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WIFE,
domestic relations. A woman who has a husband. 2. A wife, as such, possesses rights and is liable to obligations. These will be considered. 1st. She... more

WIFES EQUITY.
&, W. 407, 9 Sim, 597, 1 S. &, S. 250. 8. - 4. Whenever the wife insists upon her equity, the right will be exten-ded... more

WILFULLY,
intentionally. 2. In charging certain offences it is required that they should be stated to be wilfully done. Arch. Cr. Pl. 51, 58, Leachs Cr. L. 556. 3.... more

WILL,
criminal law. The power of the mind which directs the actions of a man. 2. In criminal law it is necessary that there should be an... more

WILL or TESTAMENT.
The legal declaration of a mans intentions of what he wills to be performed after his death. Co. Litt. 111, Swinb. Pt. 1, s. II. 1,... more

WHITE RENT,
English law. Rents paid in silver, and called white rents or redditus albi, to distinguish them from other rents which were not paid in money. 12... more

WHITE PERSONS
The acts of congress which authorize the naturalization of aliens, confine the description of such aliens to free white persons. 2. This of course excludes the African... more

WHEREAS.
leas, &,c., B. 5, 4, 2 Chit. Pl. 151, 178, 191, Gould, Pl. c. 3, ,47. ... more

WHIPPING,
punishment. The infliction of stripes. 2. This mode of punishment, which is still practiced in some of the states, is a relict of barbarism, it has... more

WHEN AND WHERE.
These words are used in a plea when full defence is made the form is, ",when and were it shall behove him.", This acknowledges the jurisdiction... more

WHEN
At which time, in wills, standing by itself unqualified and unexplained, this is a word of condition denoting the time at which the gift is to... more

WHEEL.
The punishment of the wheel was formerly to put a criminal on a wheel, and then to break his bones until he expired. This barbarous punishment... more

WHELPS.
The young of certain animals of a base nature, or ferae naturae. 2. It is a rule that when no larceny can be committed of any... more

WHARFAGE.
The money paid for landing goods upon, or loading them from a wharf. Danes Ab. Index, h. t. ... more

WHARFINGER
One who owns or keeps a wharf, for the purpose of receiving and shipping merchandise to or from it, for hire. 2. Like a warehouseman, (q.v.)... more

WHARF.
A space of ground artificially prepared for the reception of merchan-dise from a ship or vessel, so as to promote the convenient loading and discharge of... more

WHALER,
mar. law. A vessel employed in the whale fishery. 2. It is usual for the owner of the vessel, the captain and crew, to divide the... more

WETHER.
A castrated ram, at least one year old in ark indictment it may be called a sheep. 4 Car. &, Payne, 216, 19 Eng. Com. Law... more

WERGILD, or WEREGILD,
old Eng. law. The price which in a barbarous age, a person guilty of homicide or other enormous offence was required to pay, instead of receiving... more

WERE.
The name of a fine among the Saxons imposed upon a murderer. 2. The life of every man, not excepting that of the king himself, was esti-mated... more

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