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BISHOP. An ecclesiastical officer, who is the chief of the clergy of his diocese, and is the archbishop's assistant. Happily for this country, these officers are not recognized by law. They derive all their authority from the churches over which they preside. Bishop's COURT, Eng. law. An ecclesiastical court held in the cathedral of each diocese, the judge of which is the bishop's chancellor.

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The Sheriff and Robin had talked in a low voice, and my lord Bishop was almost asleep.
The day was already far spent, and presently the company broke up with many hiccupy bows of the Sheriff and little notice of the drowsy Bishop.
If it's Parry," said the bishop, "I have nothing to fear; so allow me to salute your majesty and to tell you who I am and for what I am come.
If you, who are the valet, hope for dispensation to commit a crime, shall not I, the friend of your bishop, have dispensation for eating meat at the call of my stomach?
I covet nothing beyond my station," said the young man, with an assurance of manner which for the second time made the bishop of Vannes tremble.
Quoth he to himself, "Yon Bishop is overgaudy for a holy man.
Yes, Father," laughed the great fellow, "for the sake of Holy Church I did indeed confiscate that temptation completely, and if you must needs have proof in order to absolve me from my sins, come with me now and you shall sample the excellent discrimination which the Bishop of Norwich displays in the selection of his temptations.
Gordon Jones, who had been talking to the bishop, leaned towards him and pointed to the envelope.
And may I ask, sir," said Alleyne, "why it is that you call yourself champion of the Bishop of Montaubon?
Bishop Morehouse was leaning forward and listening intently.
At which words the Duke, disdaining not a little, answered the Bishop and said that he would keep such mastery there though he said 'Nay.
I am told,' said Bishop magnate to Horse Guards, 'that Mr Merdle has made another enormous hit.