This term is applied to one unacquainted with
2. When an ignorant man, unable to read, signs a deed or
agreement, or makes his mark instead of a signature, and he
alleges, and can provide that it was falsely read to him, he is
not bound by it, in consequence of the fraud. And the same effect
would result, if the deed or agreement were falsely read to a blind
man, who could have read before he lost his sight, or to a
foreigner who did not understand the language. For a plea of
"laymen and unlettered," see Bauer v. Roth, 4 Rawle, Rep. 85 and
pp. 94, 95.
3. To induce an illiterate man, by false representations and
false reading, to sign a note for a greater amount than that agreed
on, is indictable as a cheat. 1 Yerg. 76. Vide, generally, 2 Nels.
Ab. 946; 2 Co. 3; 11 Co. 28; Moor, 148.
Source: Bouviers Law Dictionary 1856 Edition
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