Bruce v. United States,
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58 U.S. 437 (1854)
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U.S. Supreme Court
Bruce v. United States, 58 U.S. 17 How. 437 437 (1854)
Bruce v. United States
58 U.S. (17 How.) 437
A Treasury transcript was admissible in evidence in a suit brought by the United States against their debtor, although authenticated copies of the receipts which the debtor had given for money did not accompany the transcript. If an item was charged against him which the debtor disputed, it was in his power to obtain the original voucher, and if it appeared on the face of the account that the item charged did not come into his hands in the regular course of business, the transcript would not be evidence to sustain that charge.
The cases upon this point examined.
It was not necessary for the United States to produce the commission of the debtor or a certified copy of it. The surety was estopped from denying it..
Where there were two consecutive commissions and two sets of sureties, the latter set were responsible for all money which remained in the hands of the principal at the expiration of the first commission. If it was misapplied during the first term of office, it was incumbent upon the second set of sureties to show that it was so.
The facts in the case are stated in the opinion of the Court.