Contracts Keyed to Dawson
Boone v. Coe
Plaintiffs and Defendant entered into a parol contract to commence at a future date under which Plaintiffs were entitled to farm Defendant’s land for a period of twelve months following Plaintiffs’ arrival. Defendant also agreed that if Plaintiffs left their homes and businesses in Kentucky and moved their families to Texas to farm his land for one year, he would provide a dwelling and a grain barn for them and allot them a portion of the crops raised. Plaintiffs did leave their homes and travel 55 days with their families and wagons from Kentucky to Texas, but Defendant would not allow them to occupy the house or cultivate the land. Plaintiffs petitioned the lower court seeking to recover their lost wages and actual expenses incurred from the trip, totaling $1,387.80. The court sustained the Defendant’s demurrer to the petition and dismissed the Plaintiffs’ petition, and the Plaintiffs appealed.
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