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What is CHIROGRAPHUM

In Roman law. A handwriting; that which was written with a person’s own hand. An obligation which a person wrote or subscribed with his own hand; an acknowledgment of debt, as of money received, with a promise to repay. An evidence or voucher of debt; a security for debt. Dig. 20, 7, 57, pr. A right of action for debt Cliirographum apud debitorem reper- tum praesumitur solutum. An evidence of debt found in the debtor’s possession is presumed to be paid. Halk. Max. 20; Bell, Diet Chirographum non extans presumitur solutum. An evidence of debt not existing is presumed to have been discharged. Tray, lat Max. 73.

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