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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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"Why, what can you be going to send him to a parson for?" he said, with an amazed twinkling in his eyes, looking at Mr.
do you think the parson'll teach him to know a good sample o' wheat when he sees it, neighbor Tulliver?" said Mr.
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,
As soon as she could pick herself up out of the dirt, she ran off as fast as she could to her master the parson, and said, 'Sir, sir, the cow is talking!' But the parson said, 'Woman, thou art surely mad!' However, he went with her into the cow-house, to try and see what was the matter.
'Don't bring me any more hay!' Then the parson himself was frightened; and thinking the cow was surely bewitched, told his man to kill her on the spot.
And where do we raise our smoke, now, parson, if I may make so bold; I mean, where do we d'Urbervilles live?"
You've had enough already." Concluding thus the parson rode on his way, with doubts as to his discretion in retailing this curious bit of lore.
There is all the strong courage in these lines of the courtier- parson. They make us remember that before he put on his priest's robe he wore a sword.
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GThis month marks 130 years since Sir Charles Parsons opened his factory in Heaton, Newcastle.