This case was about liability for a debt owed to John Howe, a wright, for his work for the Theatre Royal of Edinburgh. Howe alleged that the defender, John Bland, was liable as a joint lessee and partner to West Digges in the business of the theater. According to Howe, Bland and Digges were jointly and severally liable for the sum that was owed to him; because Digges was bankrupt, Howe sought to collect from Bland. Bland argued that he had given up his interest in the theater to Digges in exchange for a monthly fixed payment. Trained as a barrister, Bland signed case documents presenting his arguments.

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