Stearns v. United States, 73 U.S. 589 (1867)
U.S. Supreme CourtStearns v. United States, 73 U.S. 6 Wall. 589 589 (1867)
Stearns v. United States
73 U.S. (6 Wall.) 589
The authority of the Mexican governors to make alienations of the public domain within the limits of California ceased July 7, 1846. Grants made after that date are void. A grant so made, though antedated, was accordingly in this case held null.