United States v. Heirs of Waterman,
39 U.S. 478 (1840)

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United States v. Heirs of Waterman, 39 U.S. 14 Pet. 478 478 (1840)

United States v. Heirs of Waterman

39 U.S. (14 Pet.) 478




A grant of land by the government of Florida, made before the cession of Florida to the United States by Spain, confirmed, every point involved in the case having been conclusively settled by the Court in their former adjudications in similar cases.


This case comes up by appeal from the Superior court of East Florida in which the claim of the appellees to a tract of land described in the record was confirmed by a decree of that court, proceeding pursuant to the acts of Congress for the final adjustment of claims to land in that territory.

It has been very candidly and properly admitted by the Attorney General that every point involved in the case has been conclusively settled by this Court in their former adjudications on similar cases; it therefore becomes unnecessary to state the nature of the claim now before us further than that it is founded on a lawful grant on conditions which have been fully performed by the grantee. This Court therefore orders, adjudges, and decrees that the decree of the court below adjudging that the title of the appellees is valid under the Treaty of 22 February, 1821, between the United States and Spain, the laws and customs of Spain, the law of nations, and of the United States, be, and the same is hereby, affirmed, and the cause is remanded to the court below with directions to further proceed therein and to cause such further proceedings to be had as by law is directed.

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