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I say one of OUR schooners, though legally at the time they belonged to me.
Looking upon the foundation-stones as similar to a ship's keel, it never entered the minister's nor the Presbytery's head that the new church was legally any other than the old church.
I'm afraid you could not do it legally till you are older, but you might see if she likes the plan, and at any rate you can be very kind to her, for in one sense we are all sisters, and should help one another.
Nevertheless there was the mortgage, properly and legally drawn up and signed, with a record of the payments of interest through a number of years.
And, more even than that, whatever the law for its consistency may presume, men and women are, in point of fact, held to be married in Scotland where consent has never been interchanged, and where the parties do not even know that they are legally held to be married persons.
Legally, the matter is beset by difficulties, Turlington having destroyed all provable connection between his present self and his past life.
He therefore whispered in the ear of the justice that he would exceed his authority by committing the girl to Bridewell, as there had been no attempt to break the peace; "for I am afraid, sir," says he, "you cannot legally commit any one to Bridewell only for ill-breeding.
We know that it is not legally binding, Dolly," said Mr.
One day a son may be born, my son, and he will be legally a Karenin; he will not be the heir of my name nor of my property, and however happy we may be in our home life and however many children we may have, there will be no real tie between us.
Your master is morally bound--and ought to be legally, under ruinous penalties--to provide for the comfort of his fellow- man.
But a man can be pretty far gone, you know, without being legally insane, and old Nutcombe--well, suppose we call him whimsical.
This, I confess, was not disagreeable news, because now I could appear as I was, in a married condition; so I told my son before I came from him, that I believed I should marry a gentleman who had a plantation near mine; and though I was legally free to marry, as to any obligation that was on me before, yet that I was shy of it, lest the blot should some time or other be revived, and it might make a husband uneasy.