Stilk v. Myrick
Court of Common Pleas
170 Eng. Rep. 1168 (1809)
Stilk (plaintiff) was supposed to be paid five pounds per month while on a voyage at sea. During that voyage two crewmen deserted. The captain, unable to replace the deserters, told Stilk and the other crewmen that the wages of the deserters would be divided equally among the remaining crewmen.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Lord Ellenborough)