Shadwell v Shadwell [1860]

On hearing of plaintiff’s marriage, uncle wrote to plaintiff
stating that in accordance with earlier promise to assist, he would pay plaintiff
£150 per annum until plaintiff’s income reached certain stipulated level.
Plaintiff’s income never reached this level, annuity
fell into arrear, uncle died, and plaintiff sued executors.
Court thought there was consideration for uncle’s
promise –
Uncle benefited because marriage was an ‘object of
interest to a near relative’.
Plaintiff incurred detriment in that he might have
been in difficult position if money withheld.
[Though note that view of dissentient, that uncle’s
promise was not binding for want of contractual intention, was later approved
in Jones v Padavatton]