Originally, equity acted only in personam not in rem. A court of equity could only order a defendant to do a certain thing, and their attempt to coerce him into doing so by imprisoning him for contempt of court, or by the sequestration of his property. At the present time an execution against the property of the defendant may issue in equity suits as well as in common law cases. Bills to enforce decrees will be considered in the following chapter.

10 Goodrich vs. Smith, 67 Mich., 1. 11 Jarvis vs. Blanchard, 6 Mass., 4; Cook vs. Hoyt, 13 I11., 144.

12 Ency. of Pleading and Practice, Vol. II, p. 31.