Conveyance Of An Orange


The Western Law Journal, Vol. 5 (August 1848) gave the following interesting passage about the process of writing a deed of gift of an orange:

If a man would, according to law, give to another an orange, instead of saying, “I give you that orange,” which one would think would be what is called in legal phraseology, “an absolute conveyance of all right and title therein,” the phrase would run thus:

“I give you all and singular my estate and interest, right, title and claim, and advantage of and in that orange, with all its rind, skin, juice, pulp and pips, and all right and advantage therein, with full power to bite, cut, suck, and otherwise eat the same, or give the same away, as fully and effectually as I, said A.B., am now entitled to bite, cut, suck, or otherwise eat the same orange, or give the same away with or without its rind, juice, pulp and pips, anything heretofore or hereafter, or in other deed or deeds, instrument or instruments, of what nature or kind soever, to the contrary in any wise notwithstanding.”


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6 Responses to Conveyance Of An Orange

  1. Thank you. I prefer to pick my own.
    Great Post.


  2. Abigail says:

    An orange is a rather prized fruit in some cultures. One should not take its transfer lightly.


  3. lindasschaub says:

    Those lawyers and their seedy documents, every segment has to be analyzed. It wore me to a pulp just reading it and I’ve been a legal secretary since 1980. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  4. thelongview says:

    Haha! Now I know why they say the law’s an ass!


  5. ivor20 says:

    That’s a lot of orange, to be approached cautiously.


  6. masercot says:

    The other fruits tried to void the agreement, but lost on a peel…

    Liked by 3 people

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