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Felthouse v Bindley [1862] EWHC CP J35 Court of Common Pleas

A nephew discussed buying a horse from his uncle. He offered to purchase the horse and said if I don't hear from you by the weekend I will consider him mine. The horse was then sold by mistake at auction. The auctioneer had been asked not to sell the horse but had forgotten. The uncle commenced proceedings against the auctioneer for conversion. The action depended upon whether a valid contract existed between the nephew and the uncle.

Held:

There was no contract. You cannot have silence as acceptance.
 
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