The essential feature of the contract is the promise. An instrument which purports to be the recital of certain facts is not of itself a contract,1 even if such facts tend as evidence to establish the existence of a contract. If the instrument recites facts which establish an indebtedness and if it contains a promise to pay such indebtedness either in express language or by necessary inference, such instrument is a contract.2

5 Gomez v. Higgins, 180 Ala. 493, SO So. 417; Ferrara v. Russo, 40 R. I. 533, L. R. A. 1918B, 905, 102 Atl. 86

6 Ferrara v. Russo, 40 ft. I. 533, L. R. A. 1918B, 905, 102 Atl. 86,

1 State v. Meier, 140 la. 540, 118 N. W. 792. See Sec. 76.

2 Noyes v. Young, 32 Monk 226, 79 Ac. 1063.