Definitions from Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition and Ballentine's Law Dictionary as are available for each term in each dictionary.
  • Ballentine's Law Dictionary

    An indenture; a deed in two parts which must fit and correspond. See 2 Bl. Comm. 296.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    In old Euglish law. A deed or indenture; also the last part of a fine of land. An instrument of gift or conveyance attested by the subscription and crosses of the witnesses, which was in Saxon times called "chirographum," and which, being somewhat changed in form and manner by the Normans, was by them styled "charta." Anciently when they made a chirograph or deed which required a counterpart, as we call it, they engrossed it twice upon one piece of parchment contrariwise, leaving a space.between. in which they wrote in capital letters the word "chirograph," and then cut the parchment in two through tha middle of the word, giving a part to each party. Cowell. In Scotch law. A written voucher for a debt. Bell. In civil and canon law. An instrument written out and subscribed by the hand of the party who made it, whether the king or a private person. Cowell.