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Contracts Keyed to Summers
Adams v. Lindsell
Citation:1 Barn. & Aid. 681
ProfessorMelissa A. Hale
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On September 2nd, Lindsell (defendant) mailed a letter to Adams (plaintiff), offering him 800 tods of wool. Lindsell expected to receive a response from Adams by September 7th. The letter, however, was misdirected. As a result, Adams did not receive the letter until 7 P.M. on September 5th. Adams sent a reply accepting the offer, which Lindsell received on September 9th. By then, Lindsell had already sold the wool to another person. Adams sued Lindsell for the non-delivery of wool. Lindsell argued that no binding contract was formed because he had not received Adams’ reply when he sold the wool.
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