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PEW. A seat in a church separated from all others, with a convenient space to stand therein.
     2. It is an incorporeal interest in the real property. And, although a man has the exclusive right to it, yet, it seems, he cannot maintain trespass against a person entering it; 1 T. R. 430; but case is the proper remedy. 3 B. & Ald. 361; 8 B. & C. 294; S. C. 15 Eng. C. L. R. 221.
     3. The right to pews is limited and usufructuary, and does not interfere with the right of the parish or congregation to pull down and rebuild the church. 4 Ohio R 541; 5 Cowen's R. 496; 17 Mass. R. 435; 1 Pick. R. 102; 3 Pick. R. 344; 6 S. & R. 508; 9 Wheat. R. 445; 9 Cranch, R. 52; 6 John. R. 41; 4 Johns. Ch. R. 596; 6 T. R. 396. Vide Pow. Mortgages, Index, h.t.; 2 Bl. Com. 429; 1 Chit. Pr. 208, 210; 1 Pow. Mort. 17 n.
     4. In Connecticut and Maine, and in Massachusetts, (except in Boston), pews are considered real estate: in Boston they are personal chattels. In New Hampshire they are personal property. 1 Smith's St. 145. The precise nature of such property does not appear to be well settled in New York. 15 Wend. R. 218; 16 Wend. R. 28; 5 Cowen's R. 494. See Rev. St. Mass. 413; Conn. L. 432; 10 Mass. R. 323 17 Mass. 438; 7 Pick. R. 138; 4 N. H. Rep. 180; 4 Ohio R. 515; 4 Harr. & McHen. 279; Harr. Dig. Ecclesiastical Law. Vide Perturbation of seat; Best on Pres. 111; Crabb on R. P. Sec. 481 to 497.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Master Pew's dead, when all's done; not that I regret it, but he's dead, you see, and people will make it out against an officer of his Majesty's revenue, if make it out they can.
Mr Anderson said removing the wooden pews would "do the building justice and allow it to be used for other purposes".
Critique: Exceptionally well written, documented, organized and presented, "Deception in the Pews: Exposing The Hidden Dangers That Lurk Within Religions" is very highly recommended reading for all members of a faith community regardless of their denominational, ecclesiastical, or religious affiliation.
Wouldn't it be a fine tribute to our veterans to fill these empty pews with the mothers, fathers, siblings and children of a veteran?
Of the 5,656 Loyalists who sought financial assistance from the British government, sixteen wanted to be compensated for the pews that had been taken from them.
Rather than sending them to a salvage shop, the pews at Trinity Methodist Church, Mirfield, were sent to a local woodturning group.
On April 23, after much activity behind the scenes, a large moving van from the diocese of British Columbia delivered 52 pews, along with vanity panels, an altar and other church furnishings, to Prince Albert, Sask.
William Butterfield, the fate of whose pews at St Augustine, South Kensington has been exercising the London DAC for some time, had firm views on the subject.
The bulk of the funds for the renovation came from a bequest left to the church in April 2008; the congregation raised an additional $7,000 over and above the $3,000 provided through the pew sales.
The Victorian Society also said the pews added to the architectural interest of the church.