 5; Chit.
Bills, 234; Holt's C. N. P. 182; 5 Taunt, 344; 1 Marsh. 186. The holder is not
bound to receive such an acceptance, but if he do receive it he must observe
its terms. 4 M.& S. 466; 2 W. C. C. R. 485; 1 Campb. 425.
15. A partial acceptance varies from the tenor of the bill, as where it
is made to pay part of the sum for which the bill is drawn, 1 Stra. 214; 2
Wash. C. C. R. 485; or to pay at a different time, Molloy, b. 2, c. 10, s. 20;
or place, 4. M.& S. 462.
ACCEPTILATION, contracts. In the civil law, is a release made by
a creditor to his debtor of his debt, without receiving any consideration. Ayl.
Pand. tit. 26, p. 570. It is a species of donation, but not subject to the
forms of the latter, and is valid, unless in fraud of creditors. Merlin,
Repert. de Jurisp. h. t. Acceptilation may be defined verborum conceptio qua
creditor debitori, quod debet, acceptum fert; or, a certain arrangement of
words by which on the question of the debtor, the creditor, wishing to dissolve
the obligation, answers that he admits as received, what in fact, he has not
received. The acceptilation is an imaginary payment. Dig. 46, 4, 1 and 19; Dig.
2, 14, 27, 9; Inst. 3, 30, 1.
ACCEPTOR, contracts. The person who agrees to pay a bill of
exchange drawn upon him. There cannot be two separate acceptors of a bill of
exchange, e. g. an acceptance by the drawee, and another for the honor of some
party to the bill. Jackson v. Hudson, 2 Campb. N. P. C. 447.
2. The acceptor of a bill is the principal debtor, and the drawer the
surety. He is bound, though he accepted without consideration, and for the sole
accommodation of the drawer. By his acceptance he admits the drawer's
handwriting, for, before acceptance it was incumbent upon him to inquire into
the genuineness of the drawer's handwriting. 3 Burr. 1354; 1 Bla. Rep. 390, S.
C.; 4 Dall. 234; 1 Binn. 27, S. C. When once made, the obligation of the
acceptor is irrevocable. As to what amounts to an acceptance, see ante,
Acceptance; Chitty on Bills, 242, et. seq.; 3 Kent, Com. 55, 6; Pothier, Traite
du Contrat de Change, premiere part. n. 44.
3. The liability of the acceptor cannot in general be released or
discharged, otherwise than by payment, or by express release or waiver, or by
the act of limitations. Dougl. R. 247. What amounts to a waiver and discharge
of the acceptor's liability, must depend on the circumstances of each
particular case. Dougl. 236, 248; Bayl. on Bills, 90; Chitty on Bills, 249.
ACCEPTOR SUPRA PROTEST, in contracts, is a third person, who,
after protest for non-acceptance by the drawee, accepts the bill for the honor
of the drawer, or of the particular endorser.
2. By this acceptance he subjects himself to the same obligations as if
the bill had been directed to him. An acceptor supra protest has his remedy
against the person for whose honor he accepted, and against all persons who
stand prior to that person. If he takes up the bill for the honor of the
endorser, he stands in the light of an endorsee paying full value for the bill,
and has the same remedies to which an endorsee would be entitled against all
prior parties, and he can, of course, sue the drawer and endorser., 1 Ld. Raym.
574; 1 Esp. N. P. Rep. 112; Bayly on Bills, 209; 3 Kent. Com. 57; Chitty on
Bills, 312. The acceptor supra protest is required to give thesame notice, in
order to charge a party, which is necessary to be given by other holders. 8
Pick. 1. 79; 1 Pet. R. 262. Such acceptor is not liable, unless demand of
payment is made on the drawee, and notice of his refusal given. 3 Wend.
ACCESS, persons. Approach, or the means or power of approaching.
Sometimes by access is understood sexual intercourse; at other times the
opportunity of communicating together so that sexual intercourse may have taken
place, is also called access. 1 Turn. & R. 141.
2. In this sense a man who can readily be in company with his wife, is
said to have access to her; and in that case, her issue are presumed to be his
issue. But this presumption may be rebutted by positive evidence that no sexual
intercourse took place. lb.
3. Parents are not allowed to prove non-access, for the purpose of
bastardizing the issue of the wife; nor will their declarations be received
after their deaths, to prove the want of access, with a like intent. 1 P. A.
Bro. R. App. xlviii.; Rep. tem. Hard. 79; Bull. N. P. 113; Cowp. R. 592; 8
East, R. 203; 11 East, R. 133. 2 Munf. R. 242; 3 Munf. R. 599; 7 N. S. 553; 4
Hayw R. 221, 3 Hawks, R 623 1 Ashm. R. 269; 6 Binn. R. 283; 3 Paige's R. 129; 7
N. S. 548. See Shelf. on Mar. & Div. 711; and Paternity.
ACCESSARY, criminal law. He who is not the chief actor in the
perpetration of the offence, nor present at its performance, but is some way
concerned therein, either before or after the fact committed.
2. An accessary before the fact, is one who being absent at the time
of, the crime committed, yet procures, counsels, or commands another to commit
it. 1 Hale, P. C. 615. It is, proper to observe that when the act is committed
through the agency of a person who has no legal discretion nor a will, as in
the case of a child or an insane person, the incitor, though absent when the
crime was committed, will be considered, not an accessary, for none can be
accessary to the acts of a madman, but a principal in the first degree. Fost.
340; 1 P. C. 118.
3. An accessary after the fact, is one who knowing a felony to have
been committed, receives, relieves, comforts, or assists the felon. 4 Bl. Com.
4. No one who is a principal (q. v.) can be an accessary.
5. In certain crimes, there can be no accessaries; all who are
concerned are principals, whether they were present or absent at the time of
their commission. These are treason, and all offences below the degree of
felony. 1 Russ. 21, et seq.; 4 Bl. Com. 35 to 40; 1 Hale, P. C. 615; 1 Vin.
Abr. 113; Hawk. P. C. b. 2, c. 29, s. 16; such is the English Law. But whether
it is law in the United States appears not to be determined as regards the
cases of persons assisting traitors. Serg. Const. Law, 382; 4 Cranch, R. 472,
501; United States v. Fries, Parnphl. 199.
6. It is evident there can be no accessary when there is no principal;
if a principal in a transaction be not liable under our laws, no one can be
charged as a more accessary to him. 1 W.& M. 221.
7. By the rules of the common law, accessaries cannot be tried without
their consent, before the principals. Foster, 360. The evils resulting from
this rule, are stated at length in the 8th vol. of Todd's Spencer, pp. 329,
ACCESSION, property. The ownership of a thing, whether it be
real or personal, movable or immovable, carries with it the right to all that
the thing produces, and to all that becomes united to it, either naturally or
artificially; this is called the right of accession.
2. – 1. The doctrine of property arising from accession, is
grounded on the right of occupancy.
3. – 2. The original owner of any thing which receives an accession
by natural or artificial means, as by the growth of vegetables, the pregnancy
of animals; Louis. Code, art. 491; the embroidering of cloth, or the conversion
of wood or metal into vessels or utensils, is entitled to his right of
possession to the property of it, under such its state of improvement; 5 H. 7,
15; 12 H. 8, 10; Bro. Ab. Propertie, 23; Moor, 20; Poph. 88. But the owner must
be able to prove the identity of the original materials; for if wine, oil, or
bread, be made out of another man's grapes, olives, or wheat, they belong to
the new operator, who is bound to make satisfaction to the former proprietor
for the materials which he has so converted. 2 Bl. Com. 404; 5 Johns. Rep. 348;
Betts v. Lee, 6 Johns. Rep. 169; Curtiss v. Groat, 10 Johns. 288; Babcock v.
Gill, 9 Johns. Rep. 363; Chandler v. Edson, 5 H. 7, 15; 12 H. 8, 10; Fits. Abr.
Bar. 144; Bro. Abr. Property, 23; Doddridge Eng. Lawyer, 125, 126, 132, 134.
See Adjunction; Confusion of Goods. See Generally, Louis. Code, tit. 2, c. 2
ACCESSION, international law, is the absolute or conditional
acceptance by one or several states, of a treaty already concluded between one
or several states, of a traty already concluded between other sovereignties.
Merl. Rep. mot Accession.
ACCESSORY, property. Everything which is joined to another
thing, as an ornament, or to render it more perfect, is an accessory, and
belongs to the principal thing. For example, the halter of a horse, the frame
of a picture, the keys of a house, and the like; but a bequest of a house would
not carry the furniture in it, as accessory to it. Domat, Lois Civ. Part. 2,
liv. 4, tit. 2, s. 4, n. 1. Accesiorium non ducit, sed sequitur principale. Co.
Litt. 152, a. Co. Litt. 121, b. note (6). Vide Accession; Adjunction;
Appendant; Appurtenances; Appurtenant; Incident.
ACCESSORY CONTRACT. one made for assuring the performance of a
prior contract, either by the same parties, or by others; such as suretyship,
mortgages, and pledges.
2. It is a general rule, that payment of the debt due, or the
performance of a thing required to be performed by the first or principal
contract, is a full discharge of such accessory obligation. Poth. Ob. part. 1,
c. 1, s. 1, art. 2, n. 14. Id. n. 182, 186. See 8 Mass. 551; 15 Mass. 233; 17
Mass. 419; 4 Pick. 11; 8 Pick. 522.
3. An accessory agreement to guaranty an original contract, which is
void, has no binding effect. 6 Humph. 261. ACCIDENT. The happening of an event
without the concurrence of the will of the person by whose agency it was caused
or the happening of an event without any human agency; the burning of a house
in consequence of a fire being made for the ordinary purpose of cooking or
warming the house, which is an accident of the first kind; the burning of the
same house by lightning would have been an accident of the second kind. 1 Fonb.
Eq. 374, 5, note.
2. It frequently happens that a lessee covenants to repair, in which
case he is bound to do so, although the premises be burned down without his
fault. 1 Hill. Ab. c. 15, s. 76. But if a penalty be annexed to the covenant,
inevitable accident will excuse the former, though not the latter. 1 Dyer, 33,
a. Neither the landlord nor the tenant is bound to rebuild a house burned down,
unless it has been so expressly agreed. Amb. 619; 1 T. R. 708; 4 – Paige,
R. 355; 6 Mass. R. 67; 4 M'Cord, R. 431; 3 Kent, Com. 373.
3. In New Jersey, by statute, no action lies against any person on the
ground that a fire began in a house or room occupied by him, if accidental. But
this does not affect any covenant. 1 N. J. Rev. C. 216.
ACCIDENT, practice. This term in chancery jurisprudence,
signifies such unforeseen events, misfortunes, losses, acts or omissions, as
are not the result of any negligence or misconduct in the party. Francis' Max.
M. 120, p. 87; 1 Story on Eq. 78. Jeremy defines it as used in courts of
equity, to be " an occurrence in relation to a contract, which was not
anticipated by the parties, when the same was entered into, and which gives an
undue advantage to one of them over the other in a court of law." Jer. on Eq.
358. This definition is objected to, because as accident may arise in relation
to other things besides contracts, it is inaccurate in confining accidents to
contracts; besides, it does not exclude cases of unanticipated occurrences,
resulting from the negligence or misconduct of the party seeking relief. 1
Story on Eq. 78, note 1.
2. In general, courts of equity will relieve a party who cannot obtain
justice in consequence of an accident, which will justify the interposition of
a court of equity. The jurisdiction being concurrent, will be maintained only,
first, when a court of law cannot grant suitable relief; and, secondly, when
the party has a conscientious title to relief.
3. Many accidents are redressed in a court of law; as loss of deeds,
mistakes in receipts and accounts, wrong payments, death, which makes it
impossible to perform a condition literally, and a multitude of other
contingencies; and many cannot be redressed even in a court of equity; is if by
accident a recovery is ill suffered, a contingent remainder destroyed, or a
power of leasing omitted in a family settlement. 3 Bl. Comm. 431. Vide,
generally, Com. Dig. Chancery, 3 F 8; 1 Fonb. Eq. B. 1, c. 3, s. 7; Coop. Eq.
PI. 129; 1 Chit. Pr. 408; Harr. Ch. Index, h. t.; Dane's Ab. h. t.; Wheat. Dig.
48; Mitf. Pl. Index, h. t.; 1 Madd. Ch. Pr. 23; 10 Mod. R. 1, 3; 3 Chit. Bl.
Com. 426, n.
ACCOMENDA, mar. law. In Italy, is a contract which takes place
when an individual entrusts personal property with the master of a vessel, to
be sold for their joint account. In such case, two contracts take place; first,
the contract called mandatum, by which the owner of the property gives the
master power to dispose of it, and the contract of partnership, in virtue of
which, the profits are to be divided between them. One party runs the risk of
losing his capital, the other his labor. If the sale produces no more than
first cost, the owner takes all the proceeds; it is only the profits which are
to be divided. Emer. on Mar. Loans, B. 5.
ACCOMODATION, com. law. That which is done by one merchant or
other person for the convenience of some other, by accepting or endorsing his
paper, or by lending him his notes or bills.
2. In general the parties who have drawn, endorsed or accepted bills or
other commercial paper for the accommodation, of others, are, while in the
hands of a holder who received them before they became due, other than the
person for whom the accomodation was given, responsible as if they had received
full value. Chit. Bills, 90; 91. See 4 Cranch, 141; 1 Ham. 413; 7 John. 361; 15
John. 355, 17 John. 176; 9 Wend. 170; 2 Whart. 344; 5 Wend. 566; 8 Wend. 437; 2
Hill, S. C. 362; 10 Conn. 308; 6 Munfd. 381.
ACCOMMODATION, contracts. An amicable agreement or composition
between two contending parties. It differs from accord and satisfaction, which
may take place without any difference having existed between the parties.
ACCOMPLICE, crim. law. This term includes in its meaning, all
persons who have been concerned in the commission of a crime, all particepes
crimitis, whether they are considered in strict legal propriety, as principals
iu the first or second degree, or merely as accessaries before or after the
fact. Foster, 341; 1 Russell, 21; 4 Bl. Com. 331; 1 Phil. Ev. 28; Merlin,
Repertoire, mot Complice. U. S. Dig. h. t.
2. But in another sense, by the word accomplice is meant, one who not
being a principal, is yet in some way concerned in the commission of a crime.
It has been questioned, whether one who was an accomplice to a suicide can be
punishhed as such. A case occurred in Prussia where a soldier, at the request
of his comrade, had cut the latter in pieces; for this he was tried capitally.
In the year 1817, a young woman named Leruth received a recompense for aiding a
man to kill himself. He put the point of a bistouri on his naked breast, and
used the hand of the young woman to plunge it with greater force into his
bosom; hearing some noise he ordered her away. The man receiving effectual aid
was soon cured of the wound which had been inflicted; and she was tried and
convicted of having inflicted the wound, and punished by ten years'
imprisonment. Lepage, Science du Driot,c h. 2 art. 3, 5. The case of Saul, the
king of Israel, and his armor bearer, (1 Sam. xxxi. 4,) and of David and the
Amelekite, (2 Sam. i. 2-16,) will doubtless occur to the reader.
ACCORD, in contracts. A satisfaction agreed upon between the
party injuring and the party injured, which when performed is a bar to all
actions upon this account. 3 Bl. Com. 15; Bac. Abr, Accord.
2. In order to make a good accord it is essential: 1. That the accord be
legal. An agreement to drop a criminal prosecution as a satisfaction for an
assault and imprisonment, is void. 5 East, 294. See 2 Wils. 341 Cro. Eliz.
3. – 2. It must be advantageous to the contracting party; hence
restoring to the plaintiff his chattels, or his land, of which the defendant
has wrongfully dispossessed him, will not be any consideration to support a
promise by the plaintiff not to sue him for those injuries. Bac. Abr. Accord,
&c. A; Perk. s. 749; Dyer, 75; 5 East, R. 230; 1 Str. R. 426; 2 T. R. 24;
11 East, R. 390; 3 Hawks, R. 580; 2 Litt. R. 49; 1 Stew. R. 476; 5 Day, R. 360;
1 Root, R. 426; 3 Wend. R. 66; 1 Wend, R. 164; 14 Wend. R. 116; 3 J. J. Marsh.
4. – 3. It must be certain; hence an agreement that the defendant
shall relinquish the possession of a house in satisfaction, &c., is not
valid, unless it is also agreed at what time it shall be relinquished. Yelv.
125. See 4 Mod. 88; 2 Johns. 342; 3 Lev. 189.
5. – 4. The defendant must be privy to the contract. If therefore
the consideration for the promise not to sue proceeds from another, the
defendant is a stranger to the agreement, and the circumstance that the promise
has been made to him will be of no avail. Str. 592; 6, John. R. 37; 3 Monr. R.
302 but in such case equity will grant relief by injunction. 3 Monr. R. 302; 5
East, R. 294; 1 Smith's R. 615; Cro. Eliz. 641; 9 Co. 79, b; 3 Taunt. R. 117; 5
Co. 117, b.
6. – 5. The accord must be executed. 5 Johns. R. 386; 3 Johns.
Cas. 243; 16 Johns. R. 86; 2 Wash. C. C. R. 180; 6 Wend. R. 390; 5 N. H. Rep.
136; Com. Dig. Accord, B 4.
7. Accord with satisfaction when completed has two effects; it is a
payment of the debt; and it is a species of sale of the thing given by the
debtor to the creditor, in satisfaction; but it differs from it in this, that
it is not valid until the delivery of the article, and there is no warranty of
the thing thus sold, except perhaps the title; for in regard to this, it cannot
be doubted, that if the debtor gave on an accord and satisfaction the goods of
another, there would be no satisfaction. See Dation, en paiement.
See in general Com. Dig. h. t.; Bac. Ab. h. t.; Com. Dig. Pleader, 2 V
8; 5 East, R. 230; 4 Mod. 88 ; 1 Taunt. R. 428; 7 East, R. 150; 1 J. B. Moore,
358, 460; 2 Wils. R. 86; 6 Co. 43, b; 3 Chit. Com. Law, 687 to 698; Harr. Dig.
h. t.; 1 W. Bl. 388; 2 T. R. 24; 2 Taunt. 141; 3 Taunt. 117; 5 B.& A. 886;
2 Chit. R. 303 324; 11 East, 890; 7 Price, 604; 2 Greenl. Ev. 28; 1 Bouv. Inst.
n. 805; 3 Bouv. Inst. n. 2478-79-80-81. Vide Discharge of Obligations.
ACCOUCHEMENT. The act of giving birth to a child. It is
frequently important to prove the filiation of an individual; this may be done
in several ways. The fact of the accouchement may be proved by the direct
testimony of one who was present, as a physician, a midwife, or other person. 1
Bouv. Inst. u. 314.
ACCOUNT, remedies. This is the name of a writ or action more
properly called account render.
2. It is applicable to the, case of an unliquidated demand, against a
person who is chargeable as bailiff or receiver. The use of it, is where the
plaintiff wants an account and cannot give evidence of his right without it. 5
Taunt. 431 It is necessary. where the receipt was directed to a merchandising
which makes all uncertainty of the nett remain, till the account is finished;
or where a man is charged as bailiff, whereupon the certainty of his receipt
appears not till account. Hob. 209.; See also 8 Cowen, R. 304; 9 Conn. R. 556;
2 Day, R. 28; Kirby, 164; 3 Gill & John. 388; 3 Verm. 485; 4 Watts, 420; 8
Cowen, 220. It is also the proper remedy by one partner against another. 15 S.
& R. 153 3 Binn. 317; 10 S. & R. 220; 2 Conn. 425; 4 Verm. 137; 1 Dall.
340; 2 Watts 86.
3. The interlocutory judgment in this action is (quod computet) that
the defendant render an account upon which judgment auditors are assigned to
him to hear and report his account. (See I Lutwych, 47; 3 Leon. 149, for
precedents) As the principal object of the action is to compel a settlement of
the account in the first instance, special bail cannot be demanded, (2 Roll.
Rep. 53; 2 Keble, 404,) nor are damagos awarded upon the first judgment, nor
given except ratione interplacitationis, (Cro. Eliz. 83; 5 Binn. 664; 24 Ed. 3.
16; 18 Ed. 3. 55; Reg. Brev. 136 b,) although it is usual to conclude the count
with a demand of damages. (Lib. Int. fo. 16. fo. 20; 1 Lutw. 51. 58; 2 H. 7.
13.) The reason assigned for this rule, is, that it may be the defendant will
not be found in arrears after he has accounted, and the court cannot know until
the settlement of the account whether the plaintiff has been endamaged or not.
7 H. 6. 38.
4. This action combines the properties of a legal and equitable action.
The proceedings up to the judgment quod computet, and subsequent to the account
reported by the auditors are conducted upon the principles of the common law.
But the account is to be adjusted upon the most liberal principles of equity
and, good faith. (Per Herle, Ch. J. 3 Ed. 3. 10.) The court it is said are
judges of the action – the auditors of the account, Bro. Ab. Ace. 48, and
both are judges of record, 4 H. 6. 17; Stat. West. 2. c. 11. This action has
received extension in Pennsylvania. 1 Dall. 339, 340.
5. The fist judgment (quod computet) is enforeed by a capias ad
computandum where defendant refuses to appear before the auditors, upon which
he may be held to bail, or in default of bail be made to account in prison. The
final judgment quod recuperet is enforeed by fi. fa. or such other process as
the law allows for the recovery of debts.
6. If the defendant charged as bailiff is found in surplusage, no
judgment oan be entered thereon to recover the amount so found in his favor
against the plaintiff, but as the auditors are judges of record, he may bring
an action of debt, or by some authorities a sci. fac. against the plaintiff,
whereon he may have judgment and execution against the plaintiff. See Palm.
512; 2 Bulst. 277-8; 1 Leon. 219; 3 Keble Rep. 362; 1 Roll. Ab. 599, pl. 11;
Bro. Ab. Acc. 62; 1 Roll. Rep. 87. See Bailiff, in account render.
7. In those states where they have courts of chancery, this action is
nearly superseded by the better remedy which is given by a bill in equity, by
which the complainant can elicit a discovery of the acts from the defendant
under his oath, instead of relying merely on the evidence he may be able to
produce. 9 John. R. 470; 1 Paige, R. 41; 2 Caines' Cas. Err. 38, 62; 1 J. J.
Marsh. R. 82; Cooke, R. 420; 1 Yerg. R. 360; 2 John. Ch. R. 424; 10 John. R.
587; 2 Rand. R. 449; 1 Hen. & M9; 2 M'Cord's Ch. R. 469; 2 Leigh's R.
8. Courts of equity have concurrent jurisdiction in matters of account
with courts of law, and sometimes exclusive jurisdiction at least in some
respects: For example; if a plaintiff be entitled to an account, a court of
equity will restrain the defendant from proceeding in a claim, the correctness
of which cannot be ascertained until the account be taken; but not where the
subject is a matter of set-off. 1 Sch. & Lef. 309; Eden on Injunct. 23,
9. When an account has voluntarily been stated between parties, an
action of assumpsit may be maintained thereon. 3 Bl. Com. 162; 8 Com. Dig. 7; 1
Com. Dig. 180; 2 Ib. 468; 1 Vin. Ab. 135; Bac. Ab. h. t.; Doct. Pl. 26; Yelv.
202; 1 Supp. to Ves. Jr, 117; 2 Ib. 48, 136. Vide 1 Binn. R. 191; 4 Dall. R.
434; Whart. Dig. h. t. ; 3 Wils. 73, 94; 8 D.& R. 596; Bull. N. P. 128; 5
Taunt. 431; U. S. Dig. h. t.; 2 Greenl. Ev. 34-39.
ACCOUNT, practice. A statement of the receipts and payments of
an executor, administrator, or other trustee, of the estate confided to
2. Every one who administers the affairs of another is required at the
end of his administration to render an account of his management of the same.
Trustees of every description can, in general, be compelled by courts of
chancery to settle accounts, or otherwise fully execute their trusts. Where
there are no courts of chancery, the courts of common law are usually invested
with power for the same purposes by acts of legislation. When a party has had
the property of another as his agent, he may be compelled at common law to
account by an action of account render.
3. An account is also the statement of two merchants or others who have
dealt together, showing the debits and credits between them.
ACCOUNT-BOOK. A book kept by a merchant, trader, mechanic, or
other person, in which are entered from time to time the transactions of his
trade or business. Vide Books; Entry; Original entry.
ACCOUNT CURRENT. A running or open account between two
ACCOUNT IN BANK, com. law. 1: A fund which merchants, traders
and others have deposited into the common cash of some bank, to be drawn out by
checks from time to time as the owner or depositor may require. 2. The
statement of the amount deposited and drawn, which is kept in duplicate, one in
the depositor's bank book, and the other in the books of the bank.
ACCOUNT STATED. The settlement of an account between the
parties, by which a balance is struck in favor of one of them, is called an
2. An acknowledgnaent of a single item of debt due from the defendant
to the plaintiff is sufficient to support a count on an account stated. 13
East, 249; 5 M.& S. 65.
3. It is proposed to consider, 1st, by whom an account may, be stated;
2d, the manner of stating the account; 3d, the declaration upon such, an
account; 4th, the evidence.
4. 1. An account may be stated by a man and his wife of the one part,
and a third person; and unless there is an express promise to pay by the
hushand, Foster v. Allanson, 2 T. R. 483, the action must be brought against
hushand and wife. Drue v. Thorne, Aleyn, 72. A plaintiff cannot recover against
a defendant upon an account stated by him, partly as administrator and partly
in his own private capacity. Herrenden v. Palmer, Hob. 88. Persons wanting a
legal capacity to make a contract cannot, in general, state an account; as
infants, Truman v. Hurst, 1 T. R. 40; and persons non compos mentis.
5. A plaintiff may recover on an account stated with the defendant,
including debts due from the defendant alone, and from the defendant and a
deceased partner jointly. Riebards v. Heather, 1 B.& A. 29, and see Peake's
Ev. 257. A settlement between partners, and striking a balance, will enable a
plaintiff to maintain an action on such stated account for the balance due him,
Ozeas v. Johnson, 4 Dall. 434; S. C. 1 Binn. 191; S. P. Andrews v. Allen, 9 S.
& R. 241; and see Lamelere v Caze, 1 W. C.C.R. 435.
6. – 2. It is sufficient, although the account be stated of that
which is due to the plaintiff only without making any deduction for any
counter-claim for the defendant, Styart v. Rowland, 1 Show. 215. It is not
essential that there should be cross demands between the parties or that the
defendant's acknowledgment that a certain sum was due from him to the
plaintiff, should relate to more than a single debt, or transaction. 6 Maule
& Selw. 65; Knowles et al. 13 East, 249. The acknowledgment by the
defendant that a certain sum is due, creates an implied promise to pay the
amount. Milward v. Ingraham, 2 Mod. 44; Foster v. Allanson, 2 T. R. 480.
7. – 3. A count on an account stated is almost invariably inserted
in declarations in assumpsit for the recovery of a pecuniary demand. See form,
1 Chit. PI. 336. It is advisable, generally, to insert such a count, Milward,
v. Ingraham, 2 Mod. 44; Trueman v. Hurst, 1 T. R. 42; unless the action be
against persons who are incapable in law to state an account. It is not
necessary to set forth the subject-matter of the original debt, Milward v.
Ingraham, 2 Mod. 44; nor is the sum alleged to be due material. Rolls v.
Barnes, 1 Bla. Rep. 65; S. C. 1 Burr. 9.
8. – 4. The count upon an account stated, is supported by evidence
of an acknowledgment on the part of the defendant of money due to the
plaintiff, upon an account between them. But the sum must have been stated
between the parties; it is not sufficient that the balance may be deduced from
partnership books. Andrews v. Allen, 9 S.&. R. 241. It is unnecessary to
prove the items of which the account consists; it is sufficient to prove some
existing antecedent debt or demand between the parties respecting which an
account was stated, 5 Moore, 105; 4 B.& C. 235, 242; 6 D.& R. 306; and
that a balance was struck and agreed upon; Bartlet v. Emery, 1 T. R. 42, n; for
the stating of the account is the consideration of the promise. Bull. N. P.
129. An account stated does not alter the original debt; Aleyn, 72; and it
seemsnot to be conclusive against the party admitting the balance against him.
1 T. R. 42. He would probably be allowed to show a gross error or mistake iu
the account, if he could adduce clear evidence to that effect. See 1 Esp. R.
159. And see generally tit. Partner's; Chit. Contr. 197; Stark. Ev. 123; 1
Chit. Pl. 343.
9. In courts of equity when a bill for an account has been filed, it is
a good defence that the parties have already in writing stated and adjusted the
items of the account, and struck a balance; for then an action lies it law, and
there is no ground for the interference of a court of equity. 1 Atk. 1; 2
Freem. 62; 4 Cranch, 306; 11 Wheat. 237; 9 Ves. 265; 2 Bro. Ch. R. 310; 3 Bro.
Ch. R. 266; 1 Cox, 435.
10. But if there has been any mistake, ommision, fraud, or undue
advantage, by which the account stated is in fact vitiated, and the balance
incorrectly fixed, a court of equity will open it, and allow it to be
re-examined; and where there has been gross fraud it will direct the whole
account to be opened, and examined de novo. Fonbl. Eq. b. 1, c. 1 3, note (f);
1 John. Ch. R. 550.
11. Sometimes the court will allow the account to stand, with liberty
to the plaintiff to surcharge and falsify it; the effect of this is, to leave
the account in full force and vigor, as a stated account, except so far as it
can be impugned by the opposing party. 2 Ves. 565; 11 Wheat. 237. See
ACCOUNT OF SALES. comm. law. An account delivered by one
merchant or tradesman to another, or by a factor to his principal, of the
disposal, charges, commissions and net proceeds of certain merchandise
consigned to such merchant, tradesman or factor, to be sold.
ACCOUNTANT. This word has several significations: 1. One who is
versed in accounts; 2. A person or officer appointed to keep the accounts of a
public company; 3. He who renders to another or to a court a just and detailed
statement of the administration of property which he holds as trustee,
executor, admnistrator or guardian. Vide 16 Vin. Ab. 155.
ACCOUPLE. To accouple is to marry. See Ne unquas accouple.
TO ACCREDIT, international law. The act by which a diplomatic
agent is acknowledged by the government near which he is sent. This at once
makes his public character known, and becomes his protection.
ACCRETION. The increase of land by the washing of the seas or
rivers. Hale, De Jure Maris, 14. Vide Alluvion; Avulsion.
TO ACCRUE. Literally to grow to; as the interest accrues on the
principal. Accruing costs are those which become due and are created after
judgment of an execution.
2. – To accrue means also to arise, to happen, to come to pass; as
the statute of limitations does not commence running until the cause of action
has accrued. 1 Bouv. Inst. n. 861; 2 Rawle, 277; 10 Watts, 363; Bac. Abr.
Limitation of Actions, D 3.
ACCUMULATIVE JUDGMENT. A second or additional judgment given
against one, who has been convicted, the execution or effect of which is to
commence after the first has expired; as, where a man is sentenced to an
imprisonment for six months on conviction of larceny, and, afterwards he is
convicted of burglary, he may be sentenced to undergo an imprisonment for the
latter crime, to commence after the expiration of the first imprisonment; this
is called an accumulative jufgment.
ACCUSED. One who is charged with a crime or misdemeanor.
ACCUSATION, crim. law. A charge made to a competent officer
against one who has committed a crime or misdemeanor, so that he may be brought
to justice and punishment.
2. A neglect to accuse may in some cases be consicleied a misdemeanor,
or misprision. (q. v.) 1 Bro. Civ. Law, 247; 2 Id. 389; Inst. lib. 4, tit.
3. It is a rule that no man is bound to accuse himself, or to testify
against himself in a criminal case. Accusare nemo se debet nisi coram Deo. Vide
Evidence; Interest; Witness.
ACCUSER. One who makes an accusation.
ACHAT. This French word signifies a purchase. It is used in some
of our law books, as well as achetor, a purchaser, which in some ancient
statutes means purveyor. Stat. 36 Edw. III.
ACHERSET, obsolete. An ancient English measure of grain,
supposed to be the same with their quarter or eight bushels.
ACKNOWLEDGMENT, conveyancing. The act of the grantor going
before a competent officer, and declaring the instrument to be his act or deed,
and desiring the same to be recorded as such. The certificate of the officer on
the instrument, that such a declaration has been made to him, is also called an
acknowledgment. The acknowledgment or due proof of the instrument by witnesses,
must be made before it can be put upon record.
2. Below will be found the law of the several states relating to the
officer before whom the acknowledgment must be made. Justice requires that
credit should be here givem for the valuable information which has been derived
on this subject from Mr. Hilliard's Abridgment of the American Law of Real
Property, and from. Griffith's Register. Much valuable information has also
been received on this subject from the correspondents of the author.
3. Alabama. Before one of the judges of the superior court, or any one
of the justices of the county court; Act of March 3, 1803; or before any one of
the superior judges or justices of the quorum of the territory (state); Act of
Dec. 12, 1812; or before the clerks of the circuit and county courts, within
their respective counties; Act of Nov. 21, 1818; or any two justices of the
peace; Act of Dee. 17, 1819; or clerks of the circuit. courts, for deeds
conveying lands anywhere in the state; Act of January 6, 1831; or before any
notary public, Id, sec. 2; or before one justice of the peace; Act of January
5, 1836; or before the clerks of the county courts; Act of Feb. 1, 1839; See
Aiken's Dig. 88, 89, 90, 91, 616; Meek's Suppl. 86.
4. When the acknowledgment is out of the state, in one of the United
States or territories thereof, it may be made before the chief justice or any
associate judge of the supreme court of the United States, or any judge or or
justice of the superior court of any state, or territory in the Union. Aiken's
5. When it is made out of the United States, it may be made before and
certified by any court of law, mayor or other chief magistrate of any city,
borough or corporation of the kingdom, state, nation, or colony, where it is
made. Act of March 3,1803.
6. When a feme covert is a grantor, the officer must certify that she
was examined "separately and apart from her said hushand and that on such
private examination, she acknowledged that she signed, sealed and delivered the
deed as her voluntary act and deed, freely and without any threat, fear, or
compulsion, of her said hushand."
7. Arkansas. The proof or acknowledgment of every deed or instrument of
writing for the conveyance of real estate, shall be taken by some one of the
following courts or officers: 1. When acknowledged or proven within this state,
before the supreme court, the circuit court, or either of the judges thereof,
or of the clerk of either of the said courts, or before the county court, or
the judge thereof, or before an justice of the peace or notary public.
8. – 2. When acknowledged or proven without this state, and within
the United States or their territories, before any court of the United States,
or of any state or territory having a seal, or the clerk of any such court, or
before the mayor of any city or town, or the chief officer of any city or town
having a seal of office.
9. – 3.When acknowledged or proven without the United States,
before any court of any state, kingdom or empire having a seal, or any mayor or
chief officer of any city. or town having an official seal, or before any,
officer of any foreign country, who by the laws of such country, is authorized
to take probate of the conveyance of real estate of his own country, if such
officer has by law an official seal.
10. The conveyance of any real estate by any married woman, or the
relinquishment of her dower in any of her hushand's real estate, shall be
authenticated, and the title passed, by such married woman voluntarily
appearing before the proper court or officer, and, in the absence of her
hushand, declaring that she had of her own free will executed the deed or
instrument in question, or that she had signed and sealed the relinquishment of
dower for the purposes therein contained and set forth, without any compulsion
or undue influence of her hushand. Act of Nov. 30, 1837, s. 13, 21; Rev. Stat.
11. In cases of ackkowledgment or proof of deeds or conveyances of real
estate taken within the United States or territories thereof, when taken before
a court or officer, having a seal of office, such deed or conveyance shall be
attested under such seal of office; and if such officer have no seal of office,
then under the official signature of such officer, Idem, s. 14; Rev. Stat.
12. In all cases of deeds, and conveyances proven or acknowledged
without the United States or their territories, such acknowledgment or proof
must be attested under the official seal of the court or officer before whom
such probate is had. Idem, s. 15.
13. Every court or officer that shall take the proof or acknowledgment
of any deed or conveyance of real estate, or the relinquishment of dower of any
married woman in any conveyance of the estate of her hushand, shall grant a
certificate thereof, and cause such certificate to be endorsed on the said
deed, instrument, conveyance or relinquishment of dower, which certificate
shall be signed by the clerk of the court where the probate is taken in court,
or by the officer before whom the same is taken and sealed, if he have a seal
of office. Idem, s. 16.
14. Connecticut. In this state, deeds must be acknowledged before a
judge of the supreme or district court of the United States, or the supreme or
superior court, or court of common pleas or county court of this state, or a
15. When the acknowledgment is made in another state or territory of
the United States, it must be before some officer or commisioner having power
to take acknowledgments there.
16. When made out of the United States before a resident American
consul, a justice of the peace, or notary public, no different form is used,
and no different examination of a feme covert from others. See Act of 1828; Act
of 1833; 1 Hill. Ab. c. 34, s. 82.
17. Delaware. Before the supreme court, or the court of common pleas of
any county, or a judge of either court, or the chancellor, or two justices of
the peace of the same county.
18. The certificate of an acknowledgment in court must be under the
seal of the court.
19. A feme covert may also make her acknowledgment before the same
officers, who are to examine her separately from her hushand.
20. An acknowledgment out of the state, may be made before a judge of
any court of the United States, the chancellor or judge of a court of record,
of the said court itself, or the chief officer of a city or borough, the
certificate to be under the official seal; if by a judge, the seal to be
affixed to his certificate, or to that of the clerk or keeper of the seal.
Commissioners appointed in other states may also take acknowledgments. 2 Hill.
Ab. 441 ; Griff. Reg. h. t.
21. Florida. Deeds and mortgages must be acknowledged within the state
before the officer authorized by law to record the same, or before some
judicial officers of this state. Out of the state, but within some other state
or territory of the United States, before a commissioner of Florida, appointed
under the act passed January 24, 1831; and where there is no commissioner, or
heis unable to attend) before the chief justice, judge, presiding judge, or
president of any court of record of the United States or of any state or
territory thereof having a seal and a clerk or prothonotary. The certificate
must show, first, that the acknowledgment was taken within the territorial
jurisdiction of the officer; secondly, the court of which he is such officer.
And it must be accompanied by the certificate of the clerk or prothonotary of
the court of which he is judge, justice or president, under the seal of said
court that he is duly appointed and authorized as such. Out of the United
States. If in Europe, or in North or South America, before. any minister
plenipotentiary, or minister extraordinary, or any cbarge d'affaires, or consul
of the United States, resident or accredited there. If in any part of Great
Britain and Ireland, or the dominions thereeunto belonging, before the consul
of the United States, resident or accredited therein, or before the mayor or
other chief magistrate of London, Bristol, Liverpool, Dublin or Edinburgh, the
certificate to be under the hand and seal of the officer.In any other place out
of the United States, where there is no public minister, consul or vice consul,
commercial agent or vice commercial agent of the United States, before two
subscribing witnesses and officers of such place, and the identity of such
civil officer and credibility, shall be certified by a consul or vice consulof
the United States, of the government of which such place is a part.
22. The certificate of acknowledgmeut of a married, woman must state
that she was examined apart from her hushand, that she executed such deeds,
&c., freely and without any fear or compulsion of her hushand.
23. Georgia. Deeds of conveyance of land in the state must be executed
in the preseace of two witnesses, and proved before a justice of the peace, a
justice of the inferior court, or one of the judges of the superior courts.If
executed in the presence of one witness and a magistrate, no probate is
required. Prince's Dig. 162; 1 Laws of Geo. 115.
24. When out of the state, but in the United States, they may be proved
by affidavit of one or more of the witnesses thereto, before any governor,
chief justice, mayor, or other justice, of either of the United States, and
certified accordingly, and transmitted under the common or public seal of the
state, court, city or place, where the same is taken. The affidavit must
express the place of the affidant's abode. Idem.
25. There is no state law, directing how the acknowledgment shall be
made when it is made out of the United States.
26. By an act of the legislature passed in 1826, the widow is barred, of
her dower in all lands of her deceased hushand, that he aliens or conveys away
during the coverture, except such lands as he acquired by his intermarriage
with his wife; So that no relinquishment of dower by the wife is necessary,
unless the lands came to her hushand by her. Prince's Dig.249; 4 Laws of Geo.
217. The magistrate should certify that the wife did declare that freely, and
without compulsion, she signed, sealed and delivered the instrument of writing
between the parties, naming them and that she did renounce all title or claim
to dower that she might claim or be entitled to after death of her hushand,
(naming him.) 1 Laws of. Geo. 112; Prince's Dig. 160.
27. Indiana. Before the recorder of the county in which the lands may,
be situate, or one of the judges of the supreme court of this state, or before
one of the judges of the circuitcourt, or some justice of the peace of the
county within which the estate may be situate, before notaries public, or
before probate judges. Ind. Rev. Stat. c. 44, s. 7; Id. eh. 74; Act of Feb. 24,
28. All deeds and conveyances made and executed by any person without
this state and brought within it to be recorded, the acknowledgment having been
lawfully made before any judge or justice of the peace of the proper county in
which such deed may have been made and executed, and certified under the seal
of such county by the proper officer, shall be valid and effectual in law. Rev.
Code, c. 44, s. 11 App. Jan. 24, 1831.
29. When ackkowledged by a feme covert, it must be certified that she
was examined separate and apart from her hushand; that the full contents of the
deed were made known to her; that she did then and there declare that she had,
as her own voluntary act and deed, signed, sealed and executed the said deed of
her own free will and accord, without any fear or compulsion from her said
30. Illinois. Before a judge or justice of the supreme or
districtcourts of the United States, a commissioner authorized to take
acknowledgments, a judge or justice of the supreme, superior or district court
of any of the United States or territories, a justice of the peace, the clerk
of a court of record, mayor of a city, or notary public; the last three shall
give a certificate under their official seal.
31. The certificate must state that the party is known to the officer,
or that his identity has been proved by a credible witness, naming him. When
the acknowledgment is taken by a justice of the peace of the state, residing in
the county where the lands lie, no other certificate is required than his own;
when heresides in another county, there shall be a certificate of the clerk of
the county commissioners court of the proper county, under seal, to his
32. When the justice of the peace taking the acknowledgment resides out
of the state, there shall be added to the deed a certificate of the proper
clerk, that the person officiating is a justice of the peace.
33. The deed of a feme covert is acknowledged before the same officers.
The certificate must state that she is known to the officer, or that. her
identity has been proved by a witness who must be named; that the officer
informed her of the contents of the deed; that she was separately examined;
that she acknowledged the execution and release to be made freely, voluntarily,
and without the compulsion of her hushand.
34. When the hushand and wife reside in the state, and the latter is
over eighteen years of age, she may convey her lands, with formalities
substanially the same as those used in a release of dower; she acknowledges the
instrument to be her act and deed, and that she does not wish to retract.
35. When she resides out of the state, if over eighteen, she may join
her hushand in any writing relating to lands in the state, in which case her
acknowledgmeut is the same as if she were a feme sole. Ill. Rev. L. 135-8; 2
Hill Ab. 455, 6.
36. Kentucky. Acknowledgments taken in the State must be before the
clerk of a county court, clerk of the general court, or clerk of the court of
appeals. 4 Litt. L. of K. 165 ; or before two justices of the peace, 1 Litt. L.
of K. 152.; or before the mayor of the city of Louisville. Acts of 1828, p.
219, s. 12.
37. When in another state or territory of the United States, before two
justices of the peace, 1 Litt. L. of K. 152; or before any court of law, mayor,
or other chief magistrate of any city, town or corporation of the county where
the grantorsdwell, Id. 567; or before any justice or judge of a superior or
inferior court of law. Acts of 1831, p. 128.
38. When made out of the United States, before a mayor of a city, or
consul of the U. S. residing there' or, before the chief, magistrate of such
state or country, to be authenticated in the usual manner such officers
authenticate the official act's. Acts of 1831, p. 128, s. 5.
39. When a feme covert acknowledges the deed, the certificate must state
that she was examined by the officer separate and apart from her hushand, that
she declared that she did freely and willingly seal and deliver the said
writing, and wishes not to retract it, and acknowledged the said writing again
shown and explained to her, to be her act and deed, and consents that the same
may be recorded.
40. Maine. Before a justice of the peace in this state, or any justice
of the peace, magistrate, or notary public, within the United States, or any
commissioner appointed for that purpose by the governor of this state, or
before any minister or cousul of the United States, or notary public in any
foreign country. Rev. St. t. 7, c. 91, 7; 6 Pick. 86.
41. No peculiar form for the certificate of acknowledgment is
prescribed; it is required that the hushand join in the deed. "The joint deed
of hushand and wife shall be effectual to convey her real estate, but not to
bind her to any covenant or estoppel therein." Rev. St. t. 7, c. 91, 5.
42. Maryland. Before two justices of the peace of the county where the
lands lie, or where the grantor lives, or before a judge of the county court of
the former county, or the mayor of Annapolis for Anne Arundel county. When the
acknowledgment is made in another county than that in which the lands are
situated, an in which the party Eves, the clerk of the court must certify under
the court seal, the official capacity of the acting justices or judge.
43. When the grantor resides out of the state, a commission issues on,
application of the purchaser, and with the written consent of the grantor, from
the clerk of the county court where the landlies, to two or more commissioners
at the grantee's residence; any two of whom may take the acknowledgment, and
shall certify it under seal and return the commission to be recorded with the
deed; or the grantor may empower an attorney in the state to acknowledge for
him, the power to be incorporated in the deed, or annexed to it, and proved by
a subscribing witness before the county court, or two justices of the peace
where the land lies, or a district judge, or the governor or a mayor, notary
public, court or judge thereof, of the place where it is. executed; in each
case the certificate to be under an official seal. By the acts of 1825, c. 58,
and 1830, c. 164 the acknowledgment in another state may be before a judge of
the U. S. or a judge of a court of record of the state. and county where the
grantor may be the clerk to certify under seal, the official character of the
44. By the act of 1837, c. 97, commissioners may be appointed by
authority of the state, who shall reside in the other states or territories of
the United States who shall be authorized to take acknowledgment of deeds. The
act of 1831, c. 205, requires that the officer shall certify knowledge of the
45. The acknowledgment of a feme covert must be made separate and apart
from her hushand. 2 Hill. Ab. 442; Griff. Reg. h. t. See also, 7 Gill & J.
480; 2 Gill. & J. 173 6 Harr. & J. 336; 3 Harr. & J.371 ; 1 Harr.
& J. 178; 4 Harr. & M'H. 222.
46. Massachusetts. Before a justice of the peace or magistrate out of
the state. It has been held that an American consul at a foreign port, is a
magistrate. 13 Pick. R. 523. An acknowledgment by one of two grantors has been
held, sufficient to authorize the registration of a deed; and a wife need not,
therefore, acknowledge the conveyance when she joins with her hushand. 2 Hill.
Ab. c. 34, s. 45.
47. Michigan. Before a judge of a court of record, notary public,
justice of the peace, or master in chan cery; and in case of the death of the
grantor, or his departure from the state, it may be proved by one of the
subscribing witnesses before any court of record in the state. Rev. St. 208
Laws of 1840, p. 166.
48. When, the deed is acknowledged out of the state of Michigan, but in
the United States, or an of the territories of the U. S., it is to be
acknowledged according to the laws of such state or territory, with a
certificate of the proper county clerk, under his seal of office, that such
deed is executed according to the laws of such state or territory, attached
49. When acknowledged in a foreign country, it may be executed according
to the laws of such foreign country, but, it must in such. case, be
acknowledged before a minister plenipotentiary , consul, or charge d'affaires
of the United States and the acknowledgment must be certified by the officer
before whom the same was taken. Laws of 1840, p. 166, sec. 2 and 3.
50. When the acknowledgment is made by a feme covert, the certificate
must state that on a private examination of such feme' covert, separate and
apart from her hushand, she acknowledged that she executed the deed without
fear or compulsion from any one. Laws of 1840, p. 167, sec. 4.
51. Mississippi. When in the state, deeds may be acknowledged, or
proved by one or more of the subscribing witnesses to them, before any judge of
the high court of errors and appeals, or a judge of the circuit courts, or
judge of probate, and certified by such judge; or before any notary public, or
clerk of any court of record. in this state, and certified by such notary or
clerk under the seal of his office; How. & Hutch. c. 34, s. 99, p. 868, Law
of .1833 ; or before any justice of that county, where the land, or any part
thereof, is situated; Ib. p. 343, s. 1 , Law of 1822; or before any, member of
the board of police, in his respective county. Ib. p. 445, c. 38, s. 50, Law of
52. When in another state or territory of the United States, such deeds
must be acknowledged, or proved as aforesaid, before a judge of the supreme
court or of the district courts of the United States, or before any judge of
the supreme or superior court of any state or territory in the Union; How.
& Hutch. 846) c. 34, s. 13, Law of 1832; or before and certified by any
judge of any inferior or county court of record, or before any justice of the
peace of the state or territory and county, wherein such person or witness or
witnesses may then be or reside, and authenticated by the certificate of the
clerk or register of the superior county or circuit court of such county, with
a seal of his office thereto affixed; or if taken before or certified by a
justice of the peace, shall be authenticated by the certificate of either the
clerk of the Said inferior or county court of record of such county, with the
seal of his office thereto affixed. Laws of Mississippi, Jan. 27, 1841, p.
53. When out of the United States, such acknowledgment, or proof as,
afore said, must be made before an court of law, or mayor, or other chief
magistrate of any city, borough or corporation of such foreign kingdom, state,
nation, or colony, in which the said parties or witnesses reside; certified by
the court, mayor, or chief magistrate, in a manner such acts are usually
authenticated by him. How. & Hutch, 346, c. 34, s. 14, Law of 1822.
54. When made by a feme covert, the certificate must state that she
made previous acknowledgment, on a private examination, apart from her hushand
before the proper officer, that she sealed and delivered the same as her act
and deed, freely, without any fear, threat or compulsion of her hushand. How.
& Hutch. 347, c. 34, s. 19, Law of 1822.
55. Missouri. In the state, before some court having a seal, or some
judge, justice or clerk thereof, or a justice of the peace in the county where
the land lies. Rev. Code, 1835, 8, p. 120.
56. Out of the state, but in the United States, before any court of the
United States, or of any state or territory, having a seal, or the clerk
thereof. Id. cl. 2.
57. Out of the United States, before any court of any state, kingdom or
empire having a seal, or the mayor of any city having an official seal.
58. Every court or officer taking the acknowledgment of such instrument
or relinquishment of dower or the deed of the wife of the hushand's land, shall
endorse a certificate thereof upon the instrument; when made before a court,
the certificate shall beunder its seal; if by a clerk, under his band and the
seal of the court; when before an officer having an official seal, under his
hand and seal; when by an officer having no seal, under his hand. The
certificate must state thatthe party was personally known to the judge or other
officer as the signer, or proved to be such by two credible witnesses. Misso.
St. 120-122 ; 2 Hill. Ab. 453; Griff. h. t.
59. When the acknowledgment is made by a feme covert, releasing her
dower, the certificate must statethat she is personally known to a judge of the
court, or the officer before whom the deed is acknowledged, or that, her
identity was proved by two credible witnesses; it must also state that she was
informed of the contents of the deed; that it was acknowledged separate and
apart from her hushand; that she releases her dower freely without compulsion
or undue conveyance of her own lands, the acknowledgment may be made before any
court authorized to take acknowledgments. It must be done as in the cases of
release of dower, and have a similar certificate. Ib.
60. New Hampshire. Before a justice of the peace or a notary public; and
the acknowledgment of a deed before a notary public in another state is good. 2
N. H. Rep. 420 2 Hill. Ab. c. 34, s. 61.
61. New Jersey. In the state, before the chancellor, a justice of the
supreme court of this state, a master in chancery, or a judge of any inferior
court of common pleas, whether in the same or a different county; Rev. Laws,
458, Act of June 7, 1799 ; or before a commissioner for taking the
acknowledgments or proofs of deeds, two of whom are appointed by the
legislature in each township, who are authorized to take acknowledgments or
proofs of deeds in any part of the state. Rev. Laws, 748, Act of June 5,
62. In another state or territory of the United States, before a judge
of the supreme court of the United States, or a district judge of the United
States, or any judge or justice of the supreme or superior court of any state
in the Union; Rev. Laws, 459, Act of June 7, 1799; or before a mayor or other
chief magistrate of any city in any other state or territory of the U. S., and
duly certified under the seal of such city; or before a judge of any, superior
court, or court of common pleas of any state or territory; when, taken before a
judge of a court of common pleas, it must be accompanied by a certificate under
the great seal of the state, or the seal of the county court in which it is
made, that he is such officer; Rev. Laws, 747, Act of June 5, 1820; or before a
commissioner appointed by the overnor, who resides in such state; Harr. Comp.
158, Act of December 27, 1826; two of whom may be appointed for each of the
States of New York and Pennsylvania. Elmer's Dig. Act of Nov. 3, 1836.
63. When made out of the United States, the acknowledgment may be before
any court of law, or mayor, – or other magistrate, of any city, borough or
corporation of a foreign kingdom, state, nation or colony, in which the party
or hiswitnesses reside, certified by the said court, mayor, or chief
magistrate, in the manner in which such acts are usually authenticated by him.
Rev. Laws, 459, Act of June 7, 1799. The certificate. in all cases must state
that the officer who makes it, first made known the contents of the deed to the
person making the acknowledgment, and that he was satisfied such person was the
grantor mentioned in the deed.Rev. Laws, 749, Act of June 5, 1820.
64. When the acknowledgment is made by a feme covert, the certificate
must state that on a private examination, apart from her hushand, before a
proper officer, (ut supra,) she acknowledged that she signed, sealed, and
delivered the deed, as her voluntary act and deed, freely, without any fear,
threats or compulsion of her hushand. Rev. Laws, 459, Act of June 7, 1799..
65. New York. Before the chancellor or justice of the supreme court,
circuit judge, supreme court commissioner, judge of the county court, mayor or
recorder of a city, or, commissioner of deeds; a couuty judge or commissioner
of deeds for a city or county, not to act out of the same.
66. When the party resides in another state, before a judge of the
United States, or a judge or justice of the supreme, superior or circuit court
of any state or territory of the United States, Within his own jurisdiction. By
a statute passed in 1840, chap. 290, the governor is authorized to appoint
commissioners in other states, to take the acknowledgment and proof of deeds
and other instruments.
67. When the party is in Europe or other parts of America, before a
resident minister or charge d'affaires of the United States; in France, before
the United States consul at Paris; in Russia, before the same officer at St.
Petershurg; in the British dominions, before the Lord Mayor of London, the
chief magistrate of Dublin, Edinburgh, or Liverpool, or the United States
consul at London. The certificate to be uuder the hand and official seal of
such officer. It may also be made before any person specially authorized by the
court of chancery of this state.
68. The officer must in all cases be satisfied of the identity of the
party, either from his own knowledge or from the oath or affirmation of a
witness, who is to be named in the certificate.
69. A feme covert must be privately examined; but if out of the state
this is unnecessary. 2 Hill. Ab. 434; Griff. Reg. h. t.
70. By the act passed April 7, 1848, it is provided, that: 1. The proof
or acknowledgment of auy deed or other written, instrument required to be
proved or acknowledged, inorder to entitle the same to be recorded or read in
evidence, when made by any person residing out of this state and within any
other state or territory of the United States, may be made before any officer
of such state or territory, authorized by the laws thereof to take the proof
and acknowdgment of deeds and when so taken and certified as by the act is
provided, shall be entitled to be recorded in any county in this state, and may
be read in evidence in any court iu this state, in the sae manner and with like
effect, as proofs and acknowledgments taken before auy of the officers now
authorized by law to take such proofs and acknowledgments: Provided that no
such acknowledgment shall be valid unless the officer taking the same shall
know or have satisfactory evidence that the person making such acknowledgment
is the individual described in, and who executed the deed or instrument.
71. – 2. To entitle any conveyance or other written instrument
acknowledged or proved under the preceding section, to be read in evidence or
recorded in this state, there shall be subjoined to the certificate of proof or
acknowledgment, signed by such officer, a certificate under the name and
official seal of the clerk or register of the county in which such officer
resides, specifying that such officer was at the time of taking such proof or
acknowledgment, duly authorized to take the same, and that such clerk or
register is well acquainted with the handwriting of such officer, and verily
believes that the signature to said certificate of proof and acknowledgment, is
72. North Carolina. The acknowledgment or proof of deeds for the
conveyance of lands, when taken or made in the state, must be before one of the
judges of the supreme court, or superior court, or in the court of the county
where the land lieth. 1 ltev. Stat. c. 37, s.. 1.
73. When in another state or territory of the United States, or the
District of Columbia, the deed must be acknowledged, or proved, before some one
of the judges of the superior courts of law, orcircuit courts of law of
superior jurisdiction, within the said state, &c., with a certificate of
the governor of the said state or territory, or of the secretary of state of
the United States, when in the District of Columbia, of the official character
of the judge; or before a commissioner appointed by the governor of this state
according to law. 1 Rev. Stat. c. 37, s. 5.
74. When out of the United States, the deeds must be acknowledged, or
proved, before the chief magistrate of some city, town, or corporation of the
countries where the said deeds were executed; or before some ambassador, publio
minister, consul, or commercial agent, with proper certificate under their
official seals; 1 Rev. Stat. c. 37 s. 6. and 7; or before a commissioner in
such foreign country, under a commission from the county court where the land
lieth. See. 8.
75. When acknowledged by a feme covert, the certificate must state that
she was privily examined by the proper officer, that she acknowledged the due
execution of the deed, and declared that she executed the same freely,
voluntarily, and without the fear or compulsion of her hushand, or any other
person, and, that she then assented thereto. When she is resident of another
county, or so infirm that she cannot travel to the judge, or county court, the
deed may be acknowledged by the hushand, or proved by witnesses, and a
commission in a prescribed form may be issued for taking the examination of the
wife. 1 Rev. Stat. c. 37, s. 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 13, and 14.
76. Ohio. In the state, deeds and other instruments affecting lands must
be acknowledged before a judge of the supreme court, a judge of the court of
common pleas, a justice of the peace, notary public, mayor, or other presiding
officer of an incorporated town or city. Ohio Stat. vol. 29, p. 346, Act of
February 22, 1831, which went in force June 1, 1831 Swan's Coll. L. 266, s.
77. When made out of the state, whether in another state or territory,
or out of the U. S., they must be acknowledged, or proved, according to the
laws of the state, territory or country, where they are executed, or according
to the laws of the state of Ohio. Swan's Coll. L. 265, 8. 5.
78. When made by a feme covert, the certificate must state that she was
examined by the officer, separate and apart from her hushand, and the contents
of the deed were fully made known to her; that she did declare upon such
separate examination, that she voluntarily sign, seal, and acknowledge the
same, and that she is still satisfied therewith.
79. Pennsylvania. Before a judge of the supreme court, or of the courts
of common pleas, the district courts, or before any mayor or alderman, or
justice of the peace of the commonwealth, or before the recorder of the city of
80. When made out of the state, and within the United States, the
acknowledgment may be before one of the judges of the supreme or district
courts of the United States, or before an one of the judges or justices of the
supreme or superior courts, or courts of common pleas of any state or territory
within the United States; and so certified under the hand of the said judge,
and the seal of the court. Conmmissioners appointed by the governor, residing
in either of the United States or of the District of Columbia, are also
authorized to take acknowledgment of deeds.
81. When made out of the United States, the acknowledgment may, be made
before any consul or vice-consul of the United States, duly appointed for and
exercising consular functions in the state, kingdom, country or place where
such an acknowledgment may be made, and certified under the public or official
seal of such consul or vice-consul of the United States. Act of January 16,
1827. By the act May 27th, 1715, s. 4, deeds made out of the province [state]
may be proved by the oath or solemn affirmation of one or more of the witnesses
thereunto, before one or more of the justices of the peace of this province
[state], or before any mayor or chief magistrate or officer of the cities,
towns or places, where such deed or conveyances are so proved. The proof must
be certified by the officer under the common or public seal of the cities,
towns, or places where such conveyances are so proved. But by construction it
is now established that a deed acknowledged before such officer is valid,
although the act declares it shall be proved. 1 Pet. R. 433.
82. The certificate of the acknowledgment of a feme covert must state,
1, that she is of full age; 2, that the contents of the instrument have been
made known to her; 3, that she has been examined separate and apart from her
hushand; and, 4, that she executed the deed of her own free will and accord,
without any coercion or compulsion of her hushand. It is the constant practice
of making the certificate, under seal, though if it be merely under the hand of
the officer, it will be sufficient. Act of Feb. 19, 1835.
83. By the act of the 16th day of April, 1840, entitled. "An act
incorporating the Ebenezer Methodist Episcopal congregation for the borough of
Reading, and for other purposes," Pamph. Laws, 357, 361, it is provided by 15,
"That any and every grant, bargain and sale, release, or other deed of
conveyance or assurance of any lands, tenements, or hereditaments in this
commonwealth, heretofore bona fide made, executed and delivered by hushand and
wife within any other of the United States, where the acknowledgmentof the
execution thereof has been taken, and certified by any officer or officers in
any of the states where made and executed, who, was, or were authorized by the
laws of such state to take and certify the acknowledgment of deeds of
conveyance of lands therein, shall be deemed and adjudged to be as good, valid
and effectual in law for transferring, passing and conveying the estate, right,
title and interest of such hushand and wife of, in, and to the lands; tenements
and hereditaments therein mentioned, and be in like manner entitled to be
recorded, as if the acknowledgment of the execution of the same deed had been
in the same and like way, manner and form taken and certified by any judge,
alderman, or justice of the peace, of and within this commonwealth. 16. That no
grant, bargain and sale, feoffment, deed of conveyance, lease, release,
assignment, or other assurance of any lands, tenements and hereditaments
whatsoever, heretofore bona fide made and executed by hushand and wife, and
acknowledged by them before some judge, justice of the peace, alderman, or
other officer authorized by law, within this state, or an officer in one of the
United States, to take such acknowledgment, or which may be so made, executed
and acknowledged as aforesaid, before the first day of January next, shall be
deemed, held or adjudged, invalid or, defective, or insufficient in law, or
avoided or prejudiced, by reason of any informality or omissiou in setting
forth the particulars of the acknowledgment made before such officer, as
aforesaid, in the certificate thereof, but all and every such grant, bargain
and sale, feoffment, deed of conveyance, lease, release, assigument or other
assurance so made, executed and acknowledged as aforesaid, shall be as good,
valid and effectual in law for transferring, passing and conveying the estate,
right, title and interest of such hushand and wife of, in, and to the lands,
tenements and hereditaments mentioned in the same, as if all the requisites and
particulars of such acknowledgment mentioned in the act, entitle an act for the
better confirmation of the estates of persons holding or claiming under feme
coverts, and for establishing a mode by which hushand and wife may hereafter
convey their estates, passed the twenty-fourth day of February, one thousand
seven hundred and seventy, were particularly set forth in the certificate
thereof, or appeared upon the face of the same."
84. By the act of the 3d day of April, 1840, Pamph. L. 233, it is
enacted, "That where any deed, conveyance, or other instrument of writing has
been or shall be made and executed, either within or out of this state, and the
acknowledgment or proof thereof, duly certified, by any officer under seal,
according to the existing laws of this commmonwealth, for the purpose of being
recorded therein, such certificate shall be deemed prima facie evidence of such
execution and acknowledgment, or proof, without requiring proof of the said
seal, as fully, to all intents and purposes, and with the same effect only, as
if the same had been so acknowledged or proved before any judge, justice of the
peace, or alderman within this commonwealth."
85. The act relating to executions and for other purposes, passed 16th
April, 1840, Pamph. L. 412, enacts, 7, " That the recorders of deeds shall have
authority to take the acknowledgment and proof of the execution of any deed,
mortgage, or other conveyance of any lands, tenements, or hereditaments lying
or being in the county, for which they are respectively appointed as recorders
of deeds, or within every city, district, or part thereof, or for any contract,
letter of attorney, or any other writing, under seal, to be used or recorded
within their respective counties and such acknowledgment or proof, taken or
made in the manner directed by the laws of this state, and certified by the
said recorder, under his hand and seal of office; which certificate shall be
endorsed or annexed to said deed or instrument aforesaid, shall have the same
force and effect, and be as good and available in law, for all purposes, as if
the same had been made or taken before any judge of the supreme court, or
president or associate judge of any of the courts of common pleas within this
86. Rhode Island. Before any senator, judge, justice of the peace, or
town clerk. When the acknowledgment is made in another state or country, it
must be before a judge, justice, mayor or, notary public therein, and
certifiedunder his hand and seal.
87. A wife releasing dower need not acknowledge the deed; but to a
conveyance an acknowledgment and private examination are necessary. 2 Hill. Ab.
c. 34, s. 94.
88. South Carolina. Before a judge of the supreme court. A feme covert
may release her dower or convey her own estate, by joining with her hushand in
a deed, and being privately examined, in the latter case, seven days
afterwards, before a judge of law or equity, or a justice of the quorum; she
may also release dower by a separate deed.
89. The certificate of the officer is under seal and signed by the
woman. Deeds may be proved upon the oath of one witness before a magistrate,
and this is said to be the general practice.
90. When the deed is to be executed out of the state, the justices of
the county where the land lies, or a judge of the court of common pleas, may by
dedimus empower two or more justices of the county where the grantor resides,
to tale his acknowledgment upon the oath of two witnesses to the execution. 2
Hill. Ab. 448, 9; Griff. Reg. b. t.
91.Tennessee. A deed or power of attorney to convey land must be
acknowledged or proved by two subscribing witnesses, in the court of the
county, or the court of the district where the land lies. The certificate of
acknowledgment must be endorsed upon the deed by the clerk of the court.
93. The ackiaowledgment of a feme covert is made. before a court of
record in the state, or, if the parties live out of it, before a court of
record iu another state or territory; and if the wife is unable to attend
court, the acknowledgment may be before commissioners empowered by the court of
the county in which the hushand acknowledges the commission to be returned
certified with the court seal, and recorded.
94. In all these cases the certificate must state that the wife has been
privately examined. The seal of the court is to be annexed when the deed is to
be used out of the state, when made in it, and vice. versa; in which case there
is to be a seal and a certificate of the presiding judge or justice to the
official station, of the clerk, and the due formality of the attestation. By
the statute of 1820, the acknowledgment in other states may be conformable to
the laws of the state, in which the grantor resides.
95. By the act of 1831, c, 90, s. 9, it is provided, that all deeds or
conveyances for land made without the limits of this state, shall be proved as
heretofore, or before a notary public under his seal of office. Caruthers &
Nicholson's Compilation of the Stat. of Tenn. 593.
96. The officer must certify that he is acquainted with the grantor, and
that he is an inhabitant of the state. There must also be a certificate of the
governor or secretary under the great seal, or a judge of the superior court
that the acknowledgment is in due form.Griff. Reg. h. t. ; 2 Hill. Ab. 458.
97. By an act passed during the session of 1839-1840, chap. 26, it is
enacted, 1. "That deeds of every description may be proved by two subscribing
witnesses, or acknowledged and recorded, and may then be read in, evidence. 2.
That deeds executed beyond the limits of the United States may be proved or
acknowledged before a notary public, or before any consul, minister, or
ambassador of the United States, or before a commissioner of the state. 3. That
the govornor may appoint commissioners in other states and in foreign countries
for the proof, &c. of deeds. 4. Affidavits taken as above, as to pedigree
or heirship, may be received as evidence, by executors or administrators, or in
regard to the partition and distribution of property or estates." See 2 Yerg.
91, 108, 238, 400, 520; 3 Yerg. 81; Cooke, 431.
98. Vermont. 1. All deeds and other conveyances of lands, or any estate
or interest therein, shall be signed and sealed by the party granting the same,
and signed by two or more witnesses, and acknowledged by the grantor, before a
justice of the peace. Rev. Stat. tit. 14, c. 6, s. 4.
99. Every deed by the hushand and wife shall contain an acknowledgment
by the wife, made apart from her hushand, before a judge of the supreme court,
a judge of the county court, or some justice of the peace, that she executed
such conveyance freely, and without any fear or compulsion of her hushand; a
certificate of which acknowledgment, so taken, shall be endorsed on the deed by
the, authority taking the same. Id. s. 7.
100. – 2. All deeds and other conveyances, and powers of attorney
for the conveyance of lands, the acknowledgment or proof of which shall have
been, or hereafter shall be taken without this state, if certified agreeably to
the laws of the state, province, or kingdom in which it was taken, shall be as
valid as though the same were taken before some proper officer or court, within
this state; and the proof of the same may be taken, and the same acknowledged
with like effect, before any justice of the peace, magistrate, or notary
public, within the United States, or in any foreign country, or before any
commissioner appointed for that purpose by the governor of this state, or
before any minister,cbarge d'affaires, or consul of the United States in any
foreign countryand the acknowledgment of a deed a feme in the form required by
covert, by this chapter may be taken by either of the said persons Id. 9.
101. Virginia. Before the general court, or the court of the district,
county, city, or corporation where some part of the land lies; when the party
lives out of the state or of the district or county where the land lies, the
acknowledgment may be before any court of law, or the chief magistrate of any
city, town, or corporation of the country where the party resides, and
certified by him in the usual form.
102. When a married woman executes the deed, she appears in court and is
examined privately by one of the judges, as to her freely signing the
instrument, and continuing satisfied with it, the deed being shown and
explained to her. She acknowledges the deed before the court, or else before
two justices of the county where she dwells, or the magistrate of a corporate
town, if she lives within the United States; these officers being empowered by
a commission from the clerk of the court where the deed, is to be recorded, to
examine her and to take her acknowledgment. If she is out of the United States,
the commission authorizes two judges or justices of any court of law, or the,
chief magistrate of any city, town, or corporation, in her county, and is
executed as by two justices in the United States.
103. The certificate is to be authenticated in the usual form. 2 Hill.
Ab. 444, 5; Griff. Reg. h. t.; 2 Leigh's R, 186; 2 Call. R. 103 ; 1 Wash. R.
ACQUETS, estates in the civil law. Property which has been
acquired by purchase, gift or otherwise than by succession. Merlin Rep. h. t.,
confines acquets to immovable property.
2. In Louisiana they embrace the profits of all the effects, of which
the hushand has the administration and enjoyment, either of right or in fact,
of the produce of the reciprocal industry and labor of both hushand and wife,
and of the estates which they may acquire during the marriage, either by
donations, made jointly to them both, or by purchase, or in any other similar
way, even although the purchase be only in the name of one of the two, and not
of both, because in that case the period of time when the purchase is made is
alone attended to, and not the person who made the purchase. Civ. Code, art.
3. This applies to all marriages contracted in that state, or out of it,
when the parties afterward go there to live, as to acquets afterward made
there.Ib. art. 2370.
4. The acquets are divided into two equal portions between the hushand
and wife, or between their heirs at the dissolution of their marriage. Ib. art.
5. "The Parties may, however, lawfully stipulate there shall be no
community of profits or gains. Ib. art. 2369.
6. But the parties have no right to agree that they shall be governed by
the laws of another country.' 3 Martin's Rep. 581. Vide 17 Martin's Rep. 571 2
Kent's Com. 153, note.
ACQUIESCENCE, contracts. The consent which is impliedly given by
one or both parties, to a proposition, a clause, a condition, a judgment, or to
any act whatever.
2. When a party is bound to elect between a paramount right and a
testamentary disposition, his acquiescence in a state of things which indicates
an election, when he was aware of his rights will be prima facie evidence of
such election. Vide 2 Ves. Jr. 371; 12 Ves. 136 1 Ves. Jr. 335; 3 P. Wms. 315.
2 Rop. Leg. 439.
3. The acts of acquiescence which constitute an implied election, must
be decided rather by the circumstances of each case than by any general
principle. 1 Swanst. R. 382, note, and the numerous cases there cited.
4. Acquiescence in the acts of an agent, or one who has assumed that
character, will, be equivalent to an express authority. 2 Bouv. Inst. n. 1309;
Kent, Com. 478; Story on Eq. 255; 4 W. C. C. R. 559; 6 Miss. R. 193; 1 John.
Cas. 110; 2 John. Cas. 424 Liv. on Ag. 45; Paley on, Ag. by Lloyd, 41 Pet. R.
69, 81; 12 John. R. 300; 3 Cowen's R. 281; 3 Pick. R. 495, 505; 4 Mason's R.
296. Acquiescence differs from assent. (q. v.)
ACQUIETANDIS PLEGIIS, obsolete. A writ of justices, lying, for
the surety against a creditor, who refuses to acquit him after the debt has
been satisfied. Reg. of Writs, 158; Cowell; Blount.
TO ACQUIRE, descents, contracts. To make property one's own.
2. Title to property is acquired in two ways, by descent, (q. v.) and by
purchase, (q. v.) Acquisition by purchase, is either by, 1. Escheat. 2.
Occupancy. 3. Prescription. 4. Forfeiture. 5. Alienation, which is either by
deed or by matter of record. Things which cannot be sold, cannot be
ACQUISITION, property, contracts, descent. The act by which the
person procures the property of a thing.
2. An acquisition, may be temporary or Perpetual, and be procured either
for a valuable consideration, for example, by buying the same; or without
consideration, as by gift or descent.
3. Acquisition may be divided into original and derivative. Original
acquisition is procured by occupancy, 1 Bouv. Inst. n. 490; 2 Kent. Com. 289;
Menstr. Leg. du Dr. Civ. Rom. 344 ; by accession, 1 Bouv. Inst. n. 499; 2
Kent., Com. 293; by intellectual labor, namely, for inventions, which are
secured by patent rights and for the authorship of books, maps, and charts,
which is protected by copyrights. 1. Bouv. Inst. n. 508.
4. Derivative acquisitions are those which are procured. from others,
either by act of law, or by act of the parties. Goods and chattels may change
owners by act of law in the cases of forfeiture, succession, marriage,
judgment, insolvency, and intestacy. And by act of the parties, by gift or
sale. Property may be acquired by a man himself, or by those who are in his
power, for him; as by his children while minors; 1 N. Hamps. R. 28; 1 United
States Law Journ. 513 ; by his apprentices or his slaves. Vide Ruth. Inst. ch.
6 & 7; Dig. 41, 1, 53; Inst. 2,9; Ib. 2,9,3.
ACQUITTAL, contracts. A release or discharge from an obligation
or eng agement. According to Lord Coke there are three kinds of acquittal,
namely; 1, By deed, when the party releases the obligation; 2, By prescription;
3, By tenure.Co. Lit. 100, a.
ACQUITTAL, crim. law practice. The absolution of a party
charged with a crime or misdemeanor.
2. Technically speaking, acquittal is – the absolution of a party
accused on a trial before a traverse jury. 1 N. & M. 36; 3 M'Cord, 461.
3. Acquittals are of two kinds, in fact and in law. The former takes
place when the jury upon trial finds a verdict of not guilty; the latter when a
man is charged merely as an accessary, and the principal has been acquitted. 2
Inst. 384. An acquittal is a bar to any future prosecution for the offence
alleged in the first indictment.
ACQUITTANCE, contracts. An agreement in writing to discharge a
party from an engagement to pay a sum of money. it is evidence of payment. It
differs from a release in this, that the latter must be under seal, while an
acquittance need not be under seal. Poth. Oblig. n. 781. In Pennsylvania, a
receipt, (q. v.) though not under seal, has nearly the same effect as a
release. 1 Rawle, R. 391. Vide 3 Salk. 298, pl. 2; Off. of Ex. 217 ; Co. Litt.
212 a, 273 a.
ACRE, measures. A quantity of land containing in length forty
perches, and four in breadth, or one hundred and sixty square perches, of
whatever shape may be the land. Serg. Land Laws of Penn., 185. See Cro. Eliz.
476, 665; 6 Co. 67; Poph. 55; Co. Litt. 5, b, and note 22.
ACREDULITARE, obsolete. To purge one's self of an offence by
oath. It frequently happens that when a person has been arrested for a
contempt, he comes into court and purges himself, on oath, of having intended
any contempt. Blount, Leges. Inac. c. 36.
ACT, civil law, contracts. A writing which states in a legal
form that a thing has been said, done, or agreed. In Latin, Instrumentum. Merl.
ACT. In the legal sense, this word may be used to signify the
result of a public deliberation, the decision of a prince, of a legislative
body, of a council, court of justice, or a magistrate. Also, a decree, edict,
law, judgment, resolve, award, determination. Also, an instrument in writing to
verify facts, as act of assembly, act of congress, act of parliament, act and
deed. See Webster's Dict. Acts are civil or criminal, lawful or unlawful,
public or private.
2. Public acts, usually denominated authentic, are those which have a
public authority, and which have been made before public officers, are
authorized by a public seal, have been made public by the authority of a
magistrate, or which have been extracted and been properly authenticated from
3. Acts under private signature are those which have been made by
private individuals, under their hands. An act of this kind does not acquire
the force of an authentic act, by being registered in the office of a notary. 5
N. S. 693; 8 N. S. 568 ; 3 L. R. 419 ; 8 N. S. 396 ; 11 M. R. 243; unless it
hasheen properly acknowledged before the officer, bythe parties to it. 5 N. S.
4. Private acts are those made by private persons, as registers in
relation to their receipts and expenditures, schedules, acquittances, and the
like. Nov. 73, c. 2 ; Code, lib. 7, tit. 32, 1. 6; lib. 4, t. 21; Dig. lib. 22,
tit.. 4; Civ. Code of Louis. art. 2231 to 2254; Toull. Dr. Civ. Francais, tom.
8, p. 94.
ACT, evidence. The act of one of several conspirators, performed
in pursuance of the common design, is evidence against all of them. An overt
act of treason must be proved by two witnesses. See Overt.
2. The terra. acts, includes written correspondence, and other papers
relative to the design of the parties, but whether it includes unpublished
writings upon abstract questions, though of a kindred nature, has been doubted,
Foster's Rep. 198 ; 2 Stark. R. 116, 141.
3. In cases of partnership it is a rule that the act or declaration of
either partner, in furtherance of the common object of the association, is the
act of all. 1 Pet. R. 371 5 B. & Ald. 267.
4. And the acts. of an agent, in pursuance of his authority, will be
binding on his principal. Greenl. Ev. 113. ACT, legislation. A statute or law
made by a legislative body; as an act of congress is a law by the congress of
the United States; an act of assembly is a law made by a legislative assembly.
If an act of assembly expire or be repealed while a proceeding under it is in
fieri or pending, the proceeding becomes abortive; as a prosecution for an
offence, 7 Wheat. 552; or a proceeding under insolvent laws. 1 Bl. R. 451;
Burr. 1456 ; 6 Cranch, 208 ; 9 Serg. & Rawle, 283.
2. Acts are general or special; public or private. A general or public
act is a universal rule which binds the whole community; of which the courts
are bound to take notice ex officio.
3. Explanatory acts should not be enlarged by equity Blood's case, Comb.
410; although such acts may be allowed to have a retrospective operation.
Dupin, Notions de Droit, 145. 9.
4. Private or special acts are rather exceptions, than rules; being
those which operate only upon particular persons and private concerns; of these
the courts are not bound to take notice, unless they are pleaded. Com. 85, 6; 1
Bouv. Inst. n. 105.
ACT IN PAIS. An act performed out of court, and not a matter of
record. Pais, in law French, signifies country. A deed or an assurance
transacted between two or more private persons in the country is matter in
pais. 2 Bl. Com. 294.
ACT OF BANKRUPTCY. An act which subjects a person to be
proceeded against as a bankrupt. The acts of bankruptcy enumerated in the late
act of congress, of 19th Aug. 1841, s. 1, are the following: 1. Departure from
the state, district, or territory of which a person, subject to the operation
of the bankrupt laws, is an inhabitant, with intent to defraud his creditors.
See, as to what will be considered a departure, 1 Campb. R. 279; Dea. &
Chit. 4511 Rose, R. 387 9 Moore, R. 217 2 V. & B. 177; 5 T. R. 512; 1 C.
& P. 77; 2 Bini,. R. 99; 2 Taunt. 176; Holt, R. 175.
2. Concealment to avoid being arrested. 1 M. & S. 676 ; 2 Rose, R.
137; 15 Ves. 4476 Taunt. R. 540; 14 Ves. 86 Taunt. 176;1 Rose, R. 362; 5 T. R.
512; 1 Esp. 334.
3. Willingly or fraudulently procuring himself to be arrested, or his
goods and chattels, lands, or tenements to be attached, distrained,
sequestered, or taken in execution.
4. Removal of his goods, chattels and effects, or concealment of them to
prevent their being levied upon, or taken in execution, or by other
5. Making any fraudulent conveyance, assignment, sale, gift, or other
transfer of his lands, tenements, goods, or chattels, credits, or evidences of
debt. 15 Wend. R. 588; 5 Cowen, R. 67; 1 Burr. 467, 471, 481; 4 C. & P.
315; 18 Wend. R. 375; 19 Wend. R. 414; 1 Dougl. 295; 7 East, 137 16 Ves. 149;
17 – Ves. 193; 1 Smith R. 33; Rose, R. 213.
ACT OF GOD, in contracts. This phrase denotes those accidents
which arise from physical causes, and which cannot be prevented.
2. Where the law casts a duty on a party, the performance shall be
excused, if it be rendered impossible by the act of God; but where the party,
byhis own contract, engages to do an act, it is deemed to be his own fault and
folly that he did not thereby provide against contingencies, and exempt himself
from responsibilities in certain events and in such case, (that is, in the
instance of an absolute general contract the performance is not excused by an
inevitable accident, or other contingency, although not foreseen by, nor within
the control of the party. Chitty on Contr. 272, 8; Aleyn, 27, cited by
Lawrence; J. in 8 T. R. 267; Com. Dig. Action upon the Case upon Assumpsit, G;
6 T. R. 650 ; 8 T. R. 259; 3 M. & S. 267 ; 7 Mass. 325; 13 Mass. 94; Co.
Litt. 206; Com. Dig. Condition, D 1, L 13; 2 Bl. Com. 340; 1 T. R. 33; Jones on
Bailm 104, 5 ; 1 Bouv. Inst. n. 1024.
3. Special bail are discharged when the defendant dies, Tidd, 243 ;
actus Dei nemini facit injuriam being a maxim of law, applicable in such case;
but if the defendant die after the return of the case and before it is filed,
the bail are fixed. 6 T. R. 284; 6 Binn. 332, 338. It is, however, no ground
for an exoneratur, that the defendant has become deranged since the suit was
brought, and is confined in a hospital. 2 Wash. C. C. R. 464, 6 T. It. 133 Bos.
& Pull. 362 Tidd, 184. Vide 8 Mass. Rep. 264; 3 Yeates, 37; 2 Dall. 317; 16
Mass. Rep. 218; Stra. 128; 1 Leigh's N, P. 508; 11 Pick. R. 41; 2 Verm. R. 92;
2 Watt's Rep. 443. See generally, Fortuitous Event; Perils of the Sea.
ACT OF GRACE, Scotch law. The name by which the statute which
provides for the aliment of prisoners confined for civil debts, is usually
2. This statute provides that where a prisoner for debt declares upon
oath, before the magis trate of the jurisdiction, that he has not wherewith to
maintain himself, the magistrate may set him it liberty, if the creditor, in
consequence of whose diligence he was imprisoned, does not aliment him within
ten days after intimation for that purpose. 1695, c. 32; Ersk. Pr. L. Scot. 4,
3, 14. This is somewhat similar to a provision in the insolvent act of
ACT 0F LAW. An event which occurs in consequence of some
principle of law. If, for example, land out of which a rent charge has been
granted, be recovered by an elder title, and thereby the rent charge becomes
avoided; yet the grantee, shall have a writ of annuity, because the rent charge
is made void by due course or act of law, it, being a actus legis nemini est
damnosus. 2 Inst. 287.
ACT OF MAN. Every man of sound mind and discretion is bound by
his own acts, and the law does not permit him to do any thing against it; and
all acts are construed most strongly against him who does them. Plowd. 140.
2. A man is not only bound by his own acts, but by those of others who
act or are presumed to act by his authority, and is responsible civilly in all
such cases; and, in some cases, even when there is but a presumption of
authority, he may be made responsible criminally; for example, a bookseller may
be indicted for publishing a libel which has been sold in his store, by his
regular salesmen, although he may possibly have had no knowledge of it.
ACTIO BONAE FIDEI, civil law. An action of good faith.
ACTIO COMMODATI CONTRARIA. The name of an action in the civil
law, by the borrower against the lender, to compel the execution of the
contract. Poth. Pret Usage, n. 75.
ACTIO COMMODATI DIRECTA. In the civil law, is the name of an
action, by a lender against a borrower, the principal object of which is to
obtain restitution of the thing lent. Poth. Pret. 5, Usage, n. 65, 68.
ACTIO CONDICTIO INDEBITI. The name of an action in the civil
law, by which the plaintiff recovers the amount of a sum of money or other
thing be paid by mistake. Poth. Promutuum, n. 140. See Assumpsit.
ACTIO EXCONDUCTIO, civil law. The name of an action which the
bailor of a thing for hiremay bring against the bailee, in order to compel him
to redeliver the thing hired. Poth. du Contr. de Louage, n. 59.
ACTIO DEPOSITI CONTRARIA. The name, of an action in the civil
law which the depositary has against the depositor to compel him to fulfil his
engagement towards him. Poth. Du Depot, la. 69.
ACTIO DEPOSITI DIRECTA. the civil law, this is the name of an
action which is brought by the depositor against the depositary, in order to
get back the, thing deposited. Poth. Du Depot, n. 60.
ACTIO JUDICATI, civil law. Was an action instituted, after four
months had elapsed after the rendition of judgment, in which the judge issued
his warrant to seize, first, the movables, which were sold within eight days
afterwards; and then the immovables, which were delivered in pledge to the
creditors, or put under the care of a curator, and, if at the end of two
mouths, the debt was not paid, the land was sold. Dig. 42, t. 1. – Code,
ACTIO NON, pleading. After stating the appearance and defence,
special pleas begin with this allegation, "that the said plaintiff ought not to
have or maintain his aforesaid action thereof against him," actio non habere
debet. This is technically termed the actio non. 1 Ch. Plead. 531 2 Ch. Plead.
421 ; Steph. Plead. 394.
ACTIO NON ACCREVIT INFRA SEX ANNOS. The name of a plea to the
statute of limitations when the defendant insists that the plaintiff's action
has not accrued within six years. It differs from non assumpsit in this: non
assumpsit is the proper plea to an action on a simple contract, when the action
accrues on the promise but when it does not accrue on the promise but
subsequently to it, the proper plea is actio non accrevit, &c. Lawes, Pl.
in Ass. 733; 5 Binn. 200, 203; 2 Salk. 422; 1 Saund. Rep. 83 n. 2; 2 Saund, 63,
b; 1 Sell. N.P. 121.
ACTIO PERSONALIS MIORITUR CUM PERSONA. That a personal action
dies with the person, is an ancient and uncontested maxim. But the term
personal action, requires explanation. In a large sense all actions except
those for the recovery of real property may be called personal. This definition
would include contracts for the payment of money, which never were supposed to
die with the person. See 1 Saund. Rep. 217, note 1.
2. The maxim must therefore be taken in a more restricted meaning. It
extends to all wrongs attended with actual force, whether the affect the person
or property and to all injuries to the person only, though without actual
force. Thus stood originally the common law, in which an alteration was made by
the statute 4 Ed. III. c. 7, which gave an action to an executor for an injury
done to the personal property of his testator in his lifetime, which was
extended to the executor of an executor, by statute of 25 Ed. III. c. 5. And by
statute 31 Ed. III. c. 11, administrators have the same remedy as
3. These statutes received a liberal construction from the judges, but
they do not extend to injuries to the person of the deceased, nor to his
freehold. So that no action lies by an executor or administrator for an assault
and battery of the deceased, or trespass, vi et armis on his land, or for
slander, because it is merely a personal injury. Neither do they extend to
actions against executors or administrators for wrongs committed by the
deceased. 13 S. 184; Cowp. 376; 1 Saund. 216, 217, n. 1; Com. Dig 241, B 13; 1
Salk. 252; 6 S. & R. 272; W. Jones, 215.
4. Assumpsit may be maintained by executors or administrators, in those
cases where an injury has been done to the personal, property of the deceased,
and he might in his lifetime have waived the tort and sued in assumpsit. 1
Bay's R. 61; Cowp. 374; 3 Mass. 321; 4 Mass. 480; 13 Mass. 272; 1 Root, 2165.
An action for a breach of a promise of marriage cannot be maintained by an
executor, 2 M. & S. 408; nor against 13 S. & R. 183; 1 Picker. 71;
unless, perhaps, where the plaintiff's testator sustained special damages. 13
S. & R. 185. See further 12.S. & R. 76; 1 Day's Cas. 180; Bac. Abr.
Ejectment, H11 Vin. Abr. 123; 1 Salk. 314; 2 Ld. Raym. 971 1 Salk. 12 Id. 295;
Cro. Eliz. 377, 8 1 Str. 60 Went. Ex. 65; 1 Vent. 176 id. so; 7 Serg. & R.
183; 7 East, 134-6 1 Saund. 216, a, n. 1; 6 Mass. 394; 2 Johns. 227; 1 Bos.
& Pull. 330, n. a.; 1 Chit. Pi. 86; 3 Bouv. Inst. n. 2750; this Dictionary,
tit. actions; Death; Parties to actions; Survivor.
ACTIO PRO SOCIO. In the civil law, is the name of an action by
which either partner could compel his co-partners to perform their social
contract. Poth. Contr. de Societe, n. 134.
ACTION. Conduct, behaviour, something done. Nomen actionis
latissime patere vulgo notum est ac comprehenders omnem omnino viventis
operationem quae passioni opponitur. Vinnius, Com. lib. 4, tit. 6. De
2. Human actions have been divided into necessary actions, or those over
which man has no control; and into free actions, or such as he can control at
his pleasure. As man is responsible only when he exerts his will, it is clear
lie can be punished only for the Iatter.
3. Actions are also divided into positives and negative the former is
called an act of commision the latter is the omission of something which ought
to be done, and is called an act of omission. A man may be responsible as well
for acts of omission, as for acts of commission.
4. Actions are voluntary and involuntary. The former are performed
freely and without constraint – the latter are performed not by choice,
against one's will or in a manner independent of the will. In general a man is
not responsible for his involuntary actions. Yet it has been ruled that if a
lunatic hurt a man, he shall be answerable in trespass, although, if he kill a
man, it is not felony. See Hob. Rep. 134; Popham, 162; Pam. N. P. 68. See also
ACTION, French com. law. Stock in a coompany, shares in a
ACTION, in practice. Actio nihil aliud est, quam jus persequendi
in judicio quod sibi debetur. Just. Inst. Lib. 4, tit. 6; Vinnius, Com. Actions
are divided into criminal and civil. Bac. Abr. Actions, A. 2. – 1. A
criminal action is a prosecution in a court of justice in the name of the
government, against one or more individuals accused of a crime. See 1 Chitly's
1. – 2. A civil action is a legal demand of one's right, or it is
the form given by law for the recovery of that which is due. Co. Litt. 285; 3
Bl. Com. 116; 9 Bouv. Inst. n. 2639; Domat. Supp. des Lois Civiles, liv. 4,
tit. 1, No. 1; Poth. Introd. generale aux Coutumes, 109; 1 Sell. Pr. Introd. s.
4, p. 73. Ersk. Princ. of Scot. Law, B. 41 t. 1. 1. Till judgment the writ is
properly called an action, but not after, and therefore, a release of all
actions is regularly no bar of all execution. Co. Litt. 289 a; Roll. Ab. 291.
They are real, personal and mixed. An action is real or personal, according as
realty or personalty is recovered; not according to the nature of the defence.
Willes' Rep. 134.
4. – 1. Real actions are those brought for the specific recovery of
lands, tenements, or hereditaments. Steph. PI. 3. They are either droitural,
when the demandant seeks to recover the property; or possessory when he
endeavors to obtain the possession. Finch's Law, 257, 8. See Bac. Abr. Actions,
A, contra. Real Actions are, 1st. Writs of right; 2dly, Writs of entry, which
lie in the per, the per et cui, or the post, upon disseisin, intrusion. or
alienation. 3dly. Writs ancestral possessory, as Mort d' ancester, aid,
besaiel, cosinage, or Nuper obiit. Com. Dig. Actions, D 2. By these actions
formerly all disputes concerning real estate, were decided; but now they are
pretty generally laid aside in practice, upon account of the great nicety
required in their management, and the inconvenient length of their process; a
much more expeditious, method of trying titles being since introduced by other
actions, personal and mixed. 3 Bl. Com. 118. See Booth on Real Actions.
5. – 2. Personal actions are those brought for the specific
recovery of goods and chattels; or for damages or other redress for breach of
contract, or other injuries, of whatever description; the specific recovery of
lands, tenements, and hereditaments only excepted. Steph. PI. 3; Com. Dig.
Actions, D 3; 3 Bouv. Inst. n. 2641. Personal actions arise either upon
contracts, or for wrongs independently of contracts. The former are account,
assumpsit, covenant, debt, and detinue; see these words. In Connecticut and
Vermont there is, an action used which is peculiar to those states, called the
action of book debt. 2 Swift's Syst. Ch. 15. The actions for wrongs, injuries,
or torts, are trespass on the case, replevin, trespass, trover. See these
words, and see Actio personalis moritur cum persona.
6. – 3. Mixed actions are such as appertain, in some degree, to
both the former classes, and, therefore, are properly reducible to neither of
them, being brought for the specific recovery of lands, tenements, or
hereditaments, and for damages for injury sustained in respect of such
property. Steph. Pl. 3; Co. Litt. 284, b; Com. Dig. Actions, D 4. Every mixed
action, properly so called, is also a real action. The action of ejectment is a
personal action, and formerly, a count for an assault and battery might be
joined with a count for the recovery of a term of Years in land.
7. Actions are also divided into those which are local and such as are
1. A local action is one in which the venue must still be laid in the
county, in which the cause of action actually arose. The locality of actions is
founded in some cases, on common law principles, in others on the statute
8. Of those which continue local, by the common law, are, lst, all
actions in which the subject or thing to be recovered is in its nature local.
Of this class are real actions, actions of waste, when brought on the statute
of Gloucester, (6 Edw. I.) to recover with the damages, the locus in quo or
place wasted; and actions of ejectment. Bac. Abr. Actions Local, &c. A, a;
Com. Dig. Actions, N 1; 7 Co. 2 b; 2 Bl. Rep. 1070. All these are local,
because they are brought to recover the seisin or possession of lands or
tenements, which are local subjects.
9. – 2dly. Various actions which do not seek the direct recovery of
lands or tenements, are also local, by the common law; because they arise out
of some local subject, or the violation of some local right or interest. For
example, the action of quare impedit is local, inasmuch as the benefice, in the
right of presentationto which the plaintiff complains of being obstructed, is
so. 7 Co. 3 a; 1 Chit. PI. 271; Com. Dig. Actions, N 4. Within this class of
cases are also many actions in which only pecuniary damages are recoverable.
Such are the common law action of waste, and trespass quare clausum fregit; as
likewise trespass on the case for injuries affecting things real, as for
nuisances to houses or lands; disturbance of rights of way or of common;
obstruction or diversion of ancient water courses, &c. 1 Chit. Pl. 271;
Gould on Pl. ch. 3, 105, 106, 107. The action of replevin, also, though it lies
for damages only, and does not arise out of the violation of any local right,
is nevertheless local. 1 Saund. 347, n. 1. The reason of its locality appears
to be the necessity of giving a local description of the taking complained of.
Gould on PI. ch. 3, 111. A scire facias upon a record, (which is an action, 2
Term Rep. 46,) although to some intents, a continuation of the original suit, 1
Term Rep. 388, is also local.
10. – 2. Personal actions which seek nothing more than the recovery
of money or personal chattels of any kind, are in most cases transitory,
whether they sound in tort or in contract; Com. Dig. Actions, N 12; 1 Chit. PI.
273; because actions of this class are, in most instances, founded on the
violation of rights which, in contemplation of law, have no locality. 1 Saund.
241, b, note 6. And it will be found true, as a general position, that actions
ex delicto, in which a mere personalty is recoverable, are, by the common law,
transitory;except when founded upon, or arising out of some local subject.
Gould on Pl. ch. 3, 112. The venue in a transitory action may be laid in any
county which the plaintiff may prefer. Bac. Abr. Actions Local, &c. A.
11. In the civil law actions are divided into real, personal, and mixed.
A real action, according to the civil law, is that which he who is the owner of
a thing, or, has a right in it, has against him who is in possession of it, to
compel him to give up the plaintiff, or to permit him to enjoy the right he has
in it. It is a right which a person has in a thing, follows the thing, and may
be instituted against him who possesses it; and this whether the thing be
movable or immovable and, in the sense of the common law, whether the thing be
real or personal. See Domat, Supp. des Lois Civiles, Liv. 4, tit. 1, n. 5;
Pothier, Introd. Generales aux Coutumes 110; Ersk. Pr. Scot. Law, B. 4, t. 1,
12. A personal action is that which a creditor has against his debtor,
to compel him to fulfil his engagement. Pothier, lb. Personal actions are
divided into civil actions and criminal actions. The former are those which are
instituted to compel the payment or to do some other thing purely civil the
latter are those by which the plaintiff asks the reparation of a tort or injury
which he or those who belong to him have sustained. Sometimes these two kinds
of actions are united when they assume the name of mixed personal actions.
Domat, Supp. des Lois Civiles, Liv. 4, tit. 1, n. 4; 1 Brown's Civ. Law,
13. Mixed actions participate both of personal and real actions. Such
are the actions of partition, and to compel the parties to put down landmarks
or boundaries. Domat, ubi supra.
ACTION AD EXHIBENDUM, civil law. This was an action instituted
for the purpose of compelling the defendant to exhibit a thing or title, in his
power. It was preparatory to another action, which was always a real action in
the sense of the Roman law, that is, for the recovery of a thing, whether it
was movable or immovable. Merl. Quest. de Dr. tome i. 84. This is not unlike a
bill of discovery. (q. v.)
ACTION OF ADHERENCE, Scotch law. An action competent to a
hushand or Wife to compel either party to adhere in case of desertion.
ACTION OF BOOK DEBT. The name of an action in Connecticutand
Vermont, resorted to for the purpose of recovering payment for articles usually
charged on book. 1 Day, 105; 4 Day, 105; 2 Verm, 66. See 1 Root, 59; 1 Conn.
75; Kirby, 89; 2 Robt, 130; 11 Conn. 205.
ACTION. REDHIBITORY, civil law. An action instituted to avoid a
sale on account of some Vice or defect in the thing sold which readers it
either absolutely useless, or its use so inconvenient and, imperfect, that it
must be, supposed the buyer would not have purchased it, had he known of the
vice. Civ. Code of Louis. art. 2496.
ACTION OF A WRIT. This phrase is used when one pleads some
matter by which he shows that the plaintiff had no cause to have the writ which
he brought, and yet he may have a writ or action for the same matter. Such a
plea is called: a plea to the action of the writ, whereas if it should appear
by the plea that the plaintiff has no cause to have action for the thing
demanded, then it is called a plea to the action. Termes de la ley.
ACTIONS ORDINARY. Scotch law. By this term is understood all
actions not recissory. Ersk. Pr. L. Scot. 4, 1, 5.
ACTIONS RESCISSORY, Scotch law. Are divided into, 1, Actions of
proper improbation; 2, Actions of reduction-improbation; 3, Actions of simple
reduction. Ersk. Pr. L. Scot. 4 1, 5,
2. – 1. Proper improbation is an action brought for declaring
writing false or forged.
3. – 2. Reduction-improbation is an action whereby a person who may
be hurt, or affected by a writing, insists for producing or exhibiting it in
court, in order to have it set aside or its effects ascertained, under the
certification, that the writing if not produced, shall be declared false and
4. – 3. In an action of simple reduction, the certification is only
temporary, declaring the writings called for, null, until they be produced; so
that they recover their full force after their production. Ib. 4, 1, 8.
ACTIONARY. A commercial term used among foreigners, to signify
ACTIONES NOMINATAE. Formerly the English courts of chancery
would make no writs when there was no precedent, and the cases for which there
were precedents were called actiones nominatoe. The statute of Westm. 2, c. 24,
gave chancery authority to form new writs in consimili casu. Hence arose the
action on the case. Bac. Ab. Court of Chancery, A; 17, Serg. R. 195.
ACTIVE. The opposite, of passive. We say active debts, or debts
due to us; passive debts are those we owe.
ACTON BURNELL. Statute of Vide de Mercatoribus. Cruise, Dig.
tit. 14, s. 6.
ACTOR, practice. 1. A plaintiff or complainant. 2. He on whom
the burden of proof lies. In actions of replevin both parties are said to be
actors. The proctor or advocate in the courts of the civil law, was called
ACTS OF COURT. In courts of admiralty, by this phrase is
understood legal memoranda of the nature of pleas. For example, the English
court of admiralty disregards all tenders, except those formally made by acts
of court. Abbott on Ship. pi. 3, c. 10, 2, p. 403; 4 Rob. R. 103; 1 Hagg. R.
157; Dunl. Adm. Pr. 104, 6.
ACTS OF SEDERUNT. In the laws of Scotland, are ordinances for
regulating the forms of proceeding, before the court of session, in the
administration of justice, made by the judges, who have a delegated power from
the legislature for that purpose. Ersk. Pr. L. Scot. B. 1, t. 1, s. 14.
ACTUAL. Real; actual.
2. Actual notice. One which has been expressly given by which knowledge
of a fact hos been brought home to a party directly ; it is opposed to
3. Actual admissions. Those which are expressly made; they are plenary
or partial. 4 Bouv. Inst. n. 4405.
4. An actual escape takes place when a prisoner in fact gets out of
prison, and unlawfull regains his liberty. Vide Escape.
ACTUARIUS. An ancient name or appellation of a notary.
ACTUARY. A clerk in some corporations vested with various
powers. In the ecclesiastical law he is a clerk who registers the acts and
constitutions of the convocation.
ACTUS. A foot way and horse way. Vide Way.
AD DAMNUM, pleading. To the damage. In all personal and mixed
actions, with the exception of actions of debt qui tam, where the plaintiff has
sustained no damages, the declaration concludes ad damnum. Archb. Civ. Pl.
AD DIEM. At the day, as a plea of payment ad diem, on the day
when the money became due. See Solvit ad diem, and Com. Dig. Pleader, 2 W.
AD INQUIRENDUM, practice. A judicial writ, commanding inquiry to
be made of any thing relating to a cause depending in court.
AD INTERIM. In the mean time. An officer is sometimes appointed
ad interim, when the principal officer is absent, or for some cause incapable
of acting for the time. AD LARGUM. At large; as, title at large, assize at
large. See Dane's Abr. ch. 144,
AD QUEM. A Latin expression which signifies to which, in the
computation of time or distance, as the day ad quem. The last day of the term,
is always computed. See A quo.
QUOD DAMNUM, Eng. law. The name of a writ issuing out of and
returnable into chancery, directed to the sheriff, commanding him to inquire by
a jury 'What damage it will be to the king, or any other, to grant a liberty,
fair, market, highway, or the like.
AD SECTAM. At the suit of, commonly abbreviated ads. It isusual
in filing pleas, and other papers, for a defendant, instead of putting the name
of the plaintiff first, as Peter v. Paul to put his own first, and instead of
v. to put ads., as Paul ads. Peter.
AD TERMINUM QUI PRETERIIT. The name of a writof entry which lay
for the lessor or his heirs, when a lease had been made of lands or tenements,
for term of life or years, and, after the term had expired, the lands were
withheld from the lessor by the tenant, or other person possessing the same. F.
N. B. 201. The remedy now applied for holdiug over (q, v.) is by ejectment, or
under local regulations, by summary prooceedings.
AD TUNC ET IBIDEM. That part of an indictment, where it is
stated that the object-matter of the crime or offence " then and there being
found," is technically so called. N. C. Term R. 93; Bac. Ab. Indictment, G
AD VITAM AUT CULPAM. An office to be so held as to determine
only by the death or delinquency of the possessor; in other words it is held
quam diu se benegesserit.
AD VALOREM. According to the value. This Latin term is used in
commerce in reference to certain duties, called ad valorem duties, which are
levied on commodities at certain rates per centum on their value. See Duties;
Imposts; Act of Cong. of March 2, 1799, s. 61 of March 1, 1823 s. 5.
ADDITION. Whatever is added to a man's name by way of title, as
additions of estate, mystery, or place. 10 Went. Plead. 871; Salk. 6; 2 Lord
Ray. 988; :1 WUS. 244, 5.
2. Additions of an estate or quality are esquire, gentleman, and the
like; these titles can however be claimed by none, and may be assumed by any
one. In Nash v. Battershy (2 Lord Ray. 986 6 Mod. 80,) the plaintiff declared
with the addition of gentleman. The defendant pleaded in abatement that the
plaintiff was no gentleman. The plaintiff demurred, and it was held ill; for,
said the court, it amounts to a confession that the plaintiff is no gentleman,
and then not the person named in the count. He should have replied that he is a
3. Additions of mystery are such as scrivener, painter, printer,
4. Additions of places are descriptions by the place of residence, as A.
B. of Philadelpliia and thelike. See Bac. Ab. b. t.; Doct. PI. 71; 2 Vin. Abr.
77; 1 Lilly's Reg. 39; 1 Metc. R. 151.
5. At common law there was no need of addition in any case, 2 Lord Ray.
988; it was, required only by Stat. 1 H. 5. c. 5, in cases where process of
outlawry lies. In all other cases it is only a description of the person, and
common reputation is sufficient. 2 Lord Ray. 849. No addition is necessary in a
Homine Replegiando. 2 Lord Ray. 987; Salk. 5; 1 Wils. 244, 6; 6 Rep. 67.
ADDITIONALES, in contracts. Additional terms or propositions to
be added to a former agreement.
ADDRESS, chan. plead. That part of a bill which contains the
appropriate and technical description of the court where the plaintiff seeks
his remedy. Coop. Eq. PI. 8; Bart. Suit in Eq. 20Story, Eq. PI. 26 Van Hey. Eq.
ADDRESS, legislation. In Pennsylvania it is a resolution of
both, branches of the legislature, two-thirds of each house concurring,
requesting the governor to remove a judge from office. The constitution of that
state, art. 5, s. 2, directs that " for any reasonable cause, which shall not
be, ground for impeachment, the governor may remove any of them [the judges],
on the address of two-third's of each branch of the legislature." The mode of
removal by address is unknown to the constitution of the, United States, but it
is recognized in several of the states. In some of the state constitutions the
language is imperative; the governor when thus addressed shall remove; in
others it is left to his discretion, he may remove. The relative proportion of
each house that must join in the address, varies also in different states. In
some a bare majority is sufficient; in others, two-thirds are requisite; and in
others three-fourths. 1 Journ. of Law, 154.
ADEMPTION, wills. A taking away or revocation of a legacy, by
2. It is either express or implied. It is the former when revoked in
express terms by a codicil or later will; it is implied when by the acts of the
testator it is manifestly his intention to revoke it; for example, when a
specific legacy of, a chattel is made, and afterwards the testator sells it; or
if a father makes provision for a child by his will and afterwards gives to
such child, if a daughter, a portion in marriage; or, if a son, a sum of money
to establish him in life, provided such portion or sum of money be equal to or
greater than the legacy. 2 Fonbl. 368 et, seq. Toll. Ex. 320; 1 Vern. R. by
Raithby, 85 n. and the cases there cited. 1 Roper, Leg. 237, 256, for, the
distinction between specific and general legacies.
ADHERING. Cleaving to, or joining; as, adhering to the enemies
of the United States.
2. The constitution of the United States, art. 3, s 3, defines treason
against the United States, to consist only in levying war against them or in
adhering to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort.
3. The fact that a citizen is cruising in an enemy's ship, with a design
to capture or destroy American ships, would be an adhering to the enemies of
the United States. 4 State Tr. 328 ; Salk. 634; 2 Gilb. Ev. by Lofft, 798.
4. If war be actually levied, that is, a body of men be actually
assembled for the purpose of effecting by force a treasonable enterprise, all
those who perform any part, however minute, or however remote from the scene of
action, and who are leagued in the general conspiracy are to be considered as
traitors. 4 Cranch. 126.
ADJOURNMENT. The dismissal by some court, legislative assembly,
or properly authorized officer, of the business before them, either finally,
which is called an adjournment sine die, without day; or, to meet again at
another time appointed, which is called a temporary adjournment. 2. The
constitution of the United States, art. 1, s. 5, 4, directs that "neither
house, during the session of congress, shall, without the consent of the other,
adjourn for more than three days, nor to any other place, that that in which
the two houses shall be sitting,." Vide Com. Dig. h. t.; Vin. Ab. h. t.; Dict.
de Jur. h. t.
ADJOURNMENT-DAY. In English practice, is a day so called from
its being a further day appointed by the judges at the regular sittings, to try
causes at nisi prius.
ADJOURNMENT-DAY IN ERROR. In the English courts, is a day
appointed some days before the end of the term, at which matters left undone on
the affirmance day are finished. 2 Tidd, 1224.
ADJUDICATION, in practice. The giving or pronouncing a judgment
in a cause; a judgment.
ADJUDICATIONS, Scotch law. Certain proceedings against debtors,
by way of actions, before the court of sessions and are of two kinds, special
2. – 1. By statute 1672, c. 19, such part only of the debtor's
lands is to be adjudged to the principal sum and interest of the debt, with the
compositions due to the superior, and the expenses of infeoffment, and a fifth
part more, in respect the creditor is obliged to take landsfor his money but
without penalties or sheriff fees. The debtor must deliver to the creditor a
valid right to the lands to be adjudged, or transumpts thereof, renounce the
possession in his favor, and ratify the decree of adjudication: and the law
considers the rent of the lands as precisely commensurate to the interest of
the debt. In this, which is called a special adjudication, the time allowed the
debtor to redeem the lands adjudged, (called the legal reversion or the legal,)
is declared to be five years.
3. – 2. Where the debtor does not produce a sufficient right to the
lands, or is not willing to renounce the possession and ratify the decree, the
statute makes it lawful for the creditor to adjudge all right belonging to the
debtor, in the same manner, and under the same reversion of ten years. In this
kind, which is called a general adjudication, the creditor must limit his claim
to the principal sum, interest and penalty, without demanding a fifth part
more. See Act 1 Feb. 1684; Ersk. Pr. L. Scot,. (????) s. 15, 16. See
ADJUNCTION. in civil law. Takes place when the thing belonging
to one person is attached or united to that which belongs to another, whether
this unionis caused by inclusion, as if one man's diamond be encased in
another's ring; by soldering, as if one's guard be soldered on another's sword;
by sewing, as by employing the silk of one to make the coat of another; by
construction; as by building on another's land; by writing, as when one writes
on another's parchment; or by painting, when one paints a picture on another's
2. In these cases, as a general rule, the accessory follows the
principal; hence these things which are attached to the things of another
become the property of the latter. The only exception which the civilians made
was in the case of a picture, which although an accession, drew to itself the
canvas, on account of the importance which was attached to it. Inst. lib. 2, t.
1, 34; Dig. lib. 41, t. 1, 1. 9, 2. See Accession, and 2 Bl. Comm. 404; Bro.
Ab. Propertie; Com. Dig. Pleader, M. 28; Bac. Abr. Trespass, E 2. 1 Bouv. Inst.
ADJUNCTS, English law. Additional judges appointed to determine
causes in the High Court of Delegates, when the former judges cannot decide in
consequence of disagreement, or because one of the law judges of the court was
not one of the majority. Shelf. on Lun. 310.
ADJURATION. The act by which one person solemnly charges another
to tell or swear to the truth. Wolff. Inst. 374.
ADJUSTMENT, maritime law. The adjustment of a loss is the
settlling and ascertaining the amount of the indemnity which the insured after
all proper allowances and deductions have been made, is entitled to receive,
and the proportion of this, which each underwriter is liable to pay, under the
policy Marsh. Ins. B. 1, c. 14, p. 617 or it is a written admission of the
amounts of the loss as settled between the parties to a policy of insurance. 3
Stark. Ev. 1167, 8.
2. In adjusting a loss, the first thing to be considered is, how the
quantity of damages for which the underwriters are liable, shall be
ascertained. When a loss is a total loss, and the iusured decides to abandon,
he must give notice of this to the underwriters iii a reasonable time,
otherwise he will waive his right to abandon, and must be content to claim only
for a partial loss. Marsh. Ins. B. 1, .c. 3, s. 2; 15 East, 559; 1 T. R. 608; 9
East, 283; 13 East 304; 6 Taunt. 383. When the loss is admitted to be total,
and the policy is a valued one, the insured is entitled to receive the whole
sum insured, subject to such deductions as may have been agreed by the policy
to be made in case of loss.
3. The quantity of damages being known, the next point to be settled,
is, by what rule this shall be estimated. The price of a thing does not afford
a just criterion to ascertain its true value. It may have been bought very dear
or very cheap. The circumstances of time and place cause a continual variation
in the price of things. For this reason, in cases of general average, the
things saved contribute not according to prune cost, but according to the price
for which they may be sold at the time of settling the average. Marsh. Ins. B.
1, c. 14, s. 2, p. 621; Laws of Wishuy, art. 20 Laws of Oleron, art. 8 this
Dict. tit. Price. And see 4 Dall. 430; 1 Caines' R. 80; 2 S. & R. 229 2
S.& R. 257, 258.
4. An adjustment being endorsed on the policy, and signed by the
underwriters, with the promise to pay in a given time, is prima facie evidence
against them, and amouuts to an admission of all the facts necessary to be
proved by the insured to entitle him to recover in an action on the policy. It
is like a note of hand, and being proved, the insured has no occasion to go
into proof of any other circumstances. Marsh. Ins. B. 1, c. 14, s. 3, p. 632; 3
Stark. Ev. 1167, 8 Park. ch. 4; Wesk. Ins, 8; Beaw. Lex. Mer. 310; Com. Dig.
Merchant, E 9; Abbott on Shipp. 346 to 348. See Damages.
ADJUTANT. A military officer, attached to every battalion of a
regiment. It is his duty to superintend, under his superiors, all matters
relating to the ordinary routine of discipline in the regiment.
ADJUTANT-GENERAL. A staff officer; one of those next in rank to
ADJUNCTUM ACCESSORIUM, civil law. Something which is an
accessory and appurtenant to another thing. 1 Chit. Pr. 154.
ADMEASUREMENT OF DOWER, remedies. This remedy is now nearly
obsolete, even in England; the following account of it is given by Chief Baron
Gilbert. "The writ of admeasurement of dower lieth where the heir when he is
within age, and endoweth the wife of more than she ought to have dower of; or
if the guardian in chivalry, [for the guardian in socage cannot assign dower,]
endoweth the wife of more than one-third part of the land of which she ought to
have dower, then the heir, at full age, may sue out this writ against the wife,
and thereby shall be admeasured, and the surplusage she hath in dower shall be
restored to the heir; but in such case there shall not be assigned anew any
lands to hold to dower, but to take from her so much of the lands as surpasseth
the third part whereof she ought to be endowed; and he need not set forth of
whose assignments she holds." Gilb. on Uses, 379; and see F. N. B. 148; Bac.
Ab. Dower, K; F. N. B. 148; Co. Litt. 39 a; 2 Inst. 367 Dower; Estate in
ADMEASUREMENT OF PASTURE, Eng. law. The name of a writ which
lies where any tenants have common appendant in another ground and one
overcharges the common with beasts. The other commoners, to obtain their just
rights, may sue out this writ against him.
ADMINICLE1. A term, in the Scotch and French law, for any
writing or deed referred to by a party, in an action at law, for proving his
2. An ancient term for aid or support.
3. A term in the civil, law for imperfect proof. Tech. Dict. h. t.;
Merl. Repert. mot Adminicule.
ADMINICULAR EVIDENCE, eccl. law. This term is used in the
eclesiastical law to signify evidence, which is brought to explain or complete
other evidence. 2 Lee, Ecel.R. 595.
TO ADMINISTER, ADMINISTERING. The stat. 9 G. IV. c. 31, S. 11,
enacts "that if any person unlawfully and maliciously shall administer, or
attempt to administer to any person, or shall cause to be taken by any person
any poison or other destructive things," &c. every such offender, &c.
In a case which arose under this statute, it was decided that to constitute the
act of administering the poison, it was not absolutely necessary there should
have been a delivery to the party poisoned, but that if she took it from a
place where it had been put for her by the defendant, and any part of it went
into her stomach, it was an administering. 4 Carr. & Payne, 369; S. C. 19
E. C. L. R. 423; 1 Moody's C. C. 114; Carr. Crim. L. 23. Vide Attempt to
TO ADMINISTER, trusts. To do some act in relation to an estate,
such as none but the owner, or some one authorized by him or by the law, in
caseof his decease, could legally do. 1 Harr. Cond. Lo. R. 666.
ADMINISTRATION, trusts. The management of the estate of an
intestate, a minor, a lunatic, an habitual drunkard, or other person who is
incapable of managing his own affairs, entrusted to an administrator or other
trustee by authority of law. In a more confinedsense, and in which it will be
used in this article, administration is the management of an intestate's
estate, or of the estate of a testator who, at the time administration was
granted, had no executor.
2. Administration is granted by a public officer duly authorized to
delegate the trust; he is sometimes called surrogate, judge of probate,
register of wills and for granting letters of administration. It is to be
granted to such persons as the statutory provisions of the several states
direct. In general the right of administration belongs to him who" has the
right to the vendue of the personalty: as if A make his will, and appoint B his
executor, who dies intestate, and C is the legatee of the residue of A's
estate, C has the right of administration cum testamento annexo. 2 Strange,
956; 12 Mod. 437, 306; 1 Jones, 225; 1 Croke. 201; 2 Leo. 55; 1 Vent. 217.
3. There are several kinds of administrations, besides the usual kind
which gives to the administrator the management of all the personal estate of
the deceased for an unlimited time. Administration durante minore oetate,
administration durante absentia, administration pendente lite, administration
de bonis non, administration cum testamento annexo.
ADMINISTRATION, government. The management of the affairs of the
government; this word is also applied to the persons entrusted with the
management of the publio affairs.
ADMIINISTRATOR, trusts. An administrator is a person lawfully
appointed, with his assent, by an officer having jurisdiction, to manage and
settle the estate of a deceased person who has left no executor, or one who is
for. the time incompetent or unable to act.
2. It will be proper to consider, first, his rights; secondly, his
duties.; thirdly, the number of administrators, and their joint and several
powers; fourthly, the several kinds of administrators.
3. – 1. By the grant of the letters, of administration, the
administrator is vested with full and ample power, unless restrained to some
special administration, to take possession of all the personal estate of the
deceased and to sell it; to collect the debts due to him; and to represent him
in all matters which relate to his chattels real or personal. He is authorized
to pay the debts of the, intestate in the order dire ted by law; and, in the
United States, he is generally entitled to a just compensation, which is
allowed him as commmisions on the amount whichpasses through his hands.
4. – 2. He is bound to use due diligence in the management of the
estate; and he is generally on his appointment required to give security that
he will do so; he is responsible for any waste which. may happen for his
default. See Devastavit.
5. Administrators are authorized to bring and defend actions. They sue
and are sued in their own names; as, A B, administrator of C D, v. E F; or E F
v. A B, administrator of C D.
6. – 3. As to the number of administrators. There may be one or
more. When there are several they must, in general, act together in bringing
suits, and they must all be sued ; but, like executors, the acts of each, which
relate to the delivery, gift, sale, payment, possession. or release of the
intestate's goods, are considered as of equal validity as the acts of all, for
they have a joint power and authority over the whole. Bac. Ab. Executor, C 4;
11 Vin. Ab. 358; Com. Dig. Administration, B 12; 1 Dane's Ab. 383; 2 Litt. R.
315. On the death of one of several joint administrators, the whole authority
is vested in the survivors.
7. – 4. Administrators are general, or those who have right to
administer the whole estate of the intestate; or special, that is, those who
administer it in part, or for a Iimited time.
8 – 1. General administrators are of two kinds, namely: first, when
the grant of administration is unlimited, and the administrator is required to
administer the whole estate. under the intestate laws. secondly, when the grant
is made with the annexation of the will, which is the guide to the
administrator to administer and distribute the estate. This latter
administration is granted when the deceased has made a will, and either he has
not appointed an executor, or having appointed one he refuses to serve, or
dies, or is incompetent to act; this last kind is called an administrator cum
testamento annexo. 1 Will. on Wills, 309.
9. – 2. Special administrators are of two kinds; first, when the
administration is limited to part of the estate, as for example, when the
former administrator has died, leaving a part of the estate unadministered, an
administrator is appointed to administer the remainder, and he is called an
administrator de bonis non. He has all the powers of a common administrator.
Bac. Ab. Executors, B 1; Sw. 396; Roll. Ab. 907; 6 Sm. & Marsh. 323. When
an executor dies leaving a part of the estate unadministered, the administrator
appointed to complete the execution of the win is called an administrator de
bonis non, cum testamento annexo. Com. Dig. Administrator, B 1. Secondly, When
the authority of the administrator is limited as to time. Administrators of
this kind are, 1. An administrator durante minore oetate. This administrator is
appointed to act as such during the minority of an infant executor, until the
latter shall, attain his lawful age to act. Godolph. 102; 5 Co. 29. His powers
extend to administer the estate so far as to collect the same, sell a
sufficiency of the personal property to pay the debts, sell bona peritura, and
perform such other acts as require immediate attention. He may sue and be sued.
Bac. Ab. Executor, B 1 ; Roll. Ab. 110; Cro. Eliz. 718. The powers of such an
administrator cease, as soon as the infant executor attains the age at which
the law authorizes him to act for himself, which, at common law, is seventeen
years, but by statutory provision in several states twenty-one years.
10. – 2. An administrator durante absentid, is one who is appointed
to administer the estate during the absence of the executor, before he has
proved the will. The powers of this administrator continue until the return of
the executor, and. then his powers cease upon the probate of the will by the
executor. 4 Hagg. 860. In England it has been holden, that the death of the
executor abroad does not determine the authority of the administrator durante
absentia. 3 Bos. & Pull. 26.
11. – 3. An administrator pendente lite. Administration pendente
lite may be granted pending the controversy respecting an alleged will and it
has been granted pending a contest as to, the right to administration. 2 P.
Wms. 589; 2 Atk. 286; 2 Cas. temp. Lee, 258. The administrator pendente lite is
merely an officer of the court, and holds the property only till the suit
terminates. 1 Hagg. 313. He may maintain suits, 1 Ves. sen. 325; 2 Ves. &
B. 97; 1 Ball & B. 192; though his power does not extend to the
distribution of the assets. 1 Ball & B. 192.
ADMINISTRATRIX. This term is applied to a woman to whom letters
of administration have been granted. See Administrator.
ADMIRAL, officer. In some countries is the commander in chief
of the naval forces. This office does not exist in the United States.
ADMIRALTY. The name of a jurisdiction which takes cognizance of
suits or actions which arise in consequence of acts done upon or relating to
the sea; or, in other words, of all transactions and proceedings relative to
commerce and navigation, and to damages or injuries upon the sea. 2 Gall. R.
468. In the great maritime nations of Europe, the term " admiralty
jurisdiction," is, uniformly applied to courts exercising jurisdiction over
maritime contracts and concerns. It is as familiarly known among the jurists of
Scotland, France, Holland and Spain, as of England, and applied to their own
courts, possessing substantially the same jurisdiction as the English Admiralty
had in the reign of Edward III. Ibid., and the authorities there cited; and
see, also, Bac. Ab. Court of Admiralty; Merl. Repert. h. t. Encyclopedie, h.
t.; 1 Dall. 323.
2. The Constitution of the United States has delegated to the courts of
the national government cognizance "of all cases of admiralty and maritime
jurisdiction;" and the act of September 24, 1789, ch. 20 s. 9, has given the
district court " cognizance of all civil causes of admiralty and maritime
jurisdiction," including all seizures under laws of imposts, navigation or
trade of the United States, where the seizures are made on waters navigable
from the sea, by vessels of ten or more tons burden, within their respective
districts, as well as upon the high seas.
3. It is not within the plan of this work to enlarge upon this subject.
The reader is referred to the article Courts of the United States, where he
will find all which has been thought necessary to say upon it as been the
subject. Vide, generally, Dunlap's Adm. Practice; Bett's Adm. Practice; 1
Kent's Com. 353 to 380; Serg. Const. Law, Index, h. t.; 2 Gall. R. 398. to 476;
2 Chit. P. 508; Bac. Ab. Courts of Admiralty; 6 Vin. Ab. 505; Dane's Ab. Index
b. t; 12 Bro. Civ. and Adm. Law; Wheat. Dig. 1; 1 Story L. U. S. 56, 60; 2 Id.
905, 3 Id. 1564, 1696; 4 Sharsw. cont. of Story's L. U. S. 2262; Clerke's
Praxis; Collectanea Maritima; 1 U. S. Dig. tit. Admiralty Courts, XIII.
ADMISSION, in corporations or companies. The act of the
corporation or company by which an individual acquires the rights of a member
of such corporation or company.
2. In trading and joint stock corporations no vote of admission is
requisite; for any person who owns stock therein, either by original
subscription or by conveyance, is in general entitled to, and cannot be
refused, the rights and privileges of a member. 3 Mass. R. 364; Doug. 524; 1
Man. & Ry. 529.
3. All that can be required of the person demanding a transfer on the
books, is to prove to the corporation his right to the property. See 8 Pick.
4. In a Mutual Insurance Company, it has been held, that a person may
become a member by insuring his property, paying the premium and deposit-money,
and rendering himself liable to be assessed according to the rules of the
corporation. 2 Mass. R. 315.
ADMISSIONS, in evidence. Concessions by a party of the existence
of certain facts. The term admission is usually applied to civil transactions,
and to matters of fact in criminal cases, where there is no criminal intent the
term confession, (q. v.) is generally considered as an admission of guilt.
2. An admission is the testimony which the party admitting bears to the
truth of a fact against himself. It is a voluntary act,which he acknowledges as
true the fact in dispute. [An admission and consent are, in fact, one and the
same thing, unless indeed for more exactness we say, that consent is given to a
present fact or agreement, and admission has reference to au agreement or a
fact anterior for properly speaking, it is not the admission which forms a
contract, obligation or engagement, against the party admitting. The admission
is, by its nature, only the proof of a pre-existing obligation, resulting from
the agreement or the fact, the truth of which is acknowledged. There is still
another remarkable difference between admission and consent: the first is
always free in its origin, the latter, always morally forced. I may refuse to
consent to a proposition made to me, abstain from a fact or an action which
would subject me to an obligation ; but once my consent is given, or the action
committed, I am no longer at liberty to deny or refuse either; I am constrained
to admit, under the penalty of dishonor and infamy. But notwithstanding all
these differences, admission is identified with consent, and they are both the
manifestation of the will. These admissions are generally evidence of those
facts, when the admissions themselves are proved.]
3. The admissibility and effect of evidence of this description will be
considered generally, with respect to the nature and manner, of the admission
itself and, secondly, with respect to the parties to be affected by it.
4. In the first place, as to the nature and manner of the admission; it
is either made with a view to evidence; or, with a view to induce others to act
upon the representation; or, it is an unconnected or casual representation.
5. – 1. As an instance of admission made with a view to evidence
may be mentioned the case where a party has solemnly admitted a fact under his
hand and seal, in which case he is, estopped, not only from disputing the deed
itself, but every fact which it recites. B. N. P. 298; 1 Salk. 186; Com. Dig.
Estoppel, B 5; Stark. Ev. pt. 4, p. 3 1.
6. – 2. Instances of thing second class of admissions which have
induced others to act upon them are those where a man has cohabited with a
woman, and treated her in the front of the world as his wife, 2 Esp. 637; or
where he. has held himself out to the world in a particular character; Ib. 1
Camp. 245; he cannot in the one case deny her to be his Wife when sued by a
creditor who has supplied her with goods as such, nor in the other can he
divest himself of the character be has assumed.
7. – 3. Where the admission or declaration is not direct to the
question pending, although admissible, it is not in general conclusive
evidence; and though a party may by falsifying his former declaration, show
that he has acted illegally andimmorally, yet if he is not guilty of any breach
of good faith in the existing transaction, and has not induced others, to act
upon his admission or declaration, nor derived any benefit from it against his
adversary, be is not bound by it. The evidence in such cases is merely
presumptive, and liable to be rebutted.
8. Secondly, with respect to the parties to be affected by it. 1. By a
party to a suit, 1 Phil. Ev. 74; 7 T. R. 563; 1 Dall. 65. The admissions of the
party really interested, although he is no party to the suit, are evidence. 1
9. – 2. The admissions of a partner during the existence of a
partnership, are evidence against both. 1 Taunt. 104; Peake's C. 203 1 Stark.
C. 81. See 10 Johns. R. 66 Ib. 216; 1 M. & Selw. 249. As to admissions made
after the dissolution. of the partnership, see 3 Johns. R. 536; 15 Johns. R.
424 1 Marsh. (Kentucky) R. 189. According to the English decisions, it seems,
the admissions of one partner, after the dissolution, have been holden to bind
the other partner; this rule has been partially changed by act of parliament.
Colly. on Part. 282; Stat. 9 Geo. IV. c. 14, (May 9, 1828.) In the Supreme
Court of the United States, a rule, the reverse of the English, has been
adopted, mainly on the ground, that the admission is a new contract or promise,
springing out of, ana supported by the original consideration. 1 Pet. R. 351; 2
M'Lean, 87. The state courts have varied in their decisions some have adopted
the English rule; and, in others it has been overruled. 2 Bouv. Inst. ii. 1517;
Story, Partn. 324; 3 Kent, Com. Lect. 43, p. 49, 4th ed.; 17 S. & R. 126;
15 Johns. R. 409; 9 Cowen, R. 422; 4 Paige, R. 17; 11 Pick. R. 400; 7 Yerg. R.
10. – 3. By one of several persons who have a community of
interest. Stark, Ev. pt. 4, p. 47; 3 Serg. & R. 9.
11. – 4. By an agent, 1 Phil. Ev. 77-82 3 Paley Ag. 203-207.
12. – 5. By an attorney, 4 Camp. 133; by wife, Paley, Ag. 139, n. 2
Whart. Dig. tit. Evidence, 0 7 T. R. 112 ; Nott & M'C. 374.
13. Admissions are express or implied. An express admission is one made
in direct terms. An admission may be implied from the silence of the party, and
may be presumed. As for instance, when the existence of the debt, or of the
particular right, has been asserted in his presence, and he has not
contradicted it. And an aquiescence and endurance, when acts are done by
another, which if wrongfully done, are encroachments, and call for resistance
and opposition, are evidence, as a tacit admission that such acts could not be
legally resisted. See 2 Stark. C. 471. See, generally, Stark. Ev. part 4, tit.
Admissions; 1 Phil. Ev. part 1, c. 5, s . 4; 1 Greenl. Ev. 169-212; 2 Evans'
Pothier, 319; 8 East, 549, ii. 1; Com. Dig. Testemoigne, Addenda, vol. 7, p.
434; Vin. Abr. Evidence, A, b. 2, A, b. 23 Ib. Confessions; this Dict. tit.
Confessions, Examination; Bac. Abr. Evidence L.; Toullier, Droit, Civil
Francais, tome 10, p. 375, 450; 3 Bouv. Inst. n. 3073.
ADMISSIONS, of attorneys and counsellors. To entitle counsellors
and attorneys to practice in court, they must be admitted by the court to
practice there. Different statutes and rules have been made to regulate their
admission; they generally require a previous qualification by study under the
direction of some practicing counsellor or attorney. See 1 Troub. & Haly's
Pr. 18; 1 Arch. Pr. 16; Blake's Pr. 30.
ADMISSIONS. in pleading. Where one party means to take advantage
of, or rely upon some matter alleged by his adversary, and to make it part of
his case, he ought to admit such matter in his own pleadings; as if either
party states the title under which his adversary claims, in which instances it
,is directly opposite in its nature to a protestation. See Prote stando. But
where the party wishes to prevent the application of his pleading to some
matter contained in the pleading of his adversary, and therefore makes an
express admission of such matter (which is sometimes the case,) in order to
exclude it from the issue taken or the like, it is somewhat similar in
operation and effect, to a protestation.
2. The usual mode of making an express admission in pleading, is, after
saying that the plaintiff ought not to have or maintain his action, &c., to
proceed thus, " Because he says that although it be true that"
&c.;repeating such of the allegations of the adverse party as are meant to
be admitted. Express admissions are only matters of fact alleged in the
pleadings; it never being necessary expressly to admit their legal sufficiency,
which is always taken for granted, unless some objection be made to them.
Lawes' Civ. Pl. 143, 144. See 1 Chit PI. 600; Arcbb. Civ. PI. 215.
3. In chancery pleadings, admissions are said to be plenary and partial.
They are plenary by force of terms not only when the answer runs in this form,
"the defendant admits it to be true," but also when he simply asserts, and
generally speaking, when be says, that "he has been informed, and believes it
to be true," without adding a qualification such as, "that he does not know it
of his own knowledge to be so, and therefore does not admit the same." Partial
admissions are those which are delivered in terms of uncertainty, mixed up as
they frequently are, with explanatory or qualifying circumstances.
ADMISSIONS, in practice, It, frequently occurs in practice, that
in order to save expenses as to mere formal proofs, the attorneys on each side
consent to admit, reciprocally, certain facts in the cause without calling for
proof of them.
2. These are usually reduced to writing, and the, attorneys shortly, add
to this effect, namely, " We agree that the above facts shall on the trial of
this cause be admitted, and taken as proved on each side;" and signing two
copies now called, "admissions " in the cause, each attorney takes one. Gresl.
Eq. Ev. c. 2, p. 38.
ADMITTANCE, Eng. law. The act of giving possession of a copyhold
estate, as livery of seisin is of a freehold; it is of three kinds, namely
uponavoluntary grant by the lord) upon a surrender by the former tenant and
ADMIITENDO IN SOCIUM. Eng. law. A writ associating certain
persons to justices of assize.
ADMONITION. A reprimamd from a judge to a person accused, on
being discharged, warning him of the consequences of his conduct, and
intimating to him, that should he be guilty of the same fault for which he has
been admonished, he will be punished with greater severity. Merlin, Repert. h.
2. The admonition was authorized by the civil law, as a species of
punishment for slight misdemeanors. Vide Reprimand
ADNEPOS. A term employed by the Romans to designate male
descendants in the fifth degree, in a direct line. This term is used in making
ADOLESCENCE, persons. That age which follows puberty and
precedes the age of majority; it commences for males at fourteen, and for
females at twelve years completed, and continues till twenty-one years
ADOPTION, civil law. The act by which a person chooses another
from a strange family, to have all the rights of his own child. Merl. Repert.
h. t.; Dig. 1, 7, 15, 1; and see Arrogation. By art. 232, of the civil code of
Louisiana, it is abolished in that state. It never was in use in any other of
the United States.
ADROGATION, civil law. The adoption of one who was impubes,
that is, if a male, under fourteen years of age; if a female, under twelve.
Dig. 1, 7, 17, 1.
ADULT, in the civil law. An infant who, if a boy, has attained
his full age of fourteen years, and if a girl, her full age of twelve. Domat,
Liv. Prel. t. 2, s. 2, n. 8. In the common law an adult is considered one of
full age. 1 Swanst. R. 553.
ADULTERATION. This term denotes the act of mixing something
impure with something pure, as, to mix an inferior liquor with wino; au
inferior article with coffee, tea,.and the like.
ADULTERINE. A term used in the civil law to denote the issue of
an adulterous intercourse. See Nicholas on Adulterine Bastardy.
ADULTERIUM. In the old records this word does not signify the
offence of adultery, but the fine imposed for its commission. Barr. on the
Stat. 62, note.
ADULTERY, criminal law. From ad and alter, another person; a
criminal conversation, between a man married to another woman, and a woman
married to another man, or a married and unmarriod person. The married person
is guilty of adultery, the unmarried of fornicatiou. (q. v.) 1 Yeates, 6; 2
Dall. 124; but see 2 Blackf. 318.
2. The elements of this crime are, 1st, that there shall be an unlawful
carnal connexion; 2dly, that the guilty party shall at the time be married;
3dly, that he or she shall willingly commit the offence; for a woman who has
been ravished against her will is not guilty of adultery. Domat, Supp. du Droit
Public, liv. 3, t. 10, n. 13.
3. The punishment of adultery, in the United States, generally, is fine
4. In England it is left to the feeble hands of the ecclesiastical
courts to punish this offence.
5. Adultery in one of the married persons is good cause for obtaining a
divorce by the innocent partner. See 1 Pick. 136; 8 Pick. 433; 9 Mass. 492: 14
Pick. 518; 7 Greenl. 57; 8 Greenl. 75; 7 Conn. 267 10 Conn. 372; 6 Verm. 311; 2
Fairf. 391 4 S. & R. 449; 5 Rand. 634; 6 Rand. 627; 8 S. & R. 159; 2
Yeates, 278, 466; 4 N. H. Rep. 501; 5 Day, 149; 2 N. & M. 167.
6. As to proof of adultery, see 2 Greenl. 40, Marriage.
ADVANCEMENT. That which is given by a father to his child or
presumptive heir, by anticipation of whathe might inherit. 6 Watts, R. 87; 17
Mass. R. 358; 16 Mass. R. 200; 4 S. & R. 333; 11 John. R. 91; Wright, R.
339. See also Coop Just. 515, 575; 1 Tho. Co. Lit. 835, 6; 3 Do. 345, 348;
Toll. 301; 5 Vez. 721; 2 Rob. on Wills, 128; Wash. C. C. Rep. 225; 4 S. &
R. 333; 1 S. & R. 312; 3 Conn. Rep. 31; and post Collatio bonorum.
2. To constitute an advancement by the law of England, the gift must be
made by the father and not by another, not even by the mother. 2 P. Wms. 856.
In Pennsylvania a gift of real or personal estate by the father or mother may
be an advancement. 1 S. & R. 427; Act 19 April 1794, 9; Act 8 April, 1833,
16. There are in the statute laws of the several states provisions relative to
real and personal estates, similar in most respects to those which exist in the
English statute of distribution, concerning an advancement to a child. If any
child of the intestate has been advanced by him by settlement, either out of
the real or personal estate, or both, equal or superior to the amount in value
of the share of such child which would be due from the real and personal
estate, if no such advancementhad been made, then such child and his
descendants, are excluded from any share in the real or personal estate of the
3. But if the advancement be not equal, then such child, and in case of
his death, his descendants, are entitled to receive, from the real and personal
estate, sufficient to make up the deficiency, and no more.
4. The advancement, is either express or implied. As to what is an
implied advancement, see 2 Fonb. Eq. 121; 1 Supp. to Ves. Jr. 84; 2 lb. 57; 1
Vern. by Raithby, 88, 108, 216; 5 Ves. 421; Bac. Ab. h. t.; 4 Kent, Com.
5. A debt due by a child to his father differs from an advancement. In
case of a debt, the money due may be recovered by action for the use of the
estate, whether any other property be left by the deceased or not; whereas, an
advancement merely bars the child's right to receive any part of his father's
estate, unless he brings into hotch pot the property advanced. 17 Mass. R. 93,
359. See, generally, 17 Mass. R. 81, 356; 4 Pick. R. 21; 4 Mass. R. 680; 8
Mass. R. 143; 10. Mass. R. 437; 5 Pick. R. 527; 7 Conn. R. 1; 6 Conn. R. 355; 5
Paige's R. 318; 6 Watts' R. 86, 254, 309; 2 Yerg. R. 135; 3 Yerg. R. 95; Bac.
Ab. Trusts, D; Math. on Pres. 59; 5 Hayw. 137; 11 John. 91; l Swanst. 13; 1 Ch.
Cas. 58; 3 Conn. 31; 15 Ves. 43, 50; U. S. Dig. h. t.; 6 Whart. 370; 4 S. &
R. 333; 4 Whart. 130, 540; 5 Watts, 9; 1 Watts & Serg. 390; 10 Watts, R.
158; 5 Rawle, 213; 5 Watts, 9, 80; 6 Watts & Serg. 203. The law of France
in respect to advancements is stated at length in Morl. Rep. de Jurisp. Rapport
ADVANCES, contracts. Said to take place when, a factor or agent
pays to his principal , a sum of, money on the credit of goods belonging to the
principal, which are placed, or are to be placed, in the possession of the
factor or agent, in order to reimburse himself out of the proceeds of the sale.
In such case the factor or agent has a lien to the amount of his claim. Cowp.
R. 251; 2 Burr. R. 931; Liverm. on Ag. 38; Journ. of Law, 146.
2. The agent or factor has a right not only to advances made to the
owner of goods, but also for expenses and dishursements made in the course of
his agency, out of his own moneys, on account of, or for the benefit of his
principal; such as incidental charges forwarehouse-room, duties, freight,
general average, salvage, repairs, journeys, and all other acts done to
preserve the property of the principal, and to enable the agent to accomplish
the objects of the principal, are to be paid fully by the latter. Story on
Bailm. 197; Story on Ag. 335.
3. The advances, expenses and dishursements of the agent must, however,
have been made in good faith, without any default on his part Liv. on Ag.
14-16; Smith on Merc. 56 Paley on Ag. by Lloyd, 109; 6 East, R. 392; 2 Bouv.
list. n. 1340.
4. When the advances and dishursements have been properly made, the
agent is entitled not only to the return of the money so advanced, but to
interest upon such advances and dishursements, whenever from the nature of the
business, or the usage of trade, or the particular agreement of the parties, it
may be fairly presumed to be stipulated for, or due to the agent. 7 Wend. R.
315; 3 Binn. R. 295; 3 Caines' R. 226; 1 H. Bl. 303; 3 Camp. R. 467 15 East, R.
223; 2 Bouv. Inst. n. 1341. This just rule coincides with the civil law on this
subject. Dig. 17, 1, 12, 9; Poth. Pand. lib. 17, t. 1, n. 74.
ADVENTITIOUS, adventitius. From advenio; what comes
incidentally; us adventitia bona, goods that, fall to a man otherwise than by
inheritance; or adventitia dos, a dowry or portion given by some other friend
beside the parent.
ADVENTURE, bill of. A writing signed by a merchant, to testify
that the goods shipped on board a certain vessel are at the venture of another
person, he himself being answerable only for the produce. Techn. Dict.
ADVENTURE, crim. law. See Misadventure.
ADVENTURE, mer. law. Goods sent abroad under the care of a
supercargo, to be disposed of to the best advantage for the benefit of his
employers, is called an adventure.
ADVERSARY. One who is a party in a writ or action opposed to the
ADVERSE POSSESSION, title to lands. The enjoyment of land, or
such estate as lies in grant, under such circumstances as indicate that such
enjoyment has been commenced and contiuued, under an assertion or color of
right on the part of the possessor. 3 East, R. 394; 1 Pick. Rep. 466; 1 Dall.
R. 67; 2 Serg. & Rawle, 527; 10 Watts R, 289; 8 Con R. 440; 3 Penn. 132; 2
Aik. 364; 2 Watts, 23; 9, John. 174; 18 John. 40, 355; 5 Pet. 402; 4 Bibb, 550.
Actual possession is a pedis possessio which can be only of ground enclosed,
and only such possession can a wrongdoer have. He can have no constructive
possession. 7 Serg. & R. 192; 3 Id. 517; 2 Wash. C. Rep. 478, 479.
2. When the possession or enjoyment has been adverse for twenty years,
of which the jury are to judge from the circumstances the law raises the
presumption of a grant. Ang. on Wat. Courses, 85, et seq. But this presumption
arises only when the use or occupation would otherwise have been unlawful. 3
Greenl. R. 120; 6 Binn. R. 416; 6 Cowen, R. 617, 677; Cowen, R. 589; 4 S. &
R. 456. See 2 Smith's Lead. Cas. 307-416.
3. There are four general rules by which it may be ascertained that
possession is not adverse; these will be separately considered.
4. – 1. When both parties claim under the same title; as, if a man
seised of certain land in fee, have issue two sons and die seised, and one of
the sons enter by abatement into the land, the statute, of limitations will not
operate against the other son; for when the abator entered into the land of his
father, before entry made by his brother, the law intends that he entered
claiming as heir to his father, by which title the other son also claims. Co.
Litt s. 396.
5. – 2. When the possession of the one party is consistent with the
title of the other; as, where, the rents of a trust state were received by a
cestui que trust for more than twenty years after the creation of the trust,
without any interference, of the trustee, such ppssession being consistent with
and secured to the cestui qwe trust by the terms of the deed, the receipt was
held not to be adverse to the title of the trustee. 8 East. 248.
6. – 3. When, in contemplation of law, the claimant has never been
out of possession; as, where Paul devised lands to John and his heirs, and
died, and John died, and afterwards the heirs of John and a stranger entered,
and took the profits for twenty years; upon ejectment brought by the devisee of
the heir of John against the stranger, it was held that the perception of the
rents and profits by the stranger was not adverse to the devisee's title; for
when two men are in possession, the law adjudges it to be the possession of him
who has the right. Lord Raym. 329.
7. – 4. When the occupier has acknowledged the claimant's titles;
as, if a lease be granted for a term, and, after paying the rent for the land
during such term, the tenant hold for twenty years without paying rent, his
possession will not be adverse. See Bos. & P. 542; 8 B. & Cr. 717; 2
Bouv. Inst. n. 2193-94, 2351.
ADVERTISEMENT. A 'notice' published either in handbills or in a
2. The law in many instances requires parties to advertise in order to
give notice of acts which are to be done; in these cases, the advertisement is
in general equivalent to notice.
3. When an advertisement contains the terms of sale, or description of
the property to be sold, it will bind the seller; and if there be a material
misrepresentation, it may avoid the contract, or at least entitle the purchaser
to a compensation and reduction from the agreed, price. Kapp's R. 344; 1 Chit.
ADVICE, com. law. A letter containing information of any
circumstances unknown to the person to whom it is written; when goods are
forwarded by sea or land, the letter transmited to inform the consignee of the
fact, is termed advice of goods, or letter of advice. When one merchant draws
upon another, he generally advises him of the fact. These letters are intended
to give notice of the facts they contain.
ADVICE, practice. The opinion given by counsel to their clients;
this should never be done but upon mature deliberation to the best of the
counsel's ability; and without regard to the consideration whether it will
affect the client favorably or unfavorably.
ADVISEMENT. Consideration, deliberation, consultation; as the
court holds the case under advisement.
ADVOCATE, civil and ecclesiastical law. 1. An officer who
maintains or de fends the rights of his client in the same manner as the
counsellor does in the common law.
2. Lord Advocate. An, officer of state in Scotland, appointed by the
king, to advise about the making and executing the law, to prosecute capital
3. College or faculty of advocates. A college consisting of 180 persons,
appointed to plead in. all actions before the lords of sessions.
4. Church or ecclesiastical advocates. Pleaders appointed by the church
to maintain its rights.
5. – 2. A patron who has the advowson or presentation to a church.
Tech. Dict.; Ayl. Per. 53; Dane Ab. c.,31, 20. See Counsellor at law;
ADVOCATIA, civil law. This sometimes signifies the quality, or
functions, and at other times the privilege, or the territorial jurisdiction of
an advocate, See Du Cange, voce Advocatia, Advocatio.
ADVOCATION, Scotch law. A writing drawn up in the form of a
petition, called a bill of advocation, by which a party in an action applies to
the supreme court to advocate its cause, and to call the action out of an
inferior court to itself. Letters of advocation, are the decree or warrant of
the supreme court or court of sessions, discharging the inferior tribunal from
all further proceedings in the matter, and advocating the action to itself.
This proceeding is similar to a certiorari (q. v.) issuing out of a superior
court for the removal of a cause from an inferior.
ADVOCATUS. A pleader, a narrator. Bract. 412 a, 372 b.
ADVOWSON, ecclesiastical law. From advow or advocare, a right of
presentation to a church or benefice. He who possesses this right is called the
patron or advocate, (q. v.) when there is no patron, or he neglects to exercise
his right within six months, it is called a lapse, i. e. a title is given to
the ordinary to collate to a church; when a presentation is made by one who has
no right it is called a usurpation.
2. Advowsons are of different kinds, as Advowson appendant, when it
depends upon a manor, &c. – Advowson in gross, when it belongs to a
person and not to a manor. – Advowson presentative, where the patron
presents to the bishop. – Advowson donative, where the king or patron puts
the clerk into possession without presentation. – Advowson of the moiety
of the church, where there are two several patrons and two incumbents in the
same churcb. – A moiety of advowson, where two must join the presentation,
of one incumbent. – Advowson of religious houses, that whicb is vested in
the person who founded such a house. Techn. Dict.; 2 Bl. Com. 21; Mirehouse on
Advowsons; Com. Dig. Advowson, Quare Impedit; Bac. Ab. Simony; Burn's Eccl.
Law, h. t.; Cruise's Dig. Index, h. t.
AFFECTION, contracts. The making over, pawning, or mortgaging a
thing to assurp the payment of a sum of money, or the discharge of some other
duty or service. Techn. Diet.
AFFEERERS, English law. Those who upon oath settle and moderate
fines in courts leet. Hawk. 1. 2, c. 112.
TO AFFERE, English law. Signifies either "to affere an
amercement," i. e. to mitigate the rigor of a fine; or "to affere an account,"
that is, to confirm it on oath in the exchequer.
AFFIANCE, contracts. From affidare or dare fidem, to give a
pledge. A plighting of troth between a man and woman. Litt. s. 39. Pothier,
Traite du Mariage, n. 24, defines it to be a an agreement by which a man and a
woman promise each other that they will marry together. This word is used by
some authors as synonymous with marriage. Co. Litt. 34, a, note 2. See Dig. 23,
1 Code 5, 1, 4; Extrav. 4, 1.
AFFIDARE. To plight one's faith, or give fealty, i. e. fidelity
by making oath, &c. Cunn. Dict. h. t.
AFFIDATIO DOMINORUM, Eng. law. An oath taken by a lord in
AFFIDAVIT, practice. An oath or affirmation reduced to writing,
sworn or affirmed to before some officer who has authority to administer it. It
differs from a deposition in this, that in the latter the opposite party has
had an opportunity to cross-examine the witness, whereas an affidavit is always
taken ex parte. Gresl. Eq. Ev. 413. Vide Harr. Dig. h. t.
2. Affidavit to hold to bail, is in many cases required before the
defendant can be arrested; such affidavit must be made by a person who is
acquainted with the fact, and must state, 1st, an indebtedness from the
defendant to the plaintiff; 2dly, show a distinct cause of action; 3dly, the
whole must be clearly and certainly, expressed. Sell. Pr. 104; 1 Chit. R. 165;
S. C. 18 Com. Law, R. 59 note; Id. 99.
3. An affidavit of defence, is made by a defendant or a person knowing
the facts, in which must be stated a positive ground of defence on the merits.
1 Ashm. R. 4, 19, n. It has been decided that when a writ of summons has been
served upon three defendants, and only one appears, a judgment for want of an
affidavit of defence may be rendered against au. 8 Watts, R. 367. Vide Bac. Ab.
AFFINITAS AFFINITATIS. That connexion between two persons which
has neither consanguinity nor affinity; as, the connexion between the hushand's
brother and the wife's sister. This connexion is formed not between the parties
themselves, nor between one of spouses and the kinsmen of the other, but
between the kinsmen of both. Ersk. Inst. B, 1, tit. 6, s. 8.
AFFINITY. A connexion formed by marriage, which places the
hushand in the same degree of nominal propinquity to the relations of the wife,
as that in which she herself stands towards them, and gives to the wife the
same reciprocal connexion with the relations of the hushand. It is used in
contradistinction to consanguinity. (q. v.) It is no real kindred.
2. Affinity or alliance is very different from kindred. Kindred are
relations. by blood; affinity is the tie which exists between one of the
spouses with the kindred of the other; thus, the relations, of my wife, her
brothers, her sisters, her uncles, are allied to me by affinity, and my
brothers, sistors, &c., are allied in the same way to my wife. But my
brother and the sister of my wife are not allied by the ties of affinity: This
will appear by the following paradigms
My wife's father ---| | | | | -----------------| | | | |-- are all
allied to me. Ego ----- My Wife 0 My wife's sister ---| | | 0 My wife's niece
---| My wife's father, ---| My Father | |My brother | | |and my wife's | |
|sister are |---------------| |----------| |not allied | | | | |to each other
My brother Ego ---- My wife, My wife's sister, |
3. A person cannot, by legal succession, receive an inheritance from a
relation by affinity; neither does it extend to the nearest relations of
hushand and wife, so as to create a mutual relation between them. The degrees
of affinity are computed in the same way as those of consanguinity. See
Pothier, Traite du Mariage, part 3, ch. 3, art. 2, and see 5 M. R. 296; Inst.
1, 10, 6; Dig. 38, 10, 4, 3; 1 Phillim. R. 210; S. C. 1 Eng. Eccl. R. 72;
TO AFFIRM, practice. 1. To ratify or confirm a former law or
judgment, as when the supreme court affirms the judgment of the court of common
pleas. 2. To make an affirmation, or to testify under an affirmation.
AFFIRMANCE. The confirmation of a voidable act; as, for example,
when an infant enters into a contract, which is not binding upon him, if, after
attaining his full age, he gives his affirmance to it, he will thereafter be
bound, as if it had been made when of full age. 10 N. H. Rep. 194.
2. To be binding upon the infant, the affirmance must be made after
arriving of age, with a full knowledge that it would be void without such
confirmation. 11 S. & R. 305.
3. An affirmance may be express, that is, where the party declares his
determination of fulfilling the contract; but a more acknowledgment is not
sufficient. Dudl. R, 203. Or it may be implied, as, for example, where an
infant mortgaged his land and, at full age, conveyed it, subject to the
mortgage. 15 Mass. 220. See 10 N. H. Rep. 561.
AFFIRMANCE-DAY, GENERAL. In the English Court of Exchequer, is
a day appointed by the judges of the common pleas, and barons of the exchequer,
to be held a few days after the beginning of every term for the general
affirmance or reversal of judgments. 2 Tidd. 1091.
AFFIRMANT, practice. One who makes affirmation instead of
making oath that the evidence which he is about to give shall be the truth, as
if he had been sworn. He is liable to all the pains and penalty of perjury, if
he shall be guilty of wilfully and maliciously violating his affirmation.
AFFIRMATION, practice. A solemn declaration and asseveration,
which a witness makes before an officer, competent to administer an oath in a
like case, to tell the truth, as if be had been sworn.
2. In the United States, generally, all witnesses who declare themselves
conscientiously scrupulous against taking a corporal oath, are permitted to
make a solemn affirmation, and this in all cases, as well criminal as
3. In England, laws have been enacted which partially relieve persons
who, have conscientious scruples against taking an oath, and authorize them to
make affirmation. In France, the laws which allow freedom of religious opinion,
have received the liberal construction that all persons are to be sworn or
affirmed according to the dictates of their consciences; and a quaker's
affirmation has been received and held of the same effect as an oath. Merl.
Quest. de Droit, mot Serment, 1.
4. The form is to this effect: "You, A B, do solemnly, sincerely, and
truly declare and affirm," &c. For the violation of the truth in such case,
the witness is subject to the punishment of perjury " as if he had been
5. Affirmation also means confirming; as, an affirmative statute.
AFFIRMATiVE. Averring a fact to be true; that which is opposed
to negative. (q. v.)
2. It is a general rule of evidence that the affirmative of the issue
must be proved. Bull. N. P. 298 ; Peake, Ev. 2.
3. But when the law requires a person to do an act, and the neglect of
it, will render him guilty and punishable, the negative must be proved, because
every man is presumed to do his duty and in that case they who affirm he did
not, must prove it. B. N. P. 298; 1 Roll. R. 83; Comb. 57; 3 B.& P. 307; 1
Mass. R. 56.
AFFIRMATIVE PREGNANT, Pleading. An affirmative allegation,
implying some negative, in favor of the adverse party, for example, if to an
action of assumpsit, which is barred by the act of limitations of six years,
the defendant pleads that be did not undertake &c. within ten years; a
replication that he did undertake, &c. within ten years, would be an
affirmative pregnant; since it would impliedly admit that the defendant had not
promised within six years. As no proper issue could be tendered upon such plea
the plaintiff should, for that reason, demur to it. Gould, PI. c. 6 29, 37;
Steph. PI. 381; Lawes, Civ. PI. 113; Bac. Ab. Pleas, N 6.
AFFORCE, AFFORCEMENT OF THE ASSIZE, Old English law, practice.
An ancient practice in trials by jury, which is explained by Bracton, (fo. 185,
b. 292 a) and by the author of Fleta, lib. 4, cap. 9, 2. It consisted in adding
other jurors to the panel of jurors, after the cause had been committed to
them, in case they could not agree in a verdict. The author of Fleta (ubi sup)
thus describes it. The oath having been administered to the jury, the
(prenotarius) prothonotary, addressed them thus: "You will say upon the oath
you have taken, whether such a one unjustly and without judgment disseized such
a one of his freehold in such a ville within three years or not." The justices
also repeat for the instruction of, the jurors the plaint of the plaintiff,
&c. The jurors then retire and confer together, &c.;If the jurors
differ among themselves and cannot agree in one (sententiam) finding, it will
be in the discretion of the judges, &c; to afforce the assize by others,
provided there remain of the jurors summoned many as the major party of the
dissenting jurors; or they may compel the same jurors to unanimity, viz. by
directing the sheriff to keep them safely without, meat or drink until they
agree. The object of adding to the panel a number equal to the major party of
the dissenting jurors, was to ensure a verdict by twelve of them, if the jurors
thus added to the panel should concur with the minor party of the dissenting
jurors. This practice of afforcing the assize, was in reality a second trial of
the cause, and was abandoned, because the courts found it would save delay and
trouble by insisting upon unanimity. The practice of confining jurors without
meat and drink in order to enforce unanimity, has in more modern times also
been abandoned and the more rational practice adopted of discharging the jury
and summoning a new one for the trial of the cause, in cases where they cannot
agree. This expedient for enforcing unanimity was probably introduced from the
canon law, as we find it was resorted to on the continent, in other cases where
the unanimity of a consultative or deliberative body was deemed indispensable.
See Barring. on Stats. 19, 20; 1, Fournel, Hist. des Avocats, 28, note.
TO AFFRANCHISE. To make free.
AFFRAY, criminal law. The fighting of two or more persons, in
some public place, to the terror of the people.
2. To constitute this offence there must be, 1st, a fighting; 2d, the
fighting must be between two or more persons; 3d, it must be in some public
place ; 4th, it must be to the terror of the people.
3. It differs from a riot, it not being premeditated; for if any persons
meet together upon any lawful or innocent occasion, and happen on a sudden to
engage in fighting, they are not guilty of a riot but an affray only; and in
that case none are guilty except those actually engaged in it. Hawk. b. 1, c.
65, s. 3 ; 4 Bl. Com. 146; 1 Russell, 271.
AFFREIGHTMEET, Com. law. The contract by which a vessel or the
use of it, is let out to hire. See Freight; General ship.
AFORESAID. Before mentioned; already spoken of. This is used for
the purpose of identifying a person or thing; as where Peter, of the city of
Philadelphia, has been mentioned; when it is necessary to speak of him, it is
only requisite to say Peter aforesaid, and if the city of Philadelphia, it may
be done as the city of Philadelphia, aforesaid.
AFORETHOUGHT, crim. law. Premeditated, prepense; the length of
time during which the accused has entertained the thought of committing the
offence is not very material, provided he has in fact entertained such thought;
he is thereby rendered criminal in a greater degree than if he had committed
the offence without. premeditation. Vide Malice; aforethought; Premeditation 2
Chit. Cr. 785; 4 Bl. Com. 199; Fost. 132, 291, 292; Cro. Car. 131; Palm. 545;
W. Jones, 198; 4 Dall. R. 146; 1 P. A. Bro. App. xviii.; Addis. R. 148; 1 Ashm.
AFTERMATH. A right to have the last crop of grass or pasturage.
1 Chit. Pr. 181.
AGAINST THE FORM OF THE STATUTE. When a statute prohibits a
thing to be done, and an action is brought for the breach of the statute, the
declaration or indictment must conclude against the form of the statute. See
Contra formam statuti.
AGAINST THE WILL, pleadings. In indictments for robbery from the
person, the words "feloniously and against the will," must be introduced; no
other words or phrase will sufficiently charge the offence. 1 Chit. Cr.
AGARD. An old word which signifies award. It is used in
pleading, as nul agard, no award;
AGE. The time when the law allows persons to do acts which, for
want of years, they were prohibited from doing before. See Coop. Justin.
2. For males, before they arrive at fourteen years they are said not to
be of discretion; at that age they may consent to marriage and choose a
guardian. Twenty-one years is full age for all private purposes, and the may
then exercise their rights as citizens by voting for public officers; and are
eligible to all offices, unless otherwise provided for in the constitution. At
25, a man may be elected a representative in Congress; at 30, a senator; and at
35, he may be chosen president of the United States. He is liable to serve in
the militia from 18 to 45. inclusive, unless exempted for some particular
3. As to females, at 12, they arrive at years of discretion and may
consent to marriage; at 14, they may choose a guardian; and 21, as in males, is
fun Age, when they may exercise all the rights which belong to their sex.
4. In England no one can be chosen member of parliament till he has
attained 21 years; nor be ordained a priest under the age of 24; nor made a
bishop till he has completed his 30th year. The age of serving in the militia
is from 16 to 45 years.
5. By the laws of France many provisions are made in respect to age,
among wbich are the following. To be a member of the legislative body, the
person must have attained 40 years; 25, to be a judge of a tribunal de remiere
instance; 27, to be its president, or to be judge or clerk of a cour royale ;
30, to be its president or procureur general; 25, to be a justice of the peace;
30, to be judge of a tribunal of commerce, and 35, to be its president; 25, to
be a notary public; 21, to be a testamentary witness; 30, to be a juror. At 16,
a minor may devise one half of his, property as if he were a major. A male
cannot contract marriage till after the 18th year, nor a female before full 15
years. At 21, both males and females are capable to perform all the act's of
civil life.. – Toull. Dr. Civ. Fr. Liv. 1, Intr. n. 188.
6. In the civil law, the age of a man was divided as follows: namely,
the infancy of males extended to the full accomplishment of the 14th year; at
14, he entered the age of puberty, and was said to have acquired full puberty
at 18 years accomplished, and was major on completing his 25th year. A female
was an infant – til 7 years; at 12, she entered puberty, and accquired
full puberty at 14; she became of fall age on completing her 25th year. Lecons
Elem. du Dr. Civ. Rom. 22.See Com. Dig. Baron and Feme, B 5, Dower, A, 3,
Enfant, C 9, 10, 11, D 3, Pleader, 2 G 3, 2 W 22, 2 Y 8; Bac. Ab. Infancy and
Age; 2 Vin. Ab. 131; Constitution of the United States; Domat. Lois Civ.tome 1,
p. 10; Merlin, Repert. de Jurisp. mot Age; Ayl. Pand. 62; 1 Coke Inst. 78; 1
Bl. Com. 463. See Witness.
AGE-PRAYER, AGE-PRIER, oetatis precatio. English law, practise.
Wnen an action is brought against an infant for lands which he hath by descent,
he may show this to the court, and pray quod loquela remaneat until he shall
become of age; which is called his age-prayer. Upon this being ascertained, the
proceedings are stayed accordingly. When the lands did not descend, he is not
allowed this privilege. 1 Lilly's Reg. 54.
AGED WITNESS. When a deposition is wanted to be taken on account
of the age of a witness, he must be at least seventy years old to be considered
an aged witness. Coop. Eq. PI. 57; Amb. R. 65; 13 Ves. 56, 261.
AGENCY, contracts. An agreement, express , or implied, by which
one of the parties, called the principal, confides to the other, denominated
the agent, the management of some business; to be transacted in his name, or on
his account, and by which the agent assumes to do the business and to render an
account of it. As a general rule, whatever a man do by himself, except in
virtue of a delegated authority, he may do by an agent. Combee's Case, 9 Co.
75. Hence the maxim qui facit per alium facit per se.
2. When the agency express, it is created either by deed, or in writing
not by deed, or verbally without writing. 3 Chit. Com. Law 104; 9 Ves. 250; 11
Mass. Rep. 27; Ib. 97, 288; 1 Binn. R. 450. When the agency is not express, it
may be inferred from the relation of the parties and the nature of the
employment, without any proof of any express appointment. 1 Wash. R. 19; 16
East, R. 400; 5 Day's R. 556.
3. The agency must be antecedently given, or subsequently adopted; and
in the latter case there must be an act of recognition, or an acquiescence in
the act of the agent, from which a recognition may be fairly implied. 9 Cranch,
153, 161; 26 Wend. 193, 226; 6 Man. & Gr. 236, 242; 1 Hare & Wall. Sel.
Dec. 420; 2 Kent, Com. 478; Paley on Agency; Livermore on Agency.
4. An agency may be dissolved in two ways – 1, by the act of the
principal or the agent; 2, by operation of law.
5. – 1. The agency may be dissolved by the aet of one of the
parties. 1st. As a general rule, it may be laid down that the principal has a
right to revoke the powers which he has given; but this is subject to some
exception, of which the following are examples. When the principal has
expressly stipulated that the authority shall be irrevocable, and the agent has
an interest in its execution; it is to be observed, however, that although
there may be an express agreement not to revoke, yet if the agent has no
interest in its execution, and there is no consideration for the agreement, it
will be considered a nude pact, and the authority may be revoked. But when an
authority or power is coupled with an interest, or when it is given for a
valuable consideration, or when it is a part of a security, then, unless there
is an express stipulation that it shall be revocable, it cannot be revoked,
whether it be expressed on the face of the instrument giving the authority,
that it be so, or not. Story on Ag. 477; Smith on Merc. L. 71; 2 Liv. on Ag.
308; Paley on Ag. by Lloyd, 184; 3 Chit. Com. f. 223; 2 Mason's R. 244; Id.
342; 8 Wheat. R. 170; 1 Pet. R. 1; 2 Kent, Com. 643, 3d edit.; Story on Bailm.
209; 2 Esp. R. 665; 3 Barnw. & Cressw. 842; 10 Barnw. & Cressw. 731; 2
Story, Eq. Jur. 1041, 1042, 1043
6. – 2. The ageacy may be determined by the renunciation of the
agent. If the renunciation be made after it has been partly executed, the agent
by renouncing it, becomes liable for the damages which may thereby be sustained
by his principal. Story on Ag. 478; Story on Bailm. 436; Jones on Bailm. 101; 4
John r. 84.
7. – 2 The agency is revoked by operation of law in the following
cases: 1st. When the agency terminates by the expiration of the period, during
which it was to exist, and to have effect; as, if an agency be created to
endure a year, or till the happening of a contingency, it becomes extinct at
the end or on the happening of the contingency.
8. – 2. When a change of condition, or of state, produces an
incapacity in either party; as, if the principal, being a woman, marry, this
would be a revocation, because the power of creating an agent is founded on the
right of the principal to do the business himself, and a married woman has no
such power. For the same reason, when the principal becomes insane, the agency
is ipso facto revoked. 8 Wheat. R. 174, 201 to @04; Story on Ag. 481; Story on
Bailm. 206. 2 Liv. on Ag. 307. The incapacity of the agent also amounts to a
revocation in law, as in case of insanity, and the like, which renders an agent
altogether incompetent, but the rule does not reciprocally apply in its full
extent. For instance, an infant or a married woman may in some cases be agents,
althouah they cannot act for themselves. Co. Litt. 52a.
9. – 3. The death of either principal or agent revokes the agency,
unless in cases where the agent has an interest in the thing actually vested in
the agent. 8 Wheat. R. 174; Story on Ag. 486 to 499; 2 Greenl. R. 14, 18; but
see 4 W. & S. 282; 1 Hare & Wall. Sel. Dec. 415.
10. – 4. The agency is revoked in law, by the extinction of the
subject-matter of the agency, or of the principal's power over it, or by the
complete execution of the trust. Story on Bailm. 207, Vide generally, 1 Hare
& Wall. Sel. Dec. 384, 422; Pal. on Ag.; Story on Ag.; Liv. on Ag.; 2 Bouv.
Inst. n. 1269-1382.
AGENT, practice. An agent is an attorney who transacts the
business of another attorney.
2. The agent owes to his principal the unremitted exertions of his skil
and ability, and that all his transactions in that character, shall be
distinguished by punctuality, honor and integrity. Lee's Dict. of Practice.
AGENT, international law. One who is employed by a prince to
manage his private affairs, or, those of his subjects in his name, near a
foreign, government. Wolff, Inst. Nat. 1237.
AGENT, contracts. One who undertakes to manage some affair to
be transacted for another, by his authority on account of the latter, who is
called the principal, and to render an account of it.
2. There are various descriptiona of agents, to whom different
appellations are given according to the nature of their employments; as
brokers, factors, supercargoes, attorneys, and the like; they are all included
in this general term. The authority is created either by deed, by simple
writing, by parol, or by mere employment, according to the capacity of the
parties, or the nature of the act to be done. It is, therefore, express or
implied. Vide Authority.
3. It is said to be general or special with reference to its object,
i.e., according as it is confined to a single act or is extended to all acts
connected with a particular emplowment.
4. With reference to the manner of its execution, it is either limited
or unlimited, i. e. the agent is bound by precise instructions, (q. v.) or left
to pursue his own discretion. It is the duty of an agent, 1, To perform what he
has undertaken in relation to his agency. 2, To use all necessary care. 3, To
render an account. Pothier, Tr. du Contrat de Mandat, passim; Paley, Agency, 1
and 2; 1 Livrm. Agency, 2; 1 Suppl. to Ves. Jr. 67, 97, 409; 2 Id. 153, 165,
240; Bac. Abr. Master and Servant, 1; 1 Ves. Jr. R. 317. Vide Smith on Merc.
Law, ch. 3, p. 43,. et seq. and the articles Agency, Authority, and
5. Agents are either joint or several. It is a general rule of ther
common law, that when an authority is given to two or more persons to do an
act, and there is no several authority given, all the ageuts must concur in
doing it, in order to bind the principal. 3 Pick. R. 232; 2 Pick. R. 346; 12
Mass. R. 185; Co. Litt. 49 b, 112 b, 113, and Harg. n. 2; Id. 181 b. 6 Pick. R.
198 6 John. R. 39; 5 Barn. & Ald. 628.
6. This rule has been so contrued that when the authority is given
jointly and severally to three person, two cannot properly execute it; it must
be done by all or by one only. Co. Litt. 181 b; Com. Dig. Attorney, C 11; but
if the authority is so worded that it is apparent, the principal intended to
give power to either of them, an execution by two will be valid. Co. Litt. 49
b; Dy. R. 62; 5 Barn. & Ald. 628. This rule aplies to private agencies:
for, in public agencies an authority executed by a major would be sufficient. 1
Co. Litt. 181b; Com. Dig. Attorney, C 15; Bac. Ab. Authority, C; 1 T. R.
7. The rule in commercial transactions however, is very different; and
generally when there are several agents each possesses the whole power. For
example, on a consignment of goods for sale to two factors, (whether they are
partners or not,) each of them is understood to possess the whole power over
the goods for the purposes of the consigment. 3 Wils. R. 94, 114; Story on Ag.
8. As to the persons who are capable of becoming agents, it may be
observed, that but few persons are excluded from acting as agents, or from
exercising authority delegated to them by others. It is not, therefore,
requisite that a person be sui juris, or capable of acting in his own right, in
order to be qualified to act for others. Infants, femes covert, persons
attainted or outlawed, aliens and other persons incompetent for many purposes,
may act as agents for others. Co. Litt. 62; Bac. Ab. Authority, B; Com. Dig.
Attorney, C 4; Id. Baron and Feme, P 3; 1 Hill, S. Car. R. 271; 4 Wend. 465; 3
Miss. R. 465; 10 John. R. 114; 3 Watts, 39; 2 S. & R. 197; 1 Pet. R.
9. But in the case of a married woman, it is to be observed, that she
cannot be an agent for another when her husband expressly dissents,
particularly when he may be rendered liable for her acts. Persons who have
clearly no understanding, as idiots and lunatics cannot be agents for others.
Story on Ag. 7.
10. There is another class who, though possessing understanding, are
incapable of acting as agents for others; these are persons whose duties and
characters are incompatible with their obligations to the principal. For
example, a person cannot act as agent in buying for another, goods belonging to
himself. Paley on Ag. by Lloyd, 33 to 38; 2 Ves. Jr. 317.
11. An agent has rights which he can enforce, and is, liable to
obligations which he must perform. These will be briefly considered:
1. The rights to which agents are entitled, arise from obligations due
to them by their principals, or by third persons.
12 – 1. Their rights against their principals are, 1., to receive a
just compensation for their services, when faithfully performed, in execution
of a lawful agency, unless such services, are entirely gratuitous, or the
agreement between the parties repels such a claim; this compensation, usually
called a commission, is regulated either by particulaar agreement, or by the
usage of trade, or the presumed intention of the parties. 8 Bing. 65; 1 Caines,
349; 2 Caines, 357.
2. To be reimbursed all their just advances, expenses and disbursemnts
made in the course of their agency, on account of, or for the benefit of their
principal; 2 Liverm. on Ag. 11-23; Story on Ag. 335; Story on Bailm. 196; Smith
on Mer. Law, 56; 6 East, 392; and also to be paid interest upon such advances,
whenever from the nature of the business, or the usage of trade, or the
particular agreement of the parties, it may be fairly presumed to have been
stipulated for, or due to the agent. 7 Wend. 315; 3 Binn. 295; 3 Caines, 226; 3
Camp. 467; 15 East, 223.
13. Besides the personal remedies which an agent has to enfored his
claims against his principal for his commissions and, advancements, he has a
lien upon the property of the principal in his hand. See Lien, and Story on Ag.
351 to 390.
14. – 2. The rights of agents against third penons arise, either on
contracts made between such third persons and them, or in consequence of torts
committed by the latter. 1. The rights of agents against third persons on
contracts, are, 1st, when the contract is in writing and made expressly with
the agent, and imports to be a contract personally with him, although he may be
known to act as an agent; as, for example, when a promissory note is given to
the agent as such, for the benefit of his principal, and the promise is to pay
the money to the agent, oe nomine. Story on Ag. 393, 394; 8 Mass. 103; see 6
S.& R. 420; 1 Lev. 235; 3 Camp. 320; 5 B.& A. 27. 2d. When the agent is
the only known or ostensible pincipal, and therefore, is in contemplation of
law, the real contracting party. Story on Ag. 226, 270, 399. As, if an agent
sell goods of his principal in his own name, as if he were the owner, he is
entitled to sue the buyer in his own name; although his prncipal may also sue.
12 Wend. 413; 5 M.& S. 833. And on the other hand, if he so buy, he may
enforce the contract by action. 3d. When, by the usage of trade, the agent is
authorized to act as owner, or as a principal contracting party, although his
character as agent is known, he may enforce his contract by action. For
example, an auctioner, who sells the goods of another may maintain an action
for the price, because he has a possession coupled with an interest in the
goods, and it is a general rule, that whenever an agent, though known as such,
has a special property in the subject-matter of the contract, and not a
bare-custody, or when he has acquired an interest, or has a lien upon it, he
may sue upon the contract. 2 Esp. R. 493; 1 H. Bl. 81, 84; 6 Wheat. 665; 3
Chit. Com.Law, 10; 3 B. & A. 276. But this right to bring an action by
agents is subordinate to the rights of the principal, who may, unless in
particular cases, where the agent has a lien, or some other vested right, bring
a suit himself, and suspend or extinguish the right of the agent. 7 Taunt. 237,
243; 2 Wash. C. C. R. 283. 2. Agents are entitled to actions against third
persons for torts committed against them in the course of their agency. 1st.
They may maintain actions, of trespass or trover against third persons for any
torts or injuries affecting their possession of the goods which they hold as
agents. Story on Ag. 414; 13 East, 135; 9 B. & Cressw. 208; 1 Hen. Bl. 81.
2d. When an agent has been induced by the fraud of a third person to sell or
buy goods for his principal, and he has sustained loss, he may maintain an
action against such third person for such wrongful act, deceit, or fraud. Story
on Ag. 415.
15 – 2. Agents are liable for their acts, 1, to their principals;
and 2, to third person.
16. – 1. The liabilities of agents to their principals arise from a
violation of their duties and obligations to the principal, by exceeding their
authority, by misconduct, or by any negligence or omission, or act by which the
principal sustains a loss. 3 B. & Adol. 415; 12 Pick. 328. Agents may
become liable for damages and loss under a special contract, contrary to the
general usages of trade. They may also become responsible when charging a del
credere commission. Story on Ag. 234.
17. – 2. Agents become liable to third persons; 1st, on their
contract; 1, when the agent, undertakes to do an act for another, and does not
possess a sufficient authority from the principal, and that is unknown to the
other party, he will be considered as having acted for himself as a principal.
3 B. 9 Adol. 114. 2. When the agent does not disclose his agency, he will be
considered as a principal; 2 Ep. R. 667; 15 East, 62; 12 Ves. 352; 16 Martin's
R. 530; and, in the case of agents or factors, acting for merchants in a
foreign country, they will be considered liable whether they disclose their
principal or not, this being the usage of the trade; Paley on Ag. by Lloyd,
248, 373; 1 B.& P. 368; but this presumption may be rebutted by proof of a
contrary agreement. 3. The agent will be liable when he expressly, or by
implication, incurs a personal responsibility. Story on Ag. 156-159. 4. When
the agent makes a contract as such, and there is no other responsible as
principal, to whom resort can be had; as, if a man sign a note as "guardian of
AB," an infant; in that case neither the infant nor his property will be
liable, and the agent alone will be responsible. 5 Mass. 299; 6 Mass., 58. 2d.
Agents become liable to third persons in regard to torts or wrongs done by them
in the course of their agency. A distinction has been made, in relation to
third persons, between acts of misfeasance and non-feasance: an agent is,
liable for the former, under certain circumstances, but not for the latter; he
being responsible for his non-feasance only to his principal. Story on Ag. 309,
310. An agent is liable for misfeasance as to third persons, when,
intentionally or ignorantly, he commits a wrong, although authorized by his
principal, because no one can lawfully authorize another to commit a wrong upon
the rights or property of another. 1 Wils. R. 328; 1 B. & P. 410. 3d. An
agent is liable to refund money, when payment to him is void ab initio, so
that, the money was never received for the use of his principal, and he is
consequently not accountable to the latter for it, if he has not actually paid
it over at the time he receives notice of the take. 2 Cowp. 565; 10 Mod. 233;
M.& S. 344. But unless "caught with the money in his possession," the agent
is not responsible. 2 Moore, 5; 8 Taunt. 136; 9 Bing. 878; 7 B.& C. 111; 1
Cowp. 69; 4 Taunt. 198. This last rule is, however, subject to this
qualification, that the money shall have been lawfully received by the agent;
for if, in receiving it, the agent was a wrongdoer, he will not be exempted
from liability by payment to his principal. 1 Campb. 396; 8 Bing. 424; 1 T. R.
62; 2 Campb. 122; 1 Selw. N. P. 90, n.; 12 M. & W. 688; 6 A.& Ell. N.
S. 280; 1 Taunt. 359; 3 Esp. 153. See Diplomatic agent.
AGENT AND PATIENT. This phrase is used to indicate the state of
a person who is required to do a thing, and is at the same time the person to
wbom it is done; as, when a man is indebted to another, and he appoints him his
executor, the latter is required to pay the debt in his capacity of executor,
and entitled to receive it in his own right, he is then agent and patient.
Termes de la ley.
AGGRAVATION, crimes, torts. That which increases the enormity
of a crime or the injury of a wrong. The opposite of extenuation.
2. – When a crime or trespass has been committed under aggravating
circumstances, it is punished with more severity; and, the damages given to
vindicate the wrong are greater.
AGGRAVATION, in pleading. The introduction of matter into the
declaration which tends to increase the amount of damages, but does not affect
the right of action itself. Steph. Pl. 257; 12 Mod. 597. See 3 An. Jur. 287,
313. An example of this is found in the case where a plaintiff declares in
trespass for entering his house, and breaking his close, and tossing his goods
about; the entry of the house is the principal ground and foundation of the
action, and the rest is only stated by way of agravation; 3 Wils. R. 294; and
this matter need not be proved by the plintiff or answered by the
AGGREGATE. A collection of particular persons or items, formed
into one body; as a corporation aggregate, which is one formed of a number of
natural persons; the union of individual charges make an aggregate charge.
AGGRESSOR, crim. law. He who begins, a quarrel or dispute,
either by threatening or striking another. No man may strike another because he
has threatened, or in consequence of the use of any words.
AGIO, aggio. This term is used to denote the difference of price
beteen the value of bank notes and nominal money, and the coin of the country.
AGIST, in contrads. The taking of other men's cattle on one's
own ground at a certain rate. 2 Inst. 643; 4 Inst. 293.
AGISTER. One who takes horses or other animals to agist.
2. The agister is not, like an innkeeper, bound to take all horses
offered to him, nor is he liable for any injury done to such animals in his
care, unless he has been guilty of negligence, or from his ignorance,
negligence may be inferred. Holt's R. 457.
AGISTMENT, contracts. The taking of another person's cattle into
one's own ground to be fed, for a consideration to be paid by the owner. The
person who receives the cattle is called an agister.
2. An agister is bound to ordinary diligence, and of course is
responsible for loses by ordinary negligence; but he does not insure the safety
of the cattle agisted. Jones, Bailm. 91; I Bell's Com. 458; Holt's N. P. Rep.
547; Story, Bail. 443; Bac. Ab. Tythes, C l.
AGNATES. In the sense of the Roman law were those whose
propinquity was connected by males only; in the relation of cognates, one or
more females were interposed.
2. By the Scotch lanv, agnates are all those who ar related by the
father, even though females intervene; cognates are those who are related by
the mother. Ersk. L. Scot. B. 1, t. 7, s. 4.
AGNATI, in descents. Relations on the father's side: they are
different from the cognati, they being relations on the mother's side, affines,
who are allied by marriage, and the propinqui, or relations in general. 2 Bl.
Com. 235; Toull. Dr. Civ. Fr. tome 1, p. 139; Poth. Pand. Tom. 22, p. 27.
AGNATION, in descents. The relation by blood which exists
between such males as are descended from the same father; in distinction from
cognation or consanguinity, which includes the descendants from females. This
term is principally used in the civil law.
AGRARIAN LAW. Among the Romans, this name was given to a law,
which had for its object, the division among the people of all the lands which
had been conquered, and which belonged to the domain of the state.
AGREEMENT, contract. The consent of two or more persons
concurring, respecting the transmissiou of some property, right or benefit,
with a view of contracting an obligation. Bac. Ab. h.t.; Com. Dig. h.t.; Vin.
Ab. h.t.; Plowd. 17; 1 Com. Contr. 2; 5 East's R. 16. It will be proper to
consider, 1, the requisites of an agreement; 2, the kinds of agreements; 3, how
they are annulled.
2. – 1. To render an agreement complete six things must concur;
there must be, 1, a person able to contract; 2, a person able to be contracted
with; 3, a thing to be contracted for; 4, a lawful consideration, or quid pro
quo; 5, words to express the agreement; 6, the assent of the contracting
parties. Plowd. 161; Co. Litt. 35, b.
3. – 2. As to their form, agreements are of two kinds; 1, by parol,
or, in writing, as contradistinguished from specialties; 2, by specialty, or
under seal. In relation to their performance, agreements are executed or
executory. An agreement is said to be executed when two or more persons make
over their respective rights in a thing to one another, and thereby change the
property therein, either presently and at once, or at a future time, upon some
event that shall give it full effect, without either party trusting to the
other; as where things are bought, paid for and delivered. Executory
agreements, in the ordinary acceptation of the term, are such contracts as rest
on articles, memorandums, parol promises, or undertakings, and the like, to be
performed in future, or which are entered into preparatory to more solemn and
formal alienations of prtperty. Powel on Cont. Agreements are also conditional
and unconditional. They are conditional when some condition must be fulfilled
before they can have full effect; they are unconditional when there is no
4. – 3. Agreements are annulled or rendered of no effect, first, by
the acts of the parties, as, by payment; release – accord and satisfction;
rescission, which is express or implied; 1 Watts & Serg. 442; defeasance;
by novation: secondly, by the acts of the law, as, confusion; merger; lapse of
time; death, as when a man who has bound himself to teach an apprentice, dies;
extinction of the thing which is the subject of the contract, as, when the
agreement is to deliver a certain horse and before the time of delivery he
dies. See Discharge of a Contract.
5. The writing or instrument containing an agreement is also called an
agreement, and sometimes articles of agreement.(q. V.)
6. It is proper, to remark that there is much dfference between an
agreement and articles of agreement which are only evidence of it. From the
moment that the parties have given their consent, the agreement or contraet is
formed, and, whether it can be proved or not, it has not less the quality to
bind both contracting parties. A want of proof does not make it null, because
that proof may be supplied aliunde, and the moment it is obtained, the contract
may be enforced.
7. Again, the agreement may be mull, as when it was obtained by fraud,
duress, and the like; and the articles of agreement may be good, as far as the
form is concerned. Vide Contract. Deed; Guaranty; Parties to Contracts.
AGRI. Arable land in the common fields. Cunn. Dict. h. t.
AGRICULTURE. The art of cultivating the earth in order to obtain
from it the divers things it can produce; and particularly what is useful to
man, as grain, fruit's, cotton, flax, and other things. Domat, Dr. Pub. liv.
tit. 14, s. 1, n. 1.
AID AND COMFORT. The constitution of the United States, art. 8,
s. 3, declares, that adhering to the enemies of the United States, giving them
aid and comfort, shall be treason. These words, as they are to be understood in
the constitution, have not received a full judicial construction. They import,
however, help, support, assistance, countenance, encouragement. The word aid,
which oocurs in the Stat. West. 1, c. 14, is explained by Lord Coke (2 just.
182) as comprehending all persons counselling, abetting, plotting, assenting,
consenting, and encouraging to do the act, (and he adds, what is not applicable
to the Crime to treason,) who are not present when the act is done, See, also,
1 Burn's Justice, 5, 6; 4 Bl. Com. 37, 38.
AID PRAYER, English law. A petition to the court calling in help
from another person who has an interest in the matter in dispute. For example,
a tenant for life, by the courtesy or for years, being impleaded, may pray aid
of him in reversion; that is, desire the court that he may be called by writ,
to allege what he thinks proper for the maintenance of the right of the person
calling him, and of his own. F. N. B. 60; Cowel.
AIDERS, crim. law. Those who assist, aid, or abet the principal,
and who are principals in the second degree. 1. Russell, 21.
AIDS, Engl. law. Formerly they were certain sums of money
granted by the tenant to his lord in times of difficulty and distress, but, as
usual in such cases, what was received as a gratuity by the rich and powerful
from the weak and poor, was soon claimed as a matter of right; and aids became
a species of tax to be paid by the tenant to his lord, in these cases: 1. To
ransom the lord's person, when taken priisoner; 2. To make the lord's eldest
son a knight; – 3. To marry the lord's eldest daughter, by giving her a
suitable portion. The first of these remained uncertain; the other two were
fixed by act of parliament at twenty shillings each being the supposed
twentieth part of a knight's fee, 2 Bl. Com. 64.
AILE or AYLE, domestic relations. This is a corruption of the
French word aieul, grandfather, avus. 3.Bl. Com. 186.
AIR. That fluid transparent substance which surrounds our
2. No property can be had in the air it belongs equally to all men,
being indispensable to their existence. To poison or materially to change the
air, to the annoyance of the public, is a nuisance. Cro. Cr. 610; 2 Ld. Raym
1163; I Burr. 333; 1 Str. 686 Hawk. B. 1, c. 75, s. 10; Dane's Ab. Index h. t.
But this must be understood with this qualification, that no one has a right to
use the air over another man's land, in such a manner as to be injurious to
him. See 4 Campb. 219; Bowy. Mod. Civ. Law, 62; 4 Bouv. Inst. n. 36 1; Grot.
Droit de la Guerre et de la Paix, liv. 2, c. 2, 3, note, 3 et 4.
3. It is the right of the proprietor of an estate to enjoy the light and
air that will come to him, and, in general, no one has a right to deprive him
of them; but sometimes in building, a man opens windows over his neighbor's
ground, and the latter, desirous of building on his own ground, necessarily
stops the windows already built, and deprives the first builder of light and
air; this he has the right to do, unless the windows are ancient lights, (q.
v.) or the proprietor has acquired a right by grant or prescription to have
such windows open. See Crabb on R. P. 444 to 479 and Plan. Vide Nuisance.
AJUTAGE. A conical tube, used in drawing water through an
aperture, by the use of which the quantity of water drawn is much increased.
When a privilege to draw water from a canal through the forebay or tunnel by
means of in aperture has been granted, it is not lawful to add an adjutage,
unless such was the intention of the parties. 2 Whart. R. 477.
ALABAMA. The name of one of the new states of the United States
of America. This state was admitted into the Union by the resolution of
congress, approved December 14th, 1819, 3 Sto. L. U. S. 1804, by which it is
resolved that the state of Alabama shall be one, and is hereby declared to be
one of the United States of America, and admitted into the Union on an equal
footing with the original states, in all respects whatever. The convention
which framed the constitution in this state, assembled at the town of
Huntsville on Monday the fifth day of July, 1819, and continued in session by
adjournment, until the second day of August, 1819, when the constitution was
2. The powers of the government are divided by the constitution into
three distinct, departments; and each of them confided to a separate body of
magistracy, to wit: those which are legislative, to one; those which are
executive, to another; and those which are judicial, to a third. Art. 2,
3. – 1. The legislative power of the state is vested in two
distinct branches; the one styled the senate, the other the house of
representatives, and both together, the general assembly of the state of
Alabama. 1. The senate is never to be less than one-fourth nor more than
one-third of the whole number of representatives. Senators are chosen by the
qualified electors for the term of three years, at the same time, in the same
manner, and at the same place, where they vote for members of the house of
representatives; one-third of the whole number of senators are elected every
year. Art. 3, s. 12. 2. The house of representatives is to consist of not less
than forty-four, nor more than sixty members, until the number of white
inhabitant's shall be one hundred thousand; and after that event, the whole
number of representatives shall never be less than sixty, nor more than one
hundred. Art. 3, B. 9. The members of the house of representatives are chosen
by the qualified electors for the term of one year, from the commencement of
the general election, and no longer.
4. – 2. The supreme executive power is vested in a chief
magistrate, styled the governor of the state of Alabama. He is elected by the
qualified electors, at the time and places when they respectively vote for
representatives; he holds his office for the term of two years from the time of
his installation, and until a successor is duly qualified; and is not eligible
more than four years in any term of six years. t. 4. He is invested, among
other things, with the veto power. Ib. s. 16. In cases of vacancies, the
president of the senate acts as governor. Art. 4, s. 18.
5. – 3. The judicial power is vested in one supreme court, circuit
courts to be held in each county in the state, and such inferior courts of law
and, equity, to consist of not more than five members, as the general assembly
may, from time to time direct, ordain, and establish. Art. 6, S. 1.
ALBA FIRMA. Eng. law. When quit rents were reserved payable in
silver or white money, they wero called white rents, or blanch farms reditus
albi. When they were reserved payable in work, grain, or the like, they were
called reditus nigri or black mail. 2 Inst. 19.
ALCADE, Span. law. The name of a judicial officer in Spain, and
in those countries which have received the body of their laws from those of
ALDERMAN. An officer, generally appointed or elected in towns
corporate, or cities, possessing various powers in different places.
2. The aldermen of the cities of Pennsylvania, possess all the powers
and jurisdictions civil and criminal of justices of the peace. They are
besides, in conjunction with the respective mayors or recorders, judges of ibe
3. Among the Saxons there was an officer called the ealderman.
ealdorman, or aldernwn, which appellation signified literally elderman. Like
the Roman senator, he was so called, not on account of his age, but because of
his wisdom and dignity, non propter oetatem sed propter sapientism et
dignitatem. He presided with the bisbop at the scyregemote, and was, ex
officio, a member of the witenagemote. At one time he was a military officer,
but afterwards his office was purely judical.
4. There were several kinds of aldermen, as king's aldermen, aldermen of
all England, aldermen of the county, aldermen of the hundred, &c., to
denote difference of rank and jurisdiction.
ALEA; civil law. The chance of gain or loss in a contract. This
chance results either from the uncertainty of the thing sold, as the effects of
a succession; or from the uncertainty of the price, as when a thing is sold for
an annuity, which is to be greater or less on the happening of a future event;
or it sometimes arises in consequence of the uncertainty of both. 2 Duv. Dr.
Civ. Fr. n. 74.
ALEATORY CONTRACTS, civil law. A mutual agreement, of which the
effects, with respect both to the advantages and losses, whether to all the
parties, or to some of them, depend on an uncertain event. Civ. Code of Louis.
2. – These contracts are of two kinds; namely, 1. When one of the
parties exposes himself to lose something which will be a profit to the other,
in consideration of a sum of money which the latter pays for the risk. Such is
the contract of insurance; the insurer takes all the risk of the sea, and the
assured pays a premium to the former for the risk which he runs.
3. – 2. In the second kind, each runs a risk which is the
consideration of the engagement of the other; for example, when a person buys
an annuity, he runs the risk of losing the consideration, in case of his death
soon after, but he may live so as to receive three times the amount of the
price he paid for it. Merlin, Rep. mot Aleatoire.
ALER SANS JOUR, or aller sans jour, in practice. A French phrase
which means go without day; and is used to signify that the case has been
finally dismissed the court, because there is no further day assigned for
appearance. Kitch. 146.
ALFET, obsolete. A vessel in which hot water was put, for the
purpose of dipping a criminal's arm in it up to the elbow.
ALIA ENORMIA, pleading. And other wrongs. In trespass, the
declaration ought to conclude "and other wrongs to the said plaintiff then and
there did, against the peace," &c.
2. Under this allegation of alia enormia, some matters may be given in
evidence in aggravatiou of damages, though not specified in other parts of the
declaration. Bull. N. P. 89; Holt, R. 699, 700. For example, a trespass for
breaking and entering a house, the plaintiff may, in aggravation of damages,
give in evidence the debauching of his daughter, or the beating of his
servants, under the general allegation alia enormia, &c.;6 Mod. 127.
3. But under the alia nomia no evidence of the loss of service, or any
other matter which would of itself sustain an action; for if it would, it
should be stated specially. In trespass quare clausum fregit, therefore, the
plaintiff would not, under the above general allegation, be permitted to give
evidence of the defendant's taking away a horse, &c. Bull. N. P. 89; Holt,
R. 700; 1 Sid. 225; 2 Salk. 643; 1 Str. 61; 1 Chit. Pl. 388; 2 Greenl. Ev.
ALIAS, practice. This word is prefixed to the name of a second
writ of the same kind issued in the same cause; as, when a summons has been
issued and it is returned by the sheriff, nil, and another is issued, this is
called an alias summons. The term is used to all kinds of writs, as alias fi.
fa., alias vend. exp. and the like. Alias dictus, otherwise called; a
description of the defendant by an addition to his real name of that by wbich
he is bound in the writing; or when a man is indicted and his name is
uncertain, he may be indicted as A B, alias dictus C D. See 4 John. 1118; 1
John. Cas. 243; 2 Caines, R. 362; 3 Caines, R. 219.
ALIBI, in evidence. This is a Latin word which signifies,
2. When a person, charged with a crime, proves (se eadem die fuisse
alibi,) that he was, at the time alleged, in a different place from that in
which it was committed, he is said to prove an alibi, the effect of which is to
lay a founation for the necessary inference, that he could not have committed
it. See Bract. fo. 140, lib. 3, cap. 20, De Corona.
3. This proof is usually made out by the testimony of witnesses, but it
is presumed it might be made out by writings; as if the party could prove by a
record properly authenticated, that on the day or at the time in question, he
was in another place.
4. It must be admitted that mere alibi evidence lies under a great and
general prejudice, and ought to be heard with un-common caution; but if it
appear, to be founded in truth, it is the best negative evidence that can be
offered; it is really positive evidence, which in the nature of things
necessarily implies a negative; and in many cases it is the only evidence which
an innocent man can offer.
ALIEN, persons. One born out of the jurisdiction of the United
States, who has not since been naturalized under their constitution and laws.
To this there are some exceptions, as this children of the ministers of the
United States in foreign courts. See Citizen, Inhabitant.
2. Aliens are subject to disabilities, have rights, and are bound to
perform duties, which will be briefly considered. 1. Disabilities. An alien
cannot in general acquire title to real estate by the descent, or by other mere
operation of law; and if he purchase land, he may be divested of the fee, upon
an inquest of office found. To this general rule there are statutory exceptions
in some of the states; in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Louisiana, New Jersey, Rev. Laws,
604, and Michigan, Rev. St. 266, s. 26, the disability has been removed; in
North Carolina, (but see Mart. R. 48; 3 Dev. R. 138; 2 Hayw. 104, 108; 3 Murph.
194; 4 Dev. 247; Vermont and Virginia, by constitutional provision; and in
Alabama, 3 Stew R. 60; Connecticut, act of 1824, Stat. tit. Foreigners, 251;
Indiana, Rev. Code, a. 3, act of January 25, 1842; Illinois, Kentucky, 1 Litt.
399; 6 Mont. 266 Maine, Rev. St,. tit. 7, c. 93, s. 5 Maryland, act of 1825,
ch. 66; 2 Wheat. 259; and Missouri, Rev. Code, 1825, p. 66, by statutory
provision it is partly so.
3. An alien, even after being naturalized, is ineligible to the office
of president of the United States; and in some states, as in New York, to that
of govenor; he cannot be a member of congress, till the expiration of seven
years after his naturalization. An alien can exercise no political rights
whatever; he cannot therefore vote at any political election, fill any office,
or serve as a juror. 6 John. R. 332.
4. – 2. An alien has a right to acquire personal estate, make and
enforce contracts in relation to the same – he is protected from injuries,
and wrongs, to his person and property, his relative rights and character; he
may sue and be sued.
5. – 3. He owes a temporary local allegiance, and his property is
liable to taxation. Aliens are either alien friends or alien enemies. It is
only alien friends who have the rights above enumerated; alien enemies are
incapable, during the existence of war to sue, and may be ordered out of the
country. See generally, 2 Kent. Com. 43 to 63; 1 Vin. Ab. 157; 13 Vin. ab. 414;
Bac. Ab. h.t.; 1 Saund. 8, n.2; Wheat. Dig. h.t.; Bouv. Inst. Index, h.t.
ALIENAGE. The condition or state of alien.
ALIENATE, aliene, alien. This is a generic term applicable to
the various methods of transfering property from one person to another. Lord
Coke, says, (1 Inst. 118 b,) alien cometh of the verb alienate, that is,
alienum facere vel ex nostro dominio in alienum trawferre sive rem aliquam in
dominium alterius transferre. These methods vary, according to the nature of
the property to be conveyed and the particular objects the conveyance is
designed to accomplish. It has been held, that under a prohibition to alienate,
long leases are comprehended. 2 Dow's Rep. 210.
ALIENATION, estates. Alienation is an act whereby one man
transfers the property and possession of lands, tenements, or other things, to
another. It is commonly applied to lands or tenements, as to alien (that is, to
convey) land in fee, in mortmain. Termes de la ley. See Co. Litt. 118 b; Cruise
Dig. tit. 32, c. 1, 1-8.
2. Alienations may be made by deed; by matter of record; and by
3. Alienations by deed may be made by original or primary conveyances,
which are those by means of which the benefit or estate is created or first
arises; by derivative or secondary conveyances, by which the benefit or esta te
originally created, is enlarged, restrained, transferred, or extinguished.
These are conveyances by the common law. To these may be added some conveyances
which derive their force and operation from the statute of uses. The original
conveyances are the following: 1. Feoffment; 2. Gift; 3. Grant; 4. Lease; 6.
Exchange; 6. Partition. The derivative are, 7. Release; 8. Confirmation; 9.
Surrender; 10. Assignment; 11. Defeasance. Those deriving their force from the
statute of uses, are, 12. Covenants to stand seised to uses; 13. Bargains and
sales; 14. Lease and release; 15. Deeds to lend or declare the uses of other
more direct conveyances; 16. Deeds of revocation of uses. 2 Bl. Com. ch. 20.
Vide Conveyance; Deed. Alienations by matter of record may be, 1. By private
acts of the legislature; 2. By grants, as by patents of lands; 3. By fines; 4.
By common recovery. Alienations may also be made by devise (q.v.)
ALIENATION, med. jur. The term alienation or mental alienation
is a generic expression to express the different kinds of aberrations of the
human understandiug. Dict. des Science Med. h. t.; 1 Beck's Med. Jur. 535.