The history of “nimrod”
Writng advice from the invisible gorilla

Presents? Thank you very — oh.

Every time I see the silly phrase “Know all men by these presents,” I think of Christmas. Perhaps a statement the Magi wanted to make about their presents for the Christ child. Nevertheless, I’m no expert on drafting contracts: on that subject, I defer to Ken Adams, who riffs on the silly phrase in this post.

Can I get a witnesseth?


Perry McAnally, Land Attorney

1974 Oklahoma University contract law professor advised that part of the livery of seisen was the delivery of presents to the people attending the ceremony. The delivery was to fix the transfer in the minds of witnesses in the event of a later challenge to the possession and use of the land.


Something does need to be said however, for tradition and formalness .

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