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PARSON, eccl. law. One who has full possession of all the rights of a parochial church.
     2. He is so called because by his person the church, which is an invisible body, is represented: in England he is himself a body corporate it order to protect and defend the church (which he personates) by a the minority, if required to bring Story on Partn. Sec. 489. 1 Bouv. Inst. n. 1217. 398; 5 Com. Dig. 346.

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The schoolmaster is generally a man of some importance in the female circle of a rural neighborhood; being considered a kind of idle, gentlemanlike personage, of vastly superior taste and accomplishments to the rough country swains, and, indeed, inferior in learning only to the parson.
I seen him spading up some ground along about an hour ago, just before sundown--him and the parson.
Fairholme, glad of an opportunity to show that he was no mealy mouthed parson, declared, when applied to, that Smilash was the greatest rogue in the country.
As the parson has ever gone band in hand with the landlord, so has Clerical Socialism with Feudal Socialism.
He was to have exchanged pulpits with Parson Shute, of Westbury; but Parson Shute sent to excuse himself yesterday, being to preach a funeral sermon.
My double gave me an inkling of his thoughts by saying: "My father's a parson in Norfolk.
But I don' know what Parson Irwine 'ull say at his gran' favright Adam Bede a-turnin' Methody.
Then the parson himself was frightened; and thinking the cow was surely bewitched, told his man to kill her on the spot.
Presently he was met by an elderly parson astride on a gray mare, who, as he rode, hummed a wandering tune.
When the parson set about restoring his church and asked his brother for a subscription, he was surprised by receiving a couple of hundred pounds: Mr.
When the mother died, the village parson was not ashamed to hold Marie up to public derision and shame.
That's all right, Daylight," one Curly Parson interposed soothingly.