Alexander v. Pendleton
12 U.S. 462

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Alexander v. Pendleton, 12 U.S. 8 Cranch 462 462 (1814)

Alexander v. Pendleton

12 U.S. (8 Cranch) 462


If the case be clear, a court of equity will interpose to quiet the title.

A purchaser with notice is protected by his vendor's want of notice.

An adversary possession of fifty years, though with knowledge of a better title, constitutes a good defense against that title.

A purchaser without notice has a right to join his adversary possession to the ostensible adversary possession of his vendor, so as to give himself the benefit of the statute of limitations.

The case, as stated by MR. CHIEF JUSTICE MARSHALL in delivering the opinion of the court was as follows:

This suit was brought in the year 1806 in the Circuit Court for the County of Alexandria for the purpose of quieting the title of Nathaniel Pendleton, the plaintiff in that court, to 83 acres of land contiguous to the Town of Alexandria which have been in his possession, and in the possession of those under whom he claims, from the year 1732 to the present time.

Robert Alexander, being seized of a large tract, on part of which the Town of Alexandria now stands, on 17 January in the year 1731-1732, executed to Dade Massey, then about to intermarry with his daughter Parthenia Alexander, his bond in the penalty of

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