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101 U.S. 541

Lovell  v.  Davis

ERROR to the Circuit Court of the United States for the District of Louisiana.

This action was brought against Lovell & Bailey on a charter-party entered into by them March 14, 1871, for a voyage of the American ship 'Adorna,' 'now lying in the harbor of New Orleans,' from the port of New Orleans to Liverpool, between Havre and Hamburg, both inclusive, or Cronstadt. It was agreed between the parties that 'this charter shall commence when the vessel is ready to receive cargo at the place of loading, and notice thereof is given to the party of the second part or their agent, and to end on a true delivery of cargo at the port of discharge.'

The defence was that by reason of the plaintiff's delay in presenting his vessel at New Orleans for receiving the cargo, the defendants had rescinded the contract, and were justified in doing so. A verdict and judgment were rendered for the plaintiff, the master of the chartered vessel. The defendants sued out this writ of error.

The remaining facts, and the instructions to the jury, are set forth in the opinion of the court.

Mr. Philip Phillips and Mr. W. Hallett Phillips for the plaintiffs in error.

No counsel app ared for the defendant in error.

MR. JUSTICE MILLER, after stating the facts, delivered the opinion of the court.


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