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Debt on Informal Contracts

A.W.B. Simpson

in A History of the Common Law of Contract

Published in print February 1987 | ISBN: 9780198255734
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191681622 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198255734.003.0004
Debt on Informal Contracts

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This chapter examines the history of debt on informal contracts in England. During the medieval period, a plaintiff in debt could base his claim upon an informal contract when there is no record or recognizance or a private bond. Contracts were usually used for the sale of land or chattels, loans of money, agreements for services, and leases of land. This chapter discusses the provisions of the English common law concerning informal contracts and provides specific examples of relevant court cases.

Keywords: informal contracts; debts; sale of land; sale of chattels; private bond; land leases; common law; court cases

Chapter.  26177 words. 

Subjects: History of Law

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