To come honestly by
Honestly Hon"est*ly, adv. 1. Honorably; becomingly; decently. [Obs.] --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

2. In an honest manner; as, a contract honestly made; to live honestly; to speak honestly. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

{To come honestly by}. (a) To get honestly. (b) A circumlocution for to inherit; as, to come honestly by a feature, a mental trait, a peculiarity. [1913 Webster]


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