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PUBLIC AGENTS. The rules fixing the liability of agents to third per sons, which have just been presented, are applicable to private agents, as distinguished from public agents or officers. Public officers or agents owe their duty pri marily to the public, and it is the general rule that they do not become liable to individuals for neglect or vio lation of their public duties: But in case they owe a duty to a particular individual which duty is minis terial in nature, and does not involve judgment or dis cretion in its exercise, they do become liable to the in dividual for any damage or injury sustained by him.

(Moss Cummings, 44 Mich. 359; Mechem, Agency, Secs.

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