livery of seisin

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livery of seisin

A term that hasn't been used in centuries but is still encountered in real estate literature. It was an ancient ceremony for transferring ownership of land to another by means of the delivery of possession—called “livery of seisin.”

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The man in livery had moved silently toward them; Master Freddie took off his hat and handed it to him, and then, letting go of Jurgis' arm, tried to get out of his overcoat.
Why, my grandfather made the grooms' livery for that Mr.
Prince John stepped from his royal seat to view more nearly the persons of these chosen yeomen, several of whom wore the royal livery.
Aye, but you see," returned Ben Gunn, "I didn't mean giving me a gate to keep, and a suit of livery clothes, and such; that's not my mark, Jim.
Whenever I had a mind to see the town, it was always in my travelling-closet; which Glumdalclitch held in her lap in a kind of open sedan, after the fashion of the country, borne by four men, and attended by two others in the queen's livery.
For a minute or two she stood looking at the house, and wondering what to do next, when suddenly a footman in livery came running out of the wood--(she considered him to be a footman because he was in livery: otherwise, judging by his face only, she would have called him a fish)--and rapped loudly at the door with his knuckles.
Mousqueton had a magnificent livery, and enjoyed the satisfaction of which he had been ambitious all his life--that of standing behind a gilded carriage.
I have an engagement with a pretty little girl for this evening, and do not wish to be known; lend me your livery till to-morrow.
Yes, monsieur, it is here he lives," the servant replied to Planchet, who was not in livery.
They altered their course, but on reaching the landing of the grand staircase, Raoul perceived a servant in the Comte de Guiche's livery, who ran towards him as soon as he heard his voice.
Ah, how awfully kind of the van der Luydens-- they've sent their man over from Skuytercliff to meet us," Archer exclaimed, as a sedate person out of livery approached them and relieved the maid of her bags.
Then he withdrew behind the cart, with his men in livery surcoats.