Besides he had, before visiting the monastery, a strong prejudice against the institution of "elders," which he only knew of by hearsay and believed to be a pernicious innovation.
I see you want to influence the younger generation—to develop them, to be of use to them, and I assure you this trait in your character, which I knew by hearsay, attracted me more than anything.
He only knew about the envelope by hearsay; he had never seen it, and if he’d found it, for instance, under the mattress, he’d have torn it open as quickly as possible to make sure the notes were in it.
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Hearsay evidence is generally not permitted in the United States. It generally is permitted in England for civil cases.
Your tools have elevated gossip, hearsay and conjecture to the level of valid, mainstream communication.