Bennett v. Butterworth
53 U.S. 367 (1851)

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Bennett v. Butterworth, 53 U.S. 12 How. 367 367 (1851)

Bennett v. Butterworth

53 U.S. (12 How.) 367

Syllabus

Where slaves are in the possession of a mortgagee, who renders an account of the profits of their labor and the expenses which he has incurred on their behalf, he must be held bound to exercise a reasonable diligence in keeping them engaged in useful employments.

It is not a sufficient excuse for allowing them to remain idle to say that he managed them as they had been managed by their former master, the mortgagor.

If the mortgagee is charged with their hire from a period commencing three months after the death of the mortgagor, he is not charged too much.

Where the account of the master charged the mortgagee with a certain sum for their hire, exclusive of clothing, medical treatment, or other expenses, it was a correct mode of stating the account.

The facts are fully stated in the opinion of the court.

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