Dunlop v Higgins: HL 24 Feb 1848

Contracts made by post are complete when and where the letter of acceptance is posted.
Lord Cottenham LC said that the explanation for the contract arising was that there was a usage of trade to accept a postal offer by post. The Post Office was treated as the common agent of both contracting parties. That reason is not satisfactory.
Lord Cottenham LC
(1848) 6 Bell’s App 195, [1848] EngR 303, (1848) 1 HLC 381, (1848) 9 ER 805, (1848) 1 HLC 381
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Updated: 04 August 2021; Ref: scu.276450