Definition of SYNGRAPH


SYNGRAPH

A deed, bond, or other instrument of writing, under
the band and seal of all the parties. It was so called because the parties
wrote together.


2. Formerly such writings were attested by the subscription and crosses
of the witnesses; afterwards, to prevent frauds and concealmenta, they made
deeds of mutual covenant in a script and rescript, or in a part and
counterpart, and in the middle between the two copies they wrote the word
syngraphus in large letters, which being cut through the parchment, and one
being delivered to each party, on being afterwards put together, proved their
authenticity.


3. Deeds thus made were denominates syngraphs by the canonists, and by
the common lawyers chirographs. (q. v.) 2 Blackstone~s Commentaries, 296.




Source: Bouviers Law Dictionary 1856 Edition

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