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Harris v. Watson

King’s Bench
170 Eng. Rep. 94 (1791)


Facts

Harris (plaintiff) was a seaman on Watson’s (defendant) ship. During the voyage, when the ship was in danger, Watson promised to pay Harris an extra five guineas (a type of British coin). Watson failed to pay and Harris sued. 

Rule of Law

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Issue

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Holding and Reasoning (Kenyon, L.)

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  • A “yes” or “no” answer to the question framed in the issue section;
  • A summary of the majority or plurality opinion, using the CREAC method; and
  • The procedural disposition (e.g. reversed and remanded, affirmed, etc.).

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