ILLITERATE. This term is applied to one unacquainted with letters.
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.
, functionally illiterate
, led astray
, no scholar