Flight v Booth

JurisdictionEngland & Wales
Judgment Date24 November 1834
Date24 November 1834
CourtCourt of Common Pleas

English Reports Citation: 131 E.R. 1160



S. C. 1 Scott, 190; 4 L. J. C. P. 66. Considered, Spunner v. Walsh, 1847, 10 Ir. Eq. R. 386. Applied, In re Davis and Cavey, 1888, 40 Ch. D. 608; In re Fawcett and Holmes' Contract, 1889, 42 Ch. D. 150. Discussed, Jacobs v. Revell, [1900] 2 Ch. 864. Applied In re Puckett and Smith's Contract, [1902] 2 Ch. 258. Distinguished, Shepherd v. Croft, [1911] 1 Ch 525, 527, 528.

flight v. booth. Nov. 24, 1834. [S. C. 1 Scott, 190 ; 4 L. J. C. P. 66. Considered, Spunner v. Walsh, 1847, 10 Ir. Eq. R. ''386. Applied, In re Davis and Cavey, 1888, 40 Cb. D. 608 ; In re Fawcett and Holmes' ò Contract, 1889, 42 Ch. D. 150. Discussed, Jacobs v. Eevell, [1900] 2 Cb. 864. Applied In re Puckett and Smith's Contract, [1902] 2 Cb. 258. Distinguished, Shepherd v. Croft, [1911] 1 Ch. 525, 527, 528. The particulars of sale of certain leasehold premises in Covent Garden stated, that under the original lease " no offensive trade was to be carried on, and that the premises could not be let to a coffee-house keeper or working hatter."-The original lease, when produced, appeared to prohibit the businesses of brewer, baker, sugar-baker, vintner, victualler, butcher, tripe-seller, poulterer, fishmonger, cheese-seller, fruiterer, herb-seller, coffee-house keeper, working-hatter, and many others, and the sale of coals, potatoes, or any provisions: Held, that there was such a material discrepancy between the particulars and the lease, as to entitle a purchaser to rescind his contract. This cause having, by consent of parties, been referred to arbitration under an order of nisi prius, the arbitrator found, in a special award, That the declaration in this action was for money paid by the Plaintiff for the Defendant's use, and for money received by the Defendant to the Plaintiff's use, to which the general issue was pleaded; and the action [371] was brought to recover the sum of 1001. paid by the Plaintiff as a deposit on the purchase by auction of certain premises situated in the Piazza, Covent Garden, and held under a lease from the Duke of Bedford. The premises were described in the printed particulars of sale, on the back of which the Plaintiff had signed the memorandum of the contract, as calculated for an extensive business in carpets, haberdashery, drapery, paper, floorcloth, upholstery, grocery, tea trade, or coach-building. It was also stated in the same particulars, that, by a clause in the lease, " the lessee is to insure the premises for 30001., and no offensive trade is to be carried on; they cannot be let to a coffeehouse keeper, or working hatter." Printed conditions of sale followed; and by the sixth it was provided, that if, through any mistake, the estate should be improperly described or any error or misstatement be inserted in that particular, such error or mis-statement should not vitiate the sale, but the vendor or purchaser, as the case might happen, should pay or allow a proportionate value according to the average of the whole purchase-money, as a compensation either way. By the last condition it was, among other things, provided, that if the purchaser should neglect or fail to complete the purchase within a day, which had expired previously to the commencement of the action, the deposit money should become forfeited to the vendor. The sale took place, and the contract was signed, on the 16th of May 1833. On the 10th of June an abstract of title was delivered by the vendor's solicitor to the Plaintiff's, which contained the following note of the proviso hereinafter set out,-"proviso for re-entry in 1 BING. (N. C.) 372. FLIGHT V. BOOTH 1161 case of non-payment of rent, or non-performance of covenants, or carrying on any particular trade without a licence for that purpose under the hand of the Duke of Bedford first had and obtained." At the date [372] of the sale and...

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