United States v. Castillero
67 U.S. 17 (1862)

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United States v. Castillero, 67 U.S. 2 Black 17 17 (1862)

United States v. Castillero

7 U.S. (2 Black) 17

APPEALS FROM THE DISTRICT COURT FOR

THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA

Syllabus

1. Paredes, president of Mexico from 15 December, 1845, until 29 July, 1846, exercised extraordinary powers, but it is not certain that such of his acts as violated the law were ever ratified. Semble that such ratification was necessary to make his acts valid as against the government.

2. Conceding the power of the acting president of the republic to make a grant of land in California, the several documents attesting any supposed grant are to be examined with care, since it thus becomes a question of construction whether it was or was not intended to be a grant.

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