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In law, a messuage is an archaic term used in conveyancing, and is "nearly synonymous with dwelling house. A grant of a messuage with the appurtenances will not only pass a house but all the buildings attached or belonging to it, as also its curtilage, garden and orchard, together with the close on which the house is built."
- Bouvier, John (1870) [1st pub. 1839]. A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States of America, and of the Several States of the American Union: With References to the Civil and Other Systems of Foreign Law. Vol. II (Fourth ed.). Philadelphia: G.W. Childs. p. 176. Retrieved 6 December 2012.
- Sheets v. Selden's Lessee, 69 U.S. 177, 187 (1864)