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I Is LAW INTELLIGENCE.
Singular TR1 al for a BREAch of PROMISE of MARRIA GE.
COURT OF COMMON PLEAS.
HIS was an ačtion to recover from the defendant a satisfaction in damages for a breach of promise of marriage. It appeared in evidence that the plaintiff was a maiden lady, aged 56. The defendant, a young man of the age of twenty-three. He paid his addresses to the lady for about fix weeks, and promised her marriage, both verbally and by letters under his hand. The counsel for the defendant reprobated this action, on account of the disparity of the age of the parties. He said it was imposfible for a jury to conceive that the defendant could be serious when he made the promise of marriage to the plaintiff, who had neither youth, beauty, nor fortune, to attract his notice, for she was deformed in body, had lost an eye, and had scarcely a tooth in her head. The learned judge observed, that to maintain an action for damages, it was necessary that the promise of marriage should be made in a solemn manner, and the disparity of the age of the parties, was also a circumstance. to be taken into consideration. It was, however, extremely improper, for young men to sport with the feelings of old women, and there were cases, in which juries had made them pay for their jokes. The jury found a verdićt for the plaintiff-Damages 40s.
.” two afterwards she altered, her opinion, alledging that it did not fit, and therefore returned it. The plaintiff, though conscious that the orders given had been fully complied with, yet requested that the habit might be again put on, and if any fault appeared in the making of it, that any other orders should be immediately attended to. Some trifling alteration was in consequence made, but still it did not meet the good opinion of the lady; she perfifted in returning it; and from its being forced on the hands of the plaintiff, he at length instituted this ačtion. The jury, being perfeótly fatisfied with his condućt, had no hesitation in giving a verdićt in his favour, for the full amount of his bill, which entitles him to costs.
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