Sentence Examples with the word actual possession

The nearest that I came to actual possession was when I bought the Hollowell place, and had begun to sort my seeds, and collected materials with which to make a wheelbarrow to carry it on or off with; but before the owner gave me a deed of it, his wife--every man has such a wife--changed her mind and wished to keep it, and he offered me ten dollars to release him.

Not until 1770, after O'Reilly had established Spanish rule by force at New Orleans, did a Spanish officer at St Louis take actual possession of the upper country; another on the ground, in 1768-1769, had forborne to assert his powers in the face of the unfriendly attitude of the inhabitants.

In 1530, was ordained priest, and succeeded his uncle John Barry as vicar of Dundee; but before he came into actual possession he also was suspected of heresy, and was compelled to flee to France and Germany.

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By his father's will he got, by way of appanage, the duchy of Sodermanland, which included the provinces of Nerike and Vermland; but he did not come into actual possession of them till after the fall of Eric XIV.