131 US 21 United States v. Drew

131 U.S. 21

9 S.Ct. 672

33 L.Ed. 93


May 13, 1889.

Sol. Gen. Jenks and Asst. Atty. Gen. Howard, for plaintiff in error.

J. L. Bradford and A. H. Leonard, for defendant in error.


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This is a suit in equity, brought against the United States to establish the claim of the plaintiff to have land-warrants or certificates of location for 1,015 acres of land made out and delivered to him by way of indemnity and satisfaction for a certain concession or grant of land made by the Spanish governor to one Francisco Adante, in 1788; the land itself having been surveyed as public land by the United States, and disposed of to purchasers. The claim is made under the provisions of the act of June 2, 1858, entitled 'An act to provide for the location of certain confirmed private land claims of the state of Missouri, and for other purposes,' (11 St. 294;) the claim in question having been confirmed by act of congress passed February 28, 1823, (3 St. 727.) The suit is subject to the same objections which exist in relation to the suits of Carrie Jones and others, ante, 669, (just disposed of,) and the same decree must be made as in thos cases. The decree of the circuit court is reversed, and the cause remanded, with instructions to dismiss the original petition or bill.