Steamship Company v. United States
103 U.S. 721 (1880)

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Steamship Company v. United States, 103 U.S. 721 (1880)

Steamship Company v. United States

103 U.S. 721

Syllabus

The contracts entered into by the United States and the Pacific Mail Steamship Company for carrying the mails by the latter between San Francisco and certain Asiatic ports, considered.

Held:

1. That the company has no claim to compensation other than sea postage for carrying them in vessels which had not been accepted by the Postmaster General.

2. That it is entitled to recover, under the contract of Aug. 23, 1873, for services performed, pursuant to its terms, in vessels which he had, under the contract of Oct. 16, 1866, accepted.

3. That the annulment of the contract by the Act of March 3, 1875, c. 128, does not affect the company's claim for such services on a voyage commenced before that date.

The facts are stated in the opinion of the Court.

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