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Ryerss v. Trustees of Presbyterian Congregation of Blossburg

Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
33 Pa. 114 (1859)


Ryerss (defendant) promised to give a gift of $100.00 to a congregation if it built a church in a specified location. Ryerss subsequently repeated this promise to the congregation. The congregation built the church in accordance with Ryerss’ specifications, but Ryerss refused to pay the $100.00 as promised. The Trustees of Presbyterian Congregation of Blossburg (Trustees) (plaintiff) brought suit to enforce the promise. The trial court instructed the jury that, if it accepted the evidence of the contract, it must find Ryerss liable. The jury found in favor of the Trustees. Ryerss appealed, objecting to the instructions given to the jury.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (Woodward, J.)

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