United States v. West's Heirs - 63 U.S. 315 (1859)
U.S. Supreme Court
United States v. West's Heirs, 63 U.S. 22 How. 315 315 (1859)
United States v. West's Heirs
63 U.S. (22 How.) 315
Where a grant of land in California was genuine, and issued by the proper authority, a fraudulent attempt to alter it by erasures and interlineations for the purpose of enlarging the quantity, made after California had been ceded to the United States, will not vitiate the original grant.
The book called Jimeno's Index is not an authoritative proof of grants enumerated in it, or as a conclusive exclusion of grants not so registered, but may be referred to as an auxiliary memorandum made by Jimeno officially while he was secretary.
The case is stated in the opinion of the Court.