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Keeper of the Great Seal

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Ke'eper of the great seal. [cullos magni sigilli, Latin.] Is a lord by his office, and called lord keeper of the great seal of England, &c. and is of the king's privy-council, under whose hands pass all charters, commissions, and grants of the king, strengthened by the great or broad seal, without which seal all such instruments by law are of no force; for the king is, in interpretation and intendment of law, a corporation, and therefore passeth nothing firmly, but under the great seal. This lord keeper, by the statute of 5 Eliz. c. 18. hath the like jurisdiction, and all other advantages, as hath the lord chancellor of England. Cowell.

Sources: Cowell, John (42)

Attributes: Latin (690)

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Cite this page: Johnson, Samuel. "Keeper of the Great Seal." A Dictionary of the English Language: A Digital Edition of the 1755 Classic by Samuel Johnson. Edited by Brandi Besalke. Last modified: February 17, 2014. http://johnsonsdictionaryonline.com/?p=3172.


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