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White v. Corlies
Citation:46 N.Y. 467
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Corlies (defendant) sent White (plaintiff) specifications for work to be done on his offices at 57 Broadway. Corlies requested that White send him an estimate of the cost of the work based on his specifications. On September 28, White submitted his estimate to Corlies. That same day, Corlies made a change to the specifications and sent a copy of the changes to White for his assent. White signed the changed specifications and returned the copy to Corlies. On September 29, Corlies’ bookkeeper sent White a note that stated: “Upon an agreement to finish the fitting up of offices at 57 Broadway in two weeks from date, you can begin at once.” Immediately upon receipt of the note, White went to go purchase lumber to began work on the offices. White never sent a reply to the note. On September 30, Corlies sent a second note that retracted their previous note. White sued Corlies for breach of contract.
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