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Dickinson v. Dodds
Citation:2 Ch. D. 463 (1876).
ProfessorMelissa A. Hale
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On June 10, 1874, Dodds sent a memorandum to Dickinson offering to sell him a piece of property for £800. The memorandum contained a post-script stating that the offer was open until 9:00 a.m. on Friday, June 12th. On that Thursday afternoon, Dickinson learned from a Mr. Berry that Dodds had agreed to sell the same property to Allan. In fact, Dodds and Allan had signed a formal contract on Thursday afternoon selling the property to Allan for £800. That evening Dickinson went to the house of Mrs. Burgess (Dodds’ mother-in-law) where Dodds was staying and left a written acceptance with her. However, Mrs. Burgess forgot about the document and it never reached Dodds. Friday morning at 7:00 a.m. Mr. Berry (acting as an agent for Dickinson) found Dodds at a railway station and handed him a duplicate acceptance, to which Dickinson responded that it was too late because the property was sold. Dickinson arrived a few minutes later with another copy of the acceptance, but Dodds declined to receive it.
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