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ORPHANAGE, Eng. law. By the custom of London, when a freeman of that city dies, his estate is divided into three parts, as follows: one third part to the widow; another, to the children advanced by him in his lifetime, which is called the orphanage; and the other third part may be by him disposed of by will. Now, however, a freeman may dispose of his estate as he pleases; but in cases of intestacy, the statute of distribution expressly excepts and reserves the custom of London. Lov. on Wills, 102, 104; Bac. Ab. Custom of London, C. Vide Legitime.

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Like the Madras Orphan Asylum, the garden space offers students an opportunity to organize their own learning.
Eight years later, she set up the Birmingham and Warwickshire fund to support six boys in the Wolverhampton Orphan Asylum, and in what was seen as "an unparalleled act of munificence", she contributed PS10,000 toward church building in Brum.
William Semite, Angels of Mercy: White Women and the History of New York's Colored Orphan Asylum.
Founder Juliette Gordon Low's first 18 Girl Scouts included girls from influential Savannah families, as well as girls from the Female Orphan Asylum and Congregation Mickve Israel.
Mary's Orphan Asylum was crowded with children--nearly one hundred.
It was my father's experience as an orphan at the Hebrew Orphan Asylum between 136th and 138th Streets on Amsterdam Avenue.
21) Wharton's focus in the text on race and slavery suggests that Wharton possibly had the Colored Orphan Asylum in mind when devising her plot.
In 1817 she sent three of her nuns to New York to open an orphan asylum on Prince Street.
They had previously been considering a much smaller plot, the site of the Hebrew Orphan Asylum, on Broadway between 136th and 138th streets.
The most successful of these efforts was the Association for the Benefit of Colored Orphans, which opened the Colored Orphan Asylum in 1836.
And while we're at it, let's bring back the poorhouse, the work farm and the orphan asylum.
The Protestant Orphan Asylum and the Montreal Ladies' Benevolent Society: A Case Study in Protestant Child Charity in Montreal, 1822-1900.