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Evidence as to Terms of the Contract

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EVIDENCE AS TO TERMS OF THE CONTRACT. The general rule of law is that the written statement of a contract forms the best evi dence of the intention of the parties, and is not enlarged or varied by parol evidence. Exceptions to this rule mentioned by Anson are: (a) Terms supple mental or collateral to so much of the agreement as is in writing; (b) cases requiring explanation of the terms of the contract; (c) in introducing a custom or usage into the contract; (d) in applying equitable remedies in a case of mistake. (Anson on Cont. 244.)