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  • From an obscure residence in Syria, they secretly despatched their agents and missionaries, who preached in the Eastern provinces their hereditary indefeasible right; and Mohammed, the son of Ali, the son of Abdallah, the son of Abbas, the uncle of the prophet, gave audience to the deputies of Chorasan, and accepted their free gift of four hundred thousand pieces of gold.

    The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

  • a free gift must be taken in the strict sense and exclude merit in every form, be it in the range of commutative justice as, e.g., in sale and purchase, or in that of distributive justice, as is the case in the so-called remunerations and gratuities.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 6: Fathers of the Church-Gregory XI

  • The Government of the Morea and of Candia have written to me for a further advance from my own peculium of 20 or 30,000 dollars, to which I demur for the present, (having undertaken to pay the Suliotes as a free gift and other things already, besides the loan which I have already advanced,) till I receive letters from England, which I have reason to expect.

    Life of Lord Byron

  • In answer to the despairing sinner's cry the Scriptures reveal a salvation which is all of grace, the free gift of God's love and mercy in

    The Reformed Doctrine of Predestination

  • From these letters, however, several interesting traits and incidents may be gleaned, such as anecdotes about the canary which was anonymously bought at the Crystal Palace Bird Show (February 1866) for the owner's benefit: about the shopboy whom Ruskin was going to train as an artist; and about the kindly proposal to employ the aged and impoverished Cruikshank upon a new book of fairy tales, and the struggle between admiration for the man and admission of his loss of power, ending in the free gift of the hundred pounds promised.

    The Life of John Ruskin

  • So chap.v. 18, “By the righteousness of one” (that is, his impetration), “the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life,” in the application.

    The Death of Death in the Death of Christ


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  • I wonder where that key ring is now....

    December 19, 2007

  • Yeah. Weirdness.

    I was merely going to comment on this page that one of my friends used to claim with some justification that her name meant "Free Gift." (First name meaning "free," according to those "what your name means" books, etc.) She was rather a fan of Ronco-type kitsch as well, so it seemed to suit.

    December 19, 2007

  • Wow. That's craziful.

    December 19, 2007

  • Well, there was this African migrant who used to haunt the streets of Xxxxx. He accosted me one day while I was looking at gargoyles and the following conversation took place.
    Him: Hi.
    Me: Hi?
    Him: I'd like to make friends. I'm giving you a gift. (hands me a key ring)
    Me: I don't like key rings.
    Him: But you can take it anyway, it's a gift.
    Me: If you say so. Thank you. Who are you?
    Him: Walter. I am a joyous person. God tells me to spread joy. So I give people gifts.
    Me: That's great.
    Him: Please give me two euro.
    Me: Why?
    Him: So I can keep giving gifts. It's what I do.
    Me: I didn't want it anyway. How about you give this keyring to someone else and I don't give you two euro?
    Him: Then we wouldn't be friends any more. That's not joyous.

    December 19, 2007

  • This tells its own story - there's no such thing as a free lunch (gift).

    December 18, 2007