Presbyterian Church of Hagerstown v. Hoopes Artificial Stone, Cement & Paint Co.

CourtCourt of Appeals of Maryland
Writing for the CourtBRYAN, J.
Citation66 Md. 598,8 A. 752
Decision Date15 March 1887
PartiesPRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OF HAGERSTOWN v. HOOPES ARTIFICIAL STONE, CEMENT & PAINT CO.
8 A. 752
66 Md. 598

PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OF HAGERSTOWN
v.
HOOPES ARTIFICIAL STONE, CEMENT & PAINT CO.

Court of Appeals of Maryland.

March 15, 1887.


Appeal from circuit court, Carroll county.

Geo. W. Smith, Jr., Alex. Armstrong, and Atty. Gen. Roberts, for appellant.

Randolph Barton, Jas. A. C. Bond, and H. Kyd Douglas, for appellee.

BRYAN, J. The Hoopes Artificial Stone, Cement & Paint Company made a contract with the Presbyterian Church of Hagerstown by which it agreed to cover the walls of its parsonage with artificial stone. The evidence tended to show that some of the terms of the contract were verbal, and that other? were contained in written correspondence between the parties. This suit was brought by the Hoopes Company to recover an amount alleged to be due for the work done on the parsonage. There was evidence that it was agreed that the walls were to be covered with artificial stone of a gray color, which was warranted to endure exposure to the weather, and not to peal off; and also that the work was imperfectly done, and not in the manner required by the contract; and especially that the stone covering was streaked, speckled, spotted, and of a variegated and unsightly appearance. It was the function.

8 A. 753

of the jury to pass on the weight and value of this testimony, and it is our duty to state the propositions of law applicable to it.

If the plaintiff completed the work according to the terms of the agreement, it was entitled to recover the contract price. If, however, it was done imperfectly, or in a manner variant from the stipulations of the contract, and was accepted by the defendant, the plaintiff was entitled to recover what it was reasonably worth. There can be no question on this point since the decision of this court in Watchman v. Crook, 5 Gill & J. 239. We take the principle to be that a person entering into a contract has a right to insist on the performance of it in all particulars according to its meaning and spirit; but that, if he chooses to waive any of the terms introduced for his own benefit, he has the power to do so. If he contracts for an article of a particular quality or style of workmanship, and he elects to accept, in lieu of it, one of another kind, he discharges the other party from the obligation of furnishing an article which complies with the specifications of the contract, and he becomes bound by a new implied contract to pay for the article which he has accepted, what it is reasonably...

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  • Evans v. Cheyenne Cement, Stone & Brick Company, 673
    • United States
    • United States State Supreme Court of Wyoming
    • March 24, 1913
    ...94 S.W. 443; Halleck v. Bresnahen, 3 Wyo. 73; Land Co. v. Brewer, 51 So. 559; Marchland v. Perrin, 124 N.W. 1112; Church v. Cement Co., 66 Md. 598.) The finding that the sidewalk had not been condemned by the city engineer is against the evidence, the city engineer having testified that he ......
  • Nordin Const. Co. v. City of Nome, Nos. 1290
    • United States
    • Supreme Court of Alaska (US)
    • October 1, 1971
    ...(contract to repair and remodel a house); Meyer v. Frenkel, 113 Md. 36, 77 A. 369 (1910) (plumbing); Presbyterian Church v. Hoopes, Co., 66 Md. 598, 8 A. 752 (1887) (contract to cover parsonage with certain stone, performance totally defeating the purpose intended because of the use of stre......
  • Hammaker v. Schleigh, No. 5
    • United States
    • Court of Appeals of Maryland
    • November 21, 1929
    ...384, 76 A. 854; Central Trust Co. v. Arctic, etc., Co., 77 Md. 202, 238, 26 A. 493; Presbyterian Church v. Hoopes Artificial Stone Co., 66 Md. 598, 604, 8 A. 752. Dakin & Co. v. Lee, L. R. [1916] 1 K. B. 566 and annotations in 10 British Ruling Cases 700-775; and see cases reported and ......
  • Evergreen Amusement Corp. v. Milstead, No. 98
    • United States
    • Court of Appeals of Maryland
    • March 28, 1955
    ...Construction Co. v. Barry, 135 Md. 275, 108 A. 688; Iron Clad Mfg. Co. v. Stanfield, 112 Md. 360, 76 A. 854; Presbyterian Church v. Hoopes, 66 Md. 598, 8 A. We think that the case below was tried and decided without reversible error. Judgment affirmed, with costs. BRUNE, C. J., dissents in ......
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13 cases
  • Evans v. Cheyenne Cement, Stone & Brick Company, 673
    • United States
    • United States State Supreme Court of Wyoming
    • March 24, 1913
    ...94 S.W. 443; Halleck v. Bresnahen, 3 Wyo. 73; Land Co. v. Brewer, 51 So. 559; Marchland v. Perrin, 124 N.W. 1112; Church v. Cement Co., 66 Md. 598.) The finding that the sidewalk had not been condemned by the city engineer is against the evidence, the city engineer having testified that he ......
  • Nordin Const. Co. v. City of Nome, Nos. 1290
    • United States
    • Supreme Court of Alaska (US)
    • October 1, 1971
    ...(contract to repair and remodel a house); Meyer v. Frenkel, 113 Md. 36, 77 A. 369 (1910) (plumbing); Presbyterian Church v. Hoopes, Co., 66 Md. 598, 8 A. 752 (1887) (contract to cover parsonage with certain stone, performance totally defeating the purpose intended because of the use of stre......
  • Hammaker v. Schleigh, No. 5
    • United States
    • Court of Appeals of Maryland
    • November 21, 1929
    ...384, 76 A. 854; Central Trust Co. v. Arctic, etc., Co., 77 Md. 202, 238, 26 A. 493; Presbyterian Church v. Hoopes Artificial Stone Co., 66 Md. 598, 604, 8 A. 752. Dakin & Co. v. Lee, L. R. [1916] 1 K. B. 566 and annotations in 10 British Ruling Cases 700-775; and see cases reported and ......
  • Evergreen Amusement Corp. v. Milstead, No. 98
    • United States
    • Court of Appeals of Maryland
    • March 28, 1955
    ...Construction Co. v. Barry, 135 Md. 275, 108 A. 688; Iron Clad Mfg. Co. v. Stanfield, 112 Md. 360, 76 A. 854; Presbyterian Church v. Hoopes, 66 Md. 598, 8 A. We think that the case below was tried and decided without reversible error. Judgment affirmed, with costs. BRUNE, C. J., dissents in ......
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