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At the London Sheriff*' Coutt recently, before Mr Under-Sberiff Burchell, the case of James v. Crisp, an action for breach of promise of marriage remitted from the High Court for the assessment of damages, was heard.' Miss Eliza Lily James, a dressmaker, of Lion House, Kew road, Richmond, claimed £SOO. Herbert Lawrence Crisp, a grocer's assistant, of Hindhead Chase, Grayshott, Hants. It appeared that the plaintiff carried on, along with her two sisters, a dressmaker's and court milliner's shop, and the defendant was for some time proprietor of a grocer's shop at Richmond; bough*- by money lent to him by the plaintiff's si-1 •ra. The couple became engaged in' September, 1896, and it was arranged that the marriage should take place in March. At the suggestion of the defendant the plaintiff sold her business, and it was agreed that the money Bhould be invested in the grocer's business. Eventually the defendant went to Grayshott, and, although he wrote affectionate letters, he never saw the plaintiff again. In some of his letters to the plaintiff he put crosses, meaning kisses, and said -. "These are to betaken every four hours." A little later he wrote calling the plaintiff a naughty girl for having spent so much on him in the form of presents, and concluded : "I must now say good-bye, as it is late, with plenty of extra special aud a good hug." The plaintiff said that in the defendant's grocery business his turn-over was £9O a week, the profits being about 15 per cent. The witness employed thirty hands ; and she offered to sell it when she was going to get married for £1,500. She intended putting the money into the defendant's grocery business with the view of buying out his two sisters. She made the acquaintance of the defendant as a customer at his shop. On one occasion she wrote him the following letter: — Memo.-The Missus James. October 14, 1896. My Own Little Darling,-How is the cold' I do hope better, and that the worries of yesterday have not been continued to-day. Please send three sodawater, packet of Bryant and May's matches, packet of candles, lib tomatoes (if you ■iY > i any) '-i L of cheese ( n{ ce one, mild, and you will have it for your supper), 61b of tea, as usual, lhe boy can bring them if you like, and a nice piece of bacon for boiling. With fondest love. Always your loving old Cis.

The defendant admitted having broken off the engagement; but he (counsel) thought that the action ought to be treated from a purely commercial point of view. He understood that one of his sisters had given him a third share of the grocery business, but when it was sold his sisters took all the money. He had broken off the engagement because of his altered circumstances. He was now. an assistant in a shop in Old Kent road, and was getting 183 a week. The • jury assessed the damages ab £176, and judgment was given accordingly with oosts.

Little boy : " The teacher aays there ia no marryin' in heaven." Little girl: "Of oourse not. There wouldn't be enough men to go around."

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AMUSING BREACH OF PROMISE CASE., Issue 10425, 21 September 1897

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AMUSING BREACH OF PROMISE CASE. Issue 10425, 21 September 1897

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