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From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  SERF. During the feudal times certain persons who were bound to perform very 
  onerous duties towards others, were so called. Poth. Des Personnes, p. 1, t. 
  1, a. 6, s. 4. There is this essential difference between a serf and a 
  slave; the serf was bound simply to labor on the soil where he was born, 
  without any right to go elsewhere without the consent of his lord; but he 
  was free to act as he pleased in his daily action: the slave on the contrary 
  is the property of his master, who may require him to act as he pleases in 
  every respect, and who may sell him as a chattel. Lepage, Science du Droit, 
  c. 3, art. 2, Sec. 2. 

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