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Salsbury v. Northwestern Bell Telephone Co.
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The Plaintiff, John Salsbury (the "Plaintiff"), played a role in establishing Charles City College (the "College"). In order to raise money for the college, the College retained a professional fund raiser, Peter Bruno ("Mr. Bruno"). The professional fund raiser solicited a subscription, from the Defendant, Bell Telephone Company (the "Defendant"). The Defendant's office manager in Charles City was Daryl V. Winder ("Mr. Winder"). Mr. Winder was also involved in raising money for the College. However, Mr. Winder could not bind the Defendant on his own, so he asked his superiors if they were willing to make a contribution. The Defendant eventually consented to a subscription, but Mr. Winder did not fill out a pledge form when he received the Defendant's consent. Instead, Mr. Winder wrote a letter to Mr. Bruno informing him of the Defendant's willingness to make a $15,000 contribution over a three-year period. The first $5,000 payment was to be made in 1986.
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