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Formerly, when a master in chancery was directed by the court of chancery to make an inquiry or investigation into any matter arising out of a suit, and which could not conveniently be brought before the court itself, each party in the suit carried in before the master a statement showing how the party bringing it in represented the matter in question to be; and this statement was technically termed a “state of facts,” and formed the ground upon which the evidence was received, the evidence being, In fact, brought by one party or the other, to prove his own or disprove his opponent’s state of facts. And so now, a state of facts means the statement made by any one of his version of the facts. Brown.

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