November 8 he withdrew his application. It was held that theallotment must be made in reasonable time, it was not madeand so the offer lapsedb)If not accepted within prescribed time-Laws vRutherford: R gave a 3 months option to enter into contractto cut timber on her farm which expired on July 26. Havinghad nothing R asked L to remove certain plant he had erectedon the farm. On July 28 by letter and 29 by telegram Lpurported to exercise the option. HELD: as L had not notifiedhis acceptance within the fixed time a rule nissi( provisionalcourt order) interdicting him from cutting timer had beenproperly been made final.c)If the intended performance becomes illegal orimpossible, Wilson v Smith & Anor.Rules of Acceptance.In order for a contract to come into being the offer ought to accepted. It followstherefore that if offer is not accepted, no contract can come into being, andneither party (offeror and offeree) acquires rights until valid acceptance is made.Requirements of a valid acceptance.1.Must be definite and unequivocalIt must also exactly correspond with the terms of the offer. Thus offer mustbe accepted as it is stands and any alterations or conditional acceptancemay make the purported acceptance a counter-offer instead whichcancels the original offer( see Hyde v Wrench, Watermeyer v MurrayandJones v Reynolds) NB The offeror may accept the counter-offer but if hedoes not the counter-offeror cannot insist on reverting back to the originaloffer unless the original offeror agrees. However a request forconsideration of the the offer for some variation in the manner ofperformance e.g. asking for credit where offeror has not specified cashdoes not constitute a counter-offer.