"CONTRACT is a bargain or agreement enforceable by law. The law of contract occupies so large a space in all civilized systems of law, that only a few of its more leading principles can be stated here. There is a general harmony in the jurisprudence of modern nations on this subject which is not to be found in other departments of law. [...]
"Certain classes of persons are under peculiar disabilities in matters of contract, viz., infants, lunatics, and married women. [...]
"A married woman, being in the eyes of the law merged in her husband, cannot bind herself by contract."
The world as seen through the clarifying lens of the 9th Edition of the Encyclopaedia Britannica (1875-1889).
Monday, 25 February 2008
5. Infants, Lunatics and Married Women
From Vol. 6 of the 9th Edition of the Encyclopaedia Britannica (1877):