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ADVERTISEMENT. A 'notice' published either in handbills or in a newspaper.
     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. Pr. 295.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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'Sir,' he says, 'in answer to your advertisement of to-day's date, I beg to inform you that I know the young lady in question very well.
"I think," said I, "it's the most extraordinary advertisement that ever got into print!"
Five minutes of desultory reading brought me unexpectedly to an explanation of the advertisement, in the shape of the following paragraph:
I don't know that your assistant is not as remarkable as your advertisement."
Either that, or it was the sudden impulse of which the most calculating are capable at times; the morning papers with the early cup of tea, this advertisement seen by chance, and the rest upon the spur of a guilty conscience.
The question passed by me unheeded: my thoughts were dwelling bitterly on Van Brandt and his advertisement. "She answered the advertisement, of course?" I said.
He never saw the dancing-school nor placed his advertisement for a room in a working-class family.
HONORED MADAM: My brother and I have seen your advertisement, by chance, and beg leave to take the room you offer.
The advertisement was quickly written and despatched.
And from here Caxton sent out the first printed advertisement known in England.
Bowls in Half Moon Street, and waited the result of the advertisement.
Bumble's eye rested, was the following advertisement.