Stickney v. Stickney
131 U.S. 227 (1889)

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Stickney v. Stickney, 131 U.S. 227 (1889)

Stickney v. Stickney

No. 243

Argued April 9-10, 1889

Decided May 13, 1889

131 U.S. 227

APPEAL FROM THE SUPREME COURT

OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

Syllabus

In a suit in equity in the Supreme Court of the District of Columbia, it is competent, under the acts of Congress, for a married woman who is a party thereto to disclose, as a witness, directions given by her to her husband respecting the investment of her separate property, though she could not be compelled to make such disclosure against her wishes. Rev.Stat.Dist.Col. §§ 876, 877.

There is no higher presumption that a married woman in the District of Columbia intends, by placing her separate money in the hands of her husband, thereby to make a gift of it to him than there is that a third person has such intent when he in like manner deposits money with him. 16 Stat. 45, c. 23.

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