Enfeoffe, Feoffment

Enfeoffe. To make a gift of any corporeal hereditaments to another.

Source: Merrill, John Houston. The American and English Ecyclopædia of Law. Northport, Long Island: Edward Thompson Company, 1888 (pg. 641).

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Feoffments and Grants were the two chief modes used in the common law for transferring property. The most comprehensive definition which can be given of a Feoffment seems to be, a conveyance of corporeal hereditaments, by delivery of the possession, upon, or within view of, the hereditaments conveyed. Thus delivery was thus made, that the lord and the other tenants might be witnesses to it. No charter of feoffment was necessary; it only served as an authentication of the transaction; and when it was used, the lands were supposed to be transferred, not by the charter, but by the livery which it authenticated. ...

The proper limitation of a feoffment is to a man and his heirs; but feoffments were often made of conditional fees, (or of estates tail as they are now called,) and of life-estates; to which may be added, feoffments of estates given in frank marriage and frankalmoigne. To make the feoffment complete, the feoffor used to give the feoffee seisin of the lands: this is what the feuists call Investiture. It was often made by symbolical tradition, but it was always made upon or within view of the lands. When the king made a feoffment, he issued a writ to the sheriff, or some other person, to deliver seisin; other great men did the same; and this gave rise to powers of attorney.

Source: Jacob, Giles, and T.E. Tomlins. The Law-Dictionary: explaining the Rise, Progress, and Present State, of the English Law, &c. Vol. II. New York: I. Riley, and Philadelphia, P. Byrne, 1811 (pg. 61).

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