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The Statute of Frauds

A.W.B. Simpson

in A History of the Common Law of Contract: The Rise of the Action of Assumpsit

Published in print:
1987
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780198255734
eISBN:
9780191681622
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198255734.003.0017
Subject:
Law, Legal History

This chapter examines the history of the evolution of the action of assumpsit for breach of promise and the enactment of the Statute of Frauds and Perjuries in England. It suggests that the evolution ... More


A Human Rat Hole

Krister Dylan Knapp

in William James: Psychical Research and the Challenge of Modernity

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9781469631240
eISBN:
9781469631264
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469631240.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

Chapter four examines James's role as an investigator of physical mediums purporting to levitate tables and materialize ghostly forms of the deceased, and recounts the instances when he revealed ... More


Assumpsit in lieu of debt

John Baker

in Baker and Milsom Sources of English Legal History: Private Law to 1750

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
September 2019
ISBN:
9780198847809
eISBN:
9780191882456
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198847809.003.0016
Subject:
Law, Legal History

Once it was established that the action of assumpsit would lie for nonfeasance, thoughts turned to using it for the non-payment of debts. This would enable the action of debt to be avoided, and thus ... More


Uses, wills and trusts

John Baker

in Baker and Milsom Sources of English Legal History: Private Law to 1750

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
September 2019
ISBN:
9780198847809
eISBN:
9780191882456
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198847809.003.0004
Subject:
Law, Legal History

The materials in this chapter relate to the early history and legal recognition of ‘uses’ of land, and to the legislation designed to prevent them from harming others, particularly by depriving the ... More


Contract: Some Later Developments

John Baker

in Introduction to English Legal History

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
June 2019
ISBN:
9780198812609
eISBN:
9780191850400
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198812609.003.0020
Subject:
Law, Legal History

This chapter explores some lines of development in contract law after 1600. First there were questions flowing from the decision in Slade’s Case – the pleading formulae known as the ‘common counts’ ... More


The Statute of Frauds

Melvin A. Eisenberg

in Foundational Principles of Contract Law

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
October 2018
ISBN:
9780199731404
eISBN:
9780199364718
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199731404.003.0056
Subject:
Law, Company and Commercial Law

Chapter 56 concerns the statute of frauds. The law does not require contracts as a class to be in writing. However, the Statute of Frauds, adopted in England in 1677 and in force in almost every ... More


The Equity of the Statute

James Edelman

in Philosophical Foundations of the Law of Equity

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
June 2020
ISBN:
9780198817659
eISBN:
9780191859151
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198817659.003.0018
Subject:
Law, Philosophy of Law

This concluding chapter focuses on the doctrine of the ‘equity of the statute’, according to which courts can go beyond the literal meaning of a statute—either narrowing or broadening—in order to ... More


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