Elwood v. Flannigan, 104 U.S. 562 (1881)
U.S. Supreme CourtElwood v. Flannigan, 104 U.S. 562 (1881)
Elwood v. Flannigan
104 U.S. 562
1. The United States agreed to grant to the chief of an Indian tribe two sections of land to be thereafter selected, and to convey them by patent. After they had been selected, he aliened them by deed in fee, with covenants of warranty. The patent was issued after his death. Held that the title to the sections inured to and was vested in his alienee.
2. The courts of the United States take judicial notice of the public statutes of the several States.
3. On proof of the loss of a deed executed and acknowledged in Michigan, in conformity to the laws of that state, and recorded in the county in Illinois, where the granted lands are situate, a duly certified copy of the record, with the requisite certificate of such conformity thereto annexed, is by the statute of Illinois admissible in evidence.
4. The certificate of acknowledgment (infra, p. 104 U. S. 564) conforms to the laws of Michigan in force on the day of its date.
The facts are stated in the opinion of the Court.