Bell v. First National Bank of Chicago
115 U.S. 373 (1885)

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Bell v. First National Bank of Chicago, 115 U.S. 373 (1885)

Bell v. First National Bank of Chicago

Submitted October 30, 1885

Decided November 16, 1885

115 U.S. 373


A bill of exchange, dated March 4, payable in London, 60 days after sight, drawn in Illinois on a person in Liverpool and accepted by him "due 21st May," without any date of acceptance, was protested for nonpayment on the 21st of May. In a suit against the drawer on the bill, it was not shown what was the date of acceptance. Held that the bill was prematurely protested, it not appearing that days of grace were allowed.

Page 115 U. S. 374

This suit was brought in the Circuit Court of the United States for the Northern District of Illinois by the First National Bank of Chicago as endorsee, against the plaintiffs in error, co-partners under the name of Humphrey Bell & Co., as the drawers of three bills of exchange. One was in this form:

"Exchange for

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