126. Meaning of 'mandate'.

Mandate1 is another species of bailment gratuitously undertaken by the bailee. It may be defined as a bailment of a specific chattel2 in regard to which the bailee engages to do some act without reward3. It has much in common with deposit4, but whereas in the case of deposit the principal object of the contract is to provide for the safe custody of the thing, and any service or labour, such as feeding an animal or preserving a perishable article, is merely accessory, in the case of mandate the safe custody of the chattel deposited is ancillary to an