A History of the Common Law of Contract: The Rise of the Action of Assumpsit

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Clarendon Press, 1987 - Law - 646 pages
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The Common Law is one of the two major and successful legal systems developed in Western Europe and now in force, in one form or another, in America and Great Britain. Perhaps its most typical product is English Contract law, which developed at the close of the 14th century, assumed many of its characteristic doctrines in the 16th and 17th centuries, and evolved into its modern form in the 19th century. This book, which is written primarily from a doctrinal standpoint, takes the story up to the Statute of Frauds in 1677 and constitutes the first part of the history of contract law.
 

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Contents

Oxford 1963
xlvii
Introduction
3
Chapman 1672 a Lev 8r 579
4
Covenants
9
HAWKINS W Pleas of the Crown London 171621
21
Hen VI H f 31 pi 25 M f 7 pi 15
26
Car II c 13 Usury 116
29
Hen VI H pi 27 f 32
41
HAYES J Le Statute of Frauds en droit anglais Paris 1924
405
Assumpsit and the Doctrine of Consideration
406
Clark 1614 a Bulst 306 Moo K B pi 1136 409
409
Ellington r Doshant 1640 i Lev 142 236 578
414
Gellye P Clark 1606 Noy 126 Cro Jac 188
423
Anon 1581 Godbolt 13
437
NOY W Treatise of the Principall Grounds and Maximes of the Lowes
442
Earl of Feversham v Watson 677 2 Freeman 35 614 619
450

INFORMAL COVENANTS
47
Hen VI P f 10 pi 28 49
50
n The Writ of Debt
53
Edw I c 8 Gloucester
61
Fanner 1641 March 100 579
70
Hen VI H f 1 pi 3
74
Anon 1503 Keilwey 5oa ao6 226 248 232
81
Hen VI f 13 pL ao 589
86
FORMAL DEBT TRANSACTIONS
88
Hen VI H f 2 pi 8 176
95
Hen VI T f 19 pL 13 74
98
BushelTs Cue 1670 Vaughan 135 604
117
Harvie 1605 Yelv 50 423
119
Edw I Acton Burnell
126
Debt on Informal Contracts
136
Hen VI M f 52 pi 35 171
137
Hen IV c 8 Account
142
ro Hen VI M f 14 pi 46 541
144
Hen VI M f 42 pi 19 46
161
Hen VI P f 27 pi 7
165
Hen VI M f 47 pi 32 594
173
Hen VI M f 15 pi 25 102
184
Hen VI P f 35 pi 30
190
The Emergence of the Action of Assumpsit
199
Hen VI T f 48 pi 5 141150217358
215
Hen VI M f 13 pi 30 141
231
Hen VI f 22 pi 66
247
n The Action for Breach of Promise
248
Hen VI M f 10 pi 25 142 143
254
Anon 1544 Lib Cong MS
273
The Relationship between Assumpsit and the Older
281
Kish 1625 Noy 77 553
283
rv The Doctrine of ConsiderationIntroduction 316
337
Hen VII c 5 Usury 116
347
Anon 1553 Dal 9 32
352
Hen VIII P f 11 pi 13 265 282 291 407 430 563 567
355
and 9 Viet c 106 Conveyancing
372
Consideration and the Canon Law
375
Hen VI H f 22 pi 4 141 149 152
397
Anon 1582 Godbolt 13 30 33
459
Astell 1660 1 Lev 20
461
Christopher P How 1649 Style 158 573
468
Beer 1884 9 App Cas 605
470
Jolly 1660 1 Sid 38 525
475
Foster P Jackson 1609 a Brownl and Goulds 311 593
476
Thorn 1634 i Ch Rep 88 119
479
Clarks Case 1588 a Leon 30
483
vrn Implied Promises and QuasiContract
489
Anon 1586 Godbolt 98 33
492
Pinsacke 1675 2 Lev 153
495
Isabels Case 1605 Moo K B 765 589
498
rx The Promise and Its Validity
506
Blantern 1767 2 Wils K B 341 347 112
508
Hen VIII c 9 Usury 116
513
Goochman 1594 Cro Eliz 442 455
533
Columns Case 1595 Moo K B 419 448 584
537
Beverleya Case 1603 4 Co Rep 1230
539
Hen VIII H f 15 pi 1 f 18 pi 7 166 188 192 258 261
540
Kelset P Nicholson 1595 Dyer jb agb 236
544
Transmission of Liability on Death 538
558
Hen VIII P f 31 pi 8 285
559
Blackmore 1655 Style 463
566
Dr Goods Case 1576 Cro Eliz 643 516
571
Bibble P Cunningham 1628 Hetley 89 461
573
xn Pleading and Procedure in the Action for Breach
574
LeaP Exelby 1602 Crol Eliz 888 461464
579
Anon 1588 2 Leon aia 14
584
Clark 1589 2 Leon 104 408
586
Eliz I c 5 Debtors
591
and 33 Viet c 46 Debtors
593
xin The Statute of Frauds
599
Morrice 1683 2 Cha Cas 135
609
Bradell 1627 Hutton 84 455
611
Levitt 1630 Heeley 176 478
616
EPILOGUE
621
INDEX
641
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A. W. B. Simpson is at University of Chicago.

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