The use being limited, possession with power of alienation cannot
"The lady's claim to them as a gift from her husband amounts to nothing.
If they are not hers by will, and it seems that they are not so, she can
only hold them as paraphernalia belonging to her station.
"I presume it to be capable of proof that the diamonds were not in
Scotland when Sir Florian made his will or when he died. The former fact
might be used as tending to show his intention when the will was made. I
understand that he did leave to his widow by will all the chattels in
Portray Castle. J. D.
"15 August, 18--."
When Mr. Camperdown had twice read this opinion, he sat in his chair an
unhappy old man. It was undoubtedly the case that he had been a lawyer for
upward of forty years, and had always believed that any gentleman could
make any article of value an heirloom in his family. The title-deeds of
vast estates had been confided to his keeping, and he had had much to do
with property of every kind; and now he was told that in reference to
property of a certain description--property which by its nature could
belong only to such as they who were his clients--he had been long without
any knowledge whatsoever.