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Originally appearing in Volume V07, Page 669 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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CUSTOMARY FREEHOLD, in English law, a species of tenure which may be described as a variety of copyhold. It is also termed privileged copyhold or copyhold of frank tenure. It is a tenure by copy of court roll, but not expressed to be at the will of the lord. It is, in fact, only a superior kind of copyhold, and the freehold is in the lord. It is subject to the general law of copyholds, except where the law may be varied by the custom of the particular manor. (See COPYHOLD.) CUSTOM-HOUSE, the house or office appointed by a government where the taxes or duties (if any) are collected upon the importation and exportation of commodities; where duties, bounties or drawbacks payable or receivable upon exportation or importation are paid or received, and where vessels are entered and cleared. In the United Kingdom there is usually a custom-house established at every port or harbour to which any consider-able amount of shipping resorts, the officer in charge being called " collector of customs "; in the minor ports the officer is usually termed " superintendent of customs " or principal coast officer."
CUSTOM (from O. Fr. costume, costume or coustume; L...

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