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GENERAL ADMINISTRATION

The grant of authority to administer upon the entire estate of a decedent, without restriction or limitation, whether under the intestate laws or with the will annexed. Clemens v. Walker, 10 Ala. 108

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GENERAL CREDITOR

A creditor at large {supra), or one who has no lien or security for the payment of his debt or claim. King v. Eraser, 23 S. C. 543; Wolcott v. Ashenfelter. 5 N. M. 442, 23 Pac. 780. S L. R. A. 091.

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GROSS ADVENTURE

In maritime law. A loan on bottomry. So named because the lender, in case of a loss, or expense incurred for the common safety, must contribute to the gross or general average.

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GENERAL APPRAISERS

Appraisers appointed under an act of congress to afford aid and assistance to the collectors of customs in the appraisement of imported merchandise. Gibb v. Washington, 10 Fed. Cas. 288.

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GENERAL ASSIGNMENT

An assignment made for the benefit of all the assignor’s creditors, instead of a few only; or one which transfers the whole of his estate to the assignee, instead of a part only. Royer Wheel Co. v. Fielding, 101 N. Y. 504. 5 N. E. 431; Halsey v. Connell, 111 Ala. 221, 20 South. 445; Mussey v. Noyes, 26 Vt. 471.

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GRAND ASSIZE

A peculiar species of trial by jury, introduced in the time of Heniy II., giving the tenant or defendant in a writ of right the alternative of a trial by battel, or by his peers. Abolished by 3 & 4 Wm. IV. c. 42,

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GROSS AVERAGE

In maritime law. A contribution made by the owners of a ship, its cargo, and the freight, towards the loss sustained by the voluntary and necessary sacrifice of property for the common safety, in proportion to their respective interests. More commonly called “general average,” (5. v.) See 3 Kent, Comm. 232; 2 Steph. Comm. 179. Wilson v. Cross, 33 Cal. 09.

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GRATUITOUS BAILMENT

Another name for a depositum or naked bailment, which is made only for the benefit of the bailor and is not a source of profit to the bailee. Foster v. Essex Bank, 17 Mass. 499, 9 Am. Dec. 108.

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GRAND BILL OF SALE

In English law. The name of an instrument used for the transfer of a ship while she is at sea. An expression which is understood to refer to the instrument whereby a ship was originally transferred from the builder to the owner, or first purchaser. 3 Kent, Comm. 133. 9. In the law of negotiable Instruments. A promissory obligation for the payment of money. Standing alone or without qualifying words, the term is understood to mean a bank note, United States treasury note, or other piece of paper circulating as money. Green v. State, 28 Tex. App. 493, 13 S. VV. 785; Keith v. Jones, 9 Johns. (N. Y.) 121; Jones v. Fales, 4 Mass. 252.

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GUARDIANS OF THE POOR

Poor rate. In English law.A tax levied by parochial authorities for the relief of the poor.

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