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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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And presently, behold, in another field, whistling meditatively and regardless of impending ill, Albert Parsons.
That's all right, Daylight," one Curly Parson interposed soothingly.
     Say parson, priest and dervise,
Well, two gents in black came in," said the waiter; "two of those foreign parsons that are running about.
He'll know as soon as ever he claps eyes on us," Parsons replied.
I seen him spading up some ground along about an hour ago, just before sundown--him and the parson.
Squire Jenkins and the Parson say they wouldn't come near your house again--no matter how sick they are.
Hence the fighting parson in the old play of Sir John Oldcastle, and the famous friar of Robin Hood's band.
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.
In her presence he could not act the parson any longer--at all events not without apology.
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.