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Ware v. Hylton

United States Supreme Court
3 U.S. (3 Dall.) 199 (1796)


Facts

In 1783, the Treaty of Paris ended the Revolutionary War. The Treaty provided that Great Britain would be able to recover all of its debts from the United States. [Virginia passed a law that allowed its citizen-debtors to pay money owed to British citizens via a state loan office, which would then discharge the debt. A resident of Virginia (defendant) paid a debt owed to a British Citizen (plaintiff) via the loan office.] The citizen of Great Britain brought suit against the Virginia resident to recover the debt. The United States Supreme Court granted certiorari.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Wilson, J.)

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