He was told the loan would be granted if he could prove satisfactory title to a parcel
of property being offered as collateral. The title to the property dated back to 1803, which took the lawyer three months to track down. After sending the information to the FHA, he received the following reply :
“Upon review of your letter adjoining your client’s loan application, we note that the request is supported by an Abstract of Title.
While we compliment the able manner in which you have prepared and presented the application, we must point out that you have only cleared title to the
proposed collateral property back to the year 1803.
Before final approval can be accorded, it will be necessary to clear the title back to its origin.”
Annoyed, the lawyer responded as follows:
“Your letter regarding title in Case No.189156 has been received.
I note that you wish to have title extended further than the 194 years covered by the present application.
I was unaware that any educated person in this country, particularly those working in the property area, would not know that
For the edification of uninformed FHA bureaucrats …
the title to the land prior to
The land came into the possession of
The good queen, Isabella, being a pious woman and almost as careful about titles as the FHA, took the precaution of securing the blessing of the Pope before she sold her jewels to finance
Now the Pope, as I’m sure you know, is the emissary of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, and God, it is commonly accepted, created this world.
Therefore, I believe it is safe to presume that God also made that part of the world called
I hope you find God’s original claim to be satisfactory.
Now, may we have our loan?”
The loan was approved.