When it does not appear that a grant from the Mexican Republic
had been deposited and recorded in the proper public office among
the public archives of the republic, this Court must decide
adversely to a claim under it.
MR. CHIEF JUSTICE WAITE delivered the opinion of the Court.
Notwithstanding the great ability with which this cause has been
argued before us on behalf of the appellants, we are unable to
distinguish it from a large number of cases to be found in our
reports in which we have felt compelled to decide adversely to
claims made under alleged Mexican grants because it did not appear
that a grant from the Mexican government had been "deposited and
recorded in the proper public office, among the public archives of
the republic." United States v.
20 How. 64; United
States v. Castro,
24 How. 349; United
States v. Knight,
1 Black 251; Peralta v. United
3 Wall. 440.
The decree of the district court is therefore affirmed, upon the
authority of those cases.