This section is from the book "The Law Of Contracts", by William Herbert Page. Also available from Amazon: Commercial Contracts: A Practical Guide to Deals, Contracts, Agreements and Promises.
If A pays B's debt upon B's request, either express or implied, A may recover from B.1 Thus, where the president and gen-
3 Bristol v. New Britain, 71 Conn. 201; 41 Atl. 548; Marlborough v. Framingham, 13 Met. (Mass.) 328; Strafford County v. Rockingham County, 71 N. H. 37; 51 Atl. 677; Milk-reek Township v. Miami, 10 Ohio 375.
4 Wile v. Southbury, 43 Conn. 53; Wing v. Chesterfield, 116 Mass. 353; Blodgett v. Lowell, 33 Vt. 174.
5 Bristol v. Fox, 159 111. 500; 42 N. E. 887; Clay County v. Palo Alto County, 82 la. 626; 48 N. W. 1053; Auburn v. Lewiston, 85 Me. 282; 27 Atl. 159; Reading v. Maiden, 141 Mass. 580; 7 N. E. 21; Taylor Township v. Shenango Township, 114 Pa. St. 394; 6 Atl. 475; Chittenden v. Stookbridge. 63 Vt. 308; 21 Atl. 1102; Charleston v. Lunenburgh, 23 Vt. 525; Portage County v. Neshkoro, 109 Wis. 520; 85 X. W. 414.
6 Palmer v. Hampden, 182 Mass. 511; 65 N. E. 817; Loudon v. Merrimack County, 71 N. H. 573; 53 Atl. 906; Rutland v. Chittenden, 74 Vt. 219; 52 Atl. 426; Danville v. Hartford, 73 Vt. 300; 50 Atl. 1082; Topham v. Waterbury, 73 Vt. 185; 50 Atl. 860.
7 Woodstock v. Hancock, 62 Vt. 348; 19 Atl. 991.
8Orland v. Penobscot, 97 Me. 29; 53 Atl. 830.
9 Eckman v. Brady Township, 81 Mich. 70; 45 X. W. 502. To the same effect see Perry County v. Du Quoin. 99 111. 479.
1 Littleton Savings Bank v. Land eral manager of a corporation takes up a debt of the corporation, in part with his individual funds, and in part with funds furnished by a stockholder, they may join in an action against the corporation for money thus furnished.2 If A, the agent of a railroad company, delivers freight to B upon B's promise to pay the freight charges thereon, and B does not make such payment, and as a result thereof A is obliged to pay such amount to the company, it being contrary to the rules of the company to deliver the freight until the charges were paid, A may recover from B.3 A carrier of imports may pay the duties thereon and claim a lien on the property therefor.4 A payment to a third person made on request may be recovered even if made under a special contract which proves unenforceable. Thus the directors and a majority of the stockholders in a corporation agreed with A, a stockholder, that A should spend a certain amount of money in developing a mine belonging to the corporation and receive compensation in stock. The contract was set aside by the court; but as the performance was beneficial to the corporation it was held that A could recover from the corporation the money thus expended.5 If A expends money on B's account at X's request, A has no right to recover from B unless X was authorized by B to make such request.6