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. The “profert” of the deed, note 5640
above. When profert was made, the defendant could demand “oyer.” In ancient practice
this literally meant a reading of the deed in court. With written pleadings, however,
it merely signified that the plaintiff had to set out in the record the deed or other
instrument sued upon. See Sutton, Personal Actions
102–104. Compare Metcalf v. Hall, Form XXIII.
Cite web page as: Founding Families: Digital Editions of the Papers of the Winthrops and the Adamses, ed.C. James Taylor. Boston: Massachusetts Historical Society, 2014.