Nations v. Johnson - 65 U.S. 195 (1860)
U.S. Supreme Court
Nations v. Johnson, 65 U.S. 24 How. 195 195 (1860)
Nations v. Johnson
65 U.S. (24 How.) 195
In a suit in the District Court of the United States for the Western District of Texas, a transcript of a record of the High Court of Errors and Appeals and the Chancery Court for the Northern District of the State of Mississippi was properly allowed to be offered as conclusive proof of the value of certain slaves, and of the amount of their annual hire until given up.
The laws of Mississippi provide that where a case is carried up to an appellate court and the defendant in error is a nonresident and has no attorney of record within the state, notice shall be given by publication in a newspaper of the pendency of said cause, which the appellate court shall then proceed to hear and determine.
These directions having been complied with, the jurisdiction of the appellate court was complete and the plea, in Texas, of nul tiel record properly overruled.
The American and English cases upon this point examined.
The decree of the court was also properly allowed to go to the jury as evidence of the value of the hire of the slaves after its rendition, evidence having also been offered at the trial of the value of such hire at that time.
The case having been on the chancery side oŁ the court and transferred thence to the law docket, a bill of exceptions does not bring into this Court for revision any errors alleged to have been committed when it was on the chancery side.
All the facts in the case, and also the proceedings of the court below, are set forth in the opinion of this Court.