Pemberton v. Lockett, 62 U.S. 257 (1858)
U.S. Supreme CourtPemberton v. Lockett, 62 U.S. 21 How. 257 257 (1858)
Pemberton v. Lockett
62 U.S. (21 How.) 257
An agreement between a claimant and certain persons in Washington whereby the claimant agreed to allow those persons a proportion of what might be recovered was terminated when the United States and Great Britain made a convention providing for the appointment of a board of commissioners to decide upon claims, in which the one in question was included.
The agreement looked only to the services in Washington of the persons employed, and the facts of the case indicate that such was the intention of the parties.
The facts are stated in the opinion of the Court.
The circuit court decreed that $14,230, being the one-half of the sum of $28,460 awarded, less five percent, together with interest thereon from the 20th of June, 1855, and costs, be paid by Pemberton to the complainants. From this decree Pemberton appealed to this Court.