Moies v. Eddy

CourtUnited States State Supreme Court of Missouri
Writing for the CourtNAPTON
Citation28 Mo. 382
Decision Date31 March 1859
PartiesMOIES et al., Respondents, v. EDDY, Appellant.

28 Mo. 382

MOIES et al., Respondents,
v.
EDDY, Appellant.

Supreme Court of Missouri.

March Term, 1859.


1. It is the province of the jury to determine questions of fact at issue in a cause; the court should not direct them to draw inferences that are not legal inferences.

Appeal from St. Louis Court of Common Pleas.

This was a suit against the defendant as endorser of a promissory note. The defence relied on was that the consideration for said note had failed, or that, by the wrongful taking of certain personal property, which had been conveyed to defendant's trustee to secure defendant against his liability on account of his endorsement, the plaintiffs became liable to him to an amount exceeding the amount of the note. It is deemed unnecessary to set forth the facts more fully.

Krum & Harding, for appellant.

Hitchcock, for respondents.


NAPTON, Judge, delivered the opinion of the court.

The latter part of the second instruction given for the plaintiff in this case was erroneous. The jury were directed to infer an intention on the part of Eddy to relinquish his security from his knowledge of the fact that the burr mills were returned when he endorsed the note sued on and his failure to make any objection. Such an inference is not a legal one, nor, as a matter of fact, does it necessarily follow. When the defendant took his deed of trust upon the Harrison burr mills and other machinery, he was apprised of the understanding that the mills were to be exchanged for others

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if they did not suit, and his failure to object to their removal may very well have arisen from a belief that the substituted mills would be covered by the deed of trust. Whether such an opinion would have been well founded or not in law is not material, but, if entertained in fact, it would rebut any conclusion that it was his intention, when he assented to the removal of the Harrison burr mills, to relinquish his security. It is stated in the bill of exceptions that the defendant also knew that these Harrison burr mills were credited by the plaintiff on Smead's general account--a circumstance, which, if true, would certainly be very strong evidence to show an intention on the...

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3 practice notes
  • Van Houten v. K.C. Pub. Serv. Co., No. 19033.
    • United States
    • Court of Appeal of Missouri (US)
    • November 7, 1938
    ...Frye v. St. Joseph Ry. L.H. & P. Co., 99 S.W. (2d) 540, l.c. 548-549; Glovers, Admr., v. Duhle, 19 Mo. 360, l.c. 360-361; Moies v. Eddy, 28 Mo. 382, l.c. 382-383; Stinwender v. Creath, 44 Mo. App. 356, l.c. 361, 366-367; State v. Swarens, 294 Mo. 139, l.c. 149-156, 159, 241 S.W. 934, l.c. 9......
  • Turner v. M.-K.-T. Railroad Co., No. 36124.
    • United States
    • United States State Supreme Court of Missouri
    • May 4, 1940
    ...A.L.R. 1511; Gannon v. Laclede Gas Light Co., 145 Mo. 515; Glover's Admr. v. Duhle, 19 Mo. 360; Ham v. Barret, 28 Mo. 388; Moies v. Eddy, 28 Mo. 382; Dowell v. Guthrie, 99 Mo. 653; Jones v. Frisco Ry. Co., 287 Mo. 78, 228 S.W. 780; Rice v. Jefferson City Bridge & Transit Co., 216 S.W. 752; ......
  • Ames v. Orme
    • United States
    • United States State Supreme Court of Missouri
    • March 31, 1859
    ...to which each party assented, and upon testimony which was admitted without objection from either side. The dispute involved really no [28 Mo. 382]legal questions; but were questions of fact suitable for a jury, and as the jury have passed upon them, and the court has sanctioned their verdi......
3 cases
  • Van Houten v. K.C. Pub. Serv. Co., No. 19033.
    • United States
    • Court of Appeal of Missouri (US)
    • November 7, 1938
    ...Frye v. St. Joseph Ry. L.H. & P. Co., 99 S.W. (2d) 540, l.c. 548-549; Glovers, Admr., v. Duhle, 19 Mo. 360, l.c. 360-361; Moies v. Eddy, 28 Mo. 382, l.c. 382-383; Stinwender v. Creath, 44 Mo. App. 356, l.c. 361, 366-367; State v. Swarens, 294 Mo. 139, l.c. 149-156, 159, 241 S.W. 934, l.c. 9......
  • Turner v. M.-K.-T. Railroad Co., No. 36124.
    • United States
    • United States State Supreme Court of Missouri
    • May 4, 1940
    ...A.L.R. 1511; Gannon v. Laclede Gas Light Co., 145 Mo. 515; Glover's Admr. v. Duhle, 19 Mo. 360; Ham v. Barret, 28 Mo. 388; Moies v. Eddy, 28 Mo. 382; Dowell v. Guthrie, 99 Mo. 653; Jones v. Frisco Ry. Co., 287 Mo. 78, 228 S.W. 780; Rice v. Jefferson City Bridge & Transit Co., 216 S.W. 752; ......
  • Ames v. Orme
    • United States
    • United States State Supreme Court of Missouri
    • March 31, 1859
    ...to which each party assented, and upon testimony which was admitted without objection from either side. The dispute involved really no [28 Mo. 382]legal questions; but were questions of fact suitable for a jury, and as the jury have passed upon them, and the court has sanctioned their verdi......

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