The Statute of Uses was passed for the purpose of doing away with passive uses altogether. An indirect method of accomplishing this was adopted. Instead of prohibiting the creation of uses it was provided that where a use had been created that the legal title should be re-united in the person of the cestui que use or, in other words, that the legal title should pass from the trustee to the cestui que use. The text of the operative clause of the statute was as follows:

'That where any person or persons stand or be seized or at any time hereafter shall happen to be seized of, and in any honours, castles, manors, lands, tenements, rents, services, reversions, remainders, or other hereditaments, to the use, confidence or trust of any other person or persons, or of a body politick, by reason of any bargain, sale feoffment, fine, recovery, covenant, contract, agreement, will or otherwise, by any manner, means, whatsoever it be; that in every such case, all and every such person or persons and bodies politick, that have or shall hereafter have any such use, confidence or trust, in fee-simple, fee-tail, for terms of life or for years or otherwise, or any use, confidence or trust, in remainder or reverter, shall from henceforth stand and be seized, deemed and adjudged in lawful seisin estate and possession of and in the same honours, castles, manors, lands, tenements, rents, services, reversions, remainders, and hereditaments, with their appurtenances, to all intents, construction and purposes in the law of and in such like estates as they had or shall have in use, trust, or confidence of, or in the same, and that the estate, title, right and possession that was in such person or persons that were or hereafter shall be seized of any lands, tenements or hereditaments, to the use, confidence or trust of any such person or persons, or of any body politick be from henceforth clearly deemed and adjudged to be in him or them that have or hereafter shall have such use, confidence or trust after such quality, manner, form and condition as they had before in or to the use, confidence or trust that was in them."