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Harvey v Facey [1893] AC 552  Privy Council

Harvey sent a Telegram to Facey which stated: -

"Will you sell us Bumper Hall Pen? Telegraph lowest cash price-answer paid;"

Facey replied by telegram:-

"Lowest price for Bumper Hall Pen £900."

Harvey then replied:-

"We agree to buy Bumper Hall Pen for the sum of nine hundred pounds asked by you. Please
send us your title deed in order that we may get early possession."


The Privy Council held that there was no contract concluded between the parties. Facey had not directly answered the first question as to whether they would sell and the lowest price stated was merely responding to a request for information not an offer. There was thus no evidence of an intention that the telegram sent by Facey was to be an offer.
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