Robertson v. Coulter - 57 U.S. 106 (1853)
U.S. Supreme Court
Robertson v. Coulter, 57 U.S. 16 How. 106 106 (1853)
Robertson v. Coulter
57 U.S. (16 How.) 106
In the State of Mississippi, a judgment of forfeiture was rendered against the Commercial Bank of Natchez and a trustee appointed to take charge of all promissory notes in possession of the bank.
The trustee brought an action upon one of these promissory notes.
The defendant pleaded that the plaintiff, as trustee, had collected and received of the debts, effects, and property of the bank an amount of money sufficient to pay the debts of the bank, and all costs, charges, and expenses incident to the performance of the trust.
To this plea the plaintiff demurred.
The action was brought in a state court, and the highest court of the state overruled the demurrer and gave judgment for the defendant.
This Court has no jurisdiction under the twenty-fifth section of the Judiciary Act to
review this decision. The question was merely one of construction of a statute of the state as to the extent of the powers of the trustee under the statute.
The facts of the case are stated in the opinion of the Court.