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INDULGENCE. A favor granted.
     2. It is a general rule that where a creditor gives indulgence, by entering into a binding contract with a principal debtor, by which the surety is or may be damnified, such surety is discharged, because the creditor has put it out of his power to enforce immediate payment; when the surety would have a right to require him to do so. 6 Dow, P. C. 238; 3 Mer. R. 272; Bac. Ab. Oblig. D; and see Giving Time.
     3. But mere inaction by the creditor, if he do not deprive himself of the right to sue the principal, does not in general discharge the surety. See Forbearance.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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No answering spark of kindness, no awakening penitence, but an unappeasable ill-humour, and a spirit of tyrannous exaction that increased with indulgence, and a lurking gleam of self-complacent triumph at every detection of relenting softness in my manner, that congealed me to marble again as often as it recurred; and this morning he finished the business:- I think the petrifaction is so completely effected at last that nothing can melt me again.
If I, for his good, deny him some trifling indulgence, he goes to his father, and the latter, in spite of his selfish indolence, will even give himself some trouble to meet the child's desires: if I attempt to curb his will, or look gravely on him for some act of childish disobedience, he knows his other parent will smile and take his part against me.
"My indulgence shall be given, sir," replied Sir Thomas gravely, "but without any other rehearsal." And with a relenting smile, he added, "I come home to be happy and indulgent." Then turning away towards any or all of the rest, he tranquilly said, "Mr.
In the Enchiridion of Indulgences, devotion to Mary was a partial indulgence.
The Norms and Grants in the official Manual of In-dulgences, fourth edition (1999), the latest and most up-to-date edition of the Manual, or Enchiridion Indulgentiarum, listed the following observances in the Grants in the Manual of Indulgences:
Documents on the Papal Plenary Indulgences 1300-1517 Preached in the Regnum Teutonicum
It has been revealed that Pope Francis will grant plenary indulgences freeing those who attend the events in August from the consequences of their sins.
31, one of the foremost items on his mind was the selling of indulgences. And no one peddled them more zealously than Johann Tetzel, a German friar whose unabashed hawking incited much of Luther's rebellious fury.
To a person of limited means, it is only more important and obvious that one must have one's little indulgences. As long as these treats neither grow monstrous nor get squeezed into a blinking scarcity, the zest remains.
Roy Bellen, head of the Archdiocese of Manila's Archdiocesan Office of Communications, explained that Catholics who prayed for the dead could obtain indulgences for souls in purgatory.
I always understood he was elected to represent the people of our town, not his own indulgences.
"Consumers are looking for desserts that are quick and easy, yet mindful indulgences, fit for after a meal or anytime snack.