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COVINGTON V. COMSTOCK, 39 U. S. 43 (1840)

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Covington v. Comstock, 39 U.S. 14 Pet. 43 43 (1840)

Covington v. Comstock

39 U.S. (14 Pet.) 43


An action was instituted in the Circuit Court of Mississippi, on a promissory note, dated at and payable in New York. The declaration omitted to state the place at which the note was payable, and that a demand of payment had been made at that place. The court held that to maintain an action against the drawer of a promissory note or bill of exchange, payable at a particular place, it is not necessary to aver in the declaration that the note, when due, was presented at the place for payment, and was not paid, but the place of payment is a material part in the description of the note, and must be set out in the declaration.

An action was instituted in the District Court of Mississippi by the defendant in error, on a promissory note dated at New York, March 2, 1836, by which Covington and McMorris promised to pay four thousand five hundred and sixty dollars and four cents, six months after date, to Nelson, Carleton, and Company, at New York. The note was endorsed by the drawees to the defendant in error, David A. Comstock.

The declaration on the note omits to state the place where the note was payable, and on the trial, the note was offered in evidence, and objected to by the defendant. The court allowed the note to be given in evidence, on which the defendant tendered a bill of exceptions, and a verdict and judgment having been rendered for the plaintiff, this writ of error was prosecuted.

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