Wood v. Brownrigg, 14 N.C. 430, 3 Dev. 430 (1832)

Dec. 1832 · Supreme Court of North Carolina
14 N.C. 430, 3 Dev. 430

John E. Wood v. Richard Brownrigg Ex’r.

Under the act of 1816, c 925,) a guardian is not authorised to recover compound interest, unless the ward can demand it of him.

Debt, upon a bond made by the defendant’s testator. payable to tfie plaintiff, as the guardian of a female in fant. The ward married before this action was brought, and the only question on the trial was, whether the plaintiff was entitled to recover compound interest, after the marriage. Swain, Judge, at Bertie, on the last Spring Circuit, ruled he was not, and judgment being entered accordingly, he appealed.

No counsel appeared for the plaintiff.

Iredell, for the defendant.

Ruffin, Judge.

The question arises on the construction of the act of 1816, (Tien. c. 925,) and I think there cannot be a doubt as to the meaning of the act. It does not change the rate of interest by reason of any stipulation as to the rate, expressly introduced into the contract, so as to attach to it through all time and in all hands. But it only provides that all guardians may recover compound interest, on bonds pay able to them in that'capacity. Why? Because they are generally liable for such interest — when that liability ceases, that is, when the wardship is at an end, the interest returns to the ordinary legal standard, because it is then a common debt, and not one *431which the guardian is compelled to make, iri the discharge of his duty to keep money out. As long as the money is the property of a ward, compound interest accrues, and no longer; for then the lato ward; , or late guardian may get it in. This was said before in the caso of Hooks v. Selers, at December term, 1829, and substantially held in Ryan v. Blount. (1 Eq. Rep. 382.)

Per Curiam. — Judgment appirmed.