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 Habeas Corpus.Habit is Second Nature. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Haberdasher,
 
from hapertas, a cloth the width of which was settled by Magna Charta. A “hapertas-er” is the seller of hapertas-erie.   1
       
“To match this saint there was another,
As busy and perverse a brother,
An haberdasher of small wares
In politics and state affairs.”
       
Butler: Hudibras, iii. 2.
 


 Habeas Corpus.Habit is Second Nature. 

 
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