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A History of the Common Law of ContractThe Rise of the Action of Assumpsit$
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A. W. B. Simpson

Print publication date: 1987

Print ISBN-13: 9780198255734

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198255734.001.0001

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The Doctrine of Consideration —Introduction

The Doctrine of Consideration —Introduction

(p.316) IV The Doctrine of Consideration —Introduction
A History of the Common Law of Contract

A.W.B. Simpson

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the role of the doctrine of consideration in the emergence of the action of assumpsit in England. It establishes the time at which the action of assumpsit became associated with the doctrine of consideration and discusses the essential features of the doctrine during the 16th and 17th centuries. It discusses the details of the earliest example of a case involving assumpsit and the doctrine of consideration in 1549.

Keywords:   action of assumpsit, doctrine of consideration, England

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