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TO HAVE. These words are used in deeds for the conveyance of land, in that clause which usually declared for what estate the land is granted. The same as Habendum. (q.v.) Vide Habendum; Tenendum.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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"Which I entreated you to believe, again and again, most fervently, with all my heart, was capable of better things, Mr.
To him however, who is possessed of a devil, I would whisper this word in the ear: "Better for thee to rear up thy devil!
And when you want to buy a ship, the shipwright or the pilot would be better?
"Thank you; and if you will kindly drop 'I guess,' I shall like my little Yankee all the better. Now, see here, Rosy, I don't pretend to set myself up for a model in anything, and you may come down on my grammar, manners or morals as often as you think I'm wrong, and I'll thank you.
"Oh, come--nonsense!" cried Gania; "if you did not go shaming us all over the town, things might be better for all parties."
'And you were all the better for it, I know!' the Queen said triumphantly.
And it's a poor look-out to come into the world to make your fellow-creatures worse off instead o' better. But there's a difference between the things folks call wrong.
If you've changed your mind, and want my family to come down in the world, you'd better say so.
Tulliver, "my family's as good as yours, and better, for it hasn't got a damned ill-tempered woman in it!"
"Yes, I am better, I am nearly well," returned the youth, pausing a moment, while a struggle of the most painful interest seemed to engross his thoughts.
Homer, for example, makes men better than they are; Cleophon as they are; Hegemon the Thasian, the inventor of parodies, and Nicochares, the author of the Deiliad, worse than they are.
He said these words, "Is she better, or worse?" and said no more.

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