United States v. Castant - 53 U.S. 437 (1851)
U.S. Supreme Court
United States v. Castant, 53 U.S. 12 How. 437 437 (1851)
United States v. Castant
53 U.S. (12 How.) 437
This Court again decides, as in 50 U. S. 9 How. 127 and 51 U. S. 10 How. 609, that by the act of 1824, a claimant of land in Louisiana must aver and prove his residence in that province at the date of the grant or on or before the 10th of March, 1804.
Also that the act was not intended to provide for perfect grants. Over such the district court has no jurisdiction.
A decree of the court was erroneous authorizing the claimants to enter public land,
upon the ground that the United States had sold what was covered by the claim, when there was no evidence that the United States had made any such sales.
The circumstances of the case are stated in the opinion of the Court.