United States v. Delespine,
40 U.S. 319 (1841)

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United States v. Delespine, 40 U.S. 319 (1841)

United States v. Delespine

40 U.S. 319



Page 40 U. S. 320

In November 1830, Joseph Delespine presented a petition to the Superior Court of East Florida asking for the confirmation of a grant by the Spanish government of Florida of a tract of land on Rio Neuvo of two leagues to each point of the compass, to contain 92,160 acres. The claim of the petitioner was founded on an alleged grant to Juan Xavier de Arrambide, a Spanish subject, by the Captain General of the Island of Cuba on 15 November, 1813, which was confirmed by the Governor and Corporation of East Florida 22 March, 1814.

The petition alleged, as the reason the claim was not before presented for confirmation, there was no person, during a great portion of the time, as the district attorney of the United States, on whom process could be served as is required by the act of Congress. The documents on which the claim was founded and which were referred to in the proceedings on the part of the petitioner are particularly referred to in the argument of the Attorney General of the United States and in the opinion of the Court.

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