The lender must be taken to lend for the purpose of a beneficial use by the borrower. The borrower, therefore, is not responsible for reasonable wear and tear1. Older authority holds that, as the borrower alone receives benefit from the agreement, he is liable for the slightest degree of negligence; and he is bound to exercise the utmost degree of care in regard to the bailed chattel2 and anything accessory to it3. Under modern law, however, the borrower's responsibility is likely to be regarded as one of reasonable care and diligence in all the circumstances of the case4.
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