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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.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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'what can you do for us?' 'Why, I can get between the iron window-bars of the parson's house, and throw you out whatever you want.' 'That's a good thought,' said the thieves; 'come along, we shall see what you can do.'
When they came to the parson's house, Tom slipped through the window- bars into the room, and then called out as loud as he could bawl,
I am Parson Tringham, the antiquary, of Stagfoot Lane.
"In short," concluded the parson, decisively smacking his leg with his switch, "there's hardly such another family in England."
"Where in hell's Gold Bottom?" Curly Parsons demanded.
Curly Parsons and another, Pat Monahan, accepted, and, with his customary speed, Daylight paid them their wages in advance and arranged the purchase of the supplies, though he emptied his sack in doing so.
In all Herbert's work among his people, his wife was his companion and help, and the people loved her as much as they loved their parson. "Love followed her," says Walton, "in all places as inseparably as shadows follow substances in sunshine."
Besides many poems he wrote for his own guidance a book called The Country Parson. It is a book, says Walton, "so full of plain, prudent, and useful rules that that country parson that can spare 12d.
It was equally astonishing to the aunts and uncles to find a parson introduced into Mr.
When the parson opened it he found a dozen photographs of Mrs.
Oofty-Oofty laid hold of Parsons's thumb, pulling it out stoutly and snapping it back into place.
Constable Parsons suspected that he had a porcine soul.