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    An ancient writ that lay for the lord, who, having by right the wardship of his tenant under age, could not obtain his person, the same being carried away by another person. Old Nat Brev. 93.
    An ancient writ, directed to the sheriff, to require one that had the body of an heir, being in ward, to deliver him to the person whose ward he was by reason of his land. Reg. Orig. 161.
    An ancient writ that lay for the ravishment of the lord's ward. Reg. Orig. 163. Haeredem Dens faoit, non homo. God makes the heir, not man. Co. Litt 7b.
    Lat. In the civil law. Heirs. The plural of hares, (q. v.)
    Lat. In old English law. A seeker of an inheritance; hence, the next heir to lands. Haerdipite suo propinqno vel antra-neo perionloso sane custodi nnUns eon mittatnr. To the next heir, whether a relation or a stranger, certainly a dangerous guardian, let no one be committed. Co. Litt 88b.
    In Roman law. The hareditas was a universal succession by law to any deceased person, whether such person had died testate or intestate, and whether in trust (ex ftdeicommisso) for another or not The like succession according to Praetorlan law was honorum possessio. The hareditos was called "jaceaa," until the More...
    In Roman law. The heir, or universal successor In the event of death. The heir is he who actively or passively succeeds to the entire property of the estate-leaver. He is not only the successor to the rights and claims, but also to the estate-leaver's debts, and in relation to More...
    In old English law. To give a right of inheritance, or make the donation hereditary to the grantee and his heirs. Cowell.
    The statute 2 Hen. IV. c. 15, de haretico-comburendo, was the flrst penal law enacted against heresy, and imposed the penalty of death by burning against, ail heretics who relapsed or who refused to abjure their opinions. It was repealed by the statute 29 Car. II. c. 9. Brown. This More...
    A haven or port Cowell. -Hafne courts. Haven courts; courts anciently held in certain ports in England. Spelman.
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