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DIGNITIES. English law. Titles of honor.
     2. They are considered as incorporeal hereditaments.
     3. The genius of our government forbids their admission into the republic.

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The rising unto place is laborious; and by pains, men come to greater pains; and it is sometimes base; and by indignities, men come to dignities.
But no--no, dearest; I think I love you best in the wing-bonnet and cotton-frock--yes, better than in this, well as you support these dignities.
Everything that is called fashion and courtesy humbles itself before the cause and fountain of honor, creator of titles and dignities, namely the heart of love.