Authority, credit, ascendance.
2. Influence is proper or improper. Proper influence is that
which one person gains over another by acts of kindness and,
attention, and by correct conduct. 3 Serg. & Rawle, 269. Improper
influence is that dominion acquired by any person over a mind of
sanity for general purposes, and of sufficient soundness and
discretion to regulate his affairs in general, which prevents the
exercise of his di scretion, and destroys his free will. 1 Cox s
Cas. 355. When the former is used to induce a testator to make a
will, it will not vitiate it; but when the latter is the moving
cause, the will cannot stand. 1 Hagg. R. 581; 2 Hagg. 142; 5 Serg.
& Rawle, 207; 13 Serg. & Rawle, 323; 4 Greenl. R. 220; 1 Paige, R.
171; 1 Dow. & Cl. 440; 1 Speers, 93.
3. A contract to use a party s influeuce to induce a person in
authority to exercise his power in a particular way, is void, as
being against public policy. 5 Watts & Serg. 315; 5 Penn. St. Rep.
452; 7 Watts, 152.
Source: Bouviers Law Dictionary 1856 Edition
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