UNITED STATES V. HUGHES, 54 U. S. 7 (1851)

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United States v. Hughes, 54 U.S. 13 How. 7 7 (1851)

United States v. Hughes

54 U.S. (13 How.) 7


The decision in the two preceding cases again affirmed.

The parties were the same as in the two preceding cases.

Joseph Hughes filed his petition on 16 June, 1846, claiming 3,200 arpents of land as having been granted by the Governor of Louisiana, Gayoso, on the 26th April, 1798, to Andre Martin. He alleges that said Martin took immediate possession, and held it till his death. That in the year 1840, the board of commissioners reported favorably on said claim, but that Congress had never acted upon it, and that he will on the trial produce good and legal sales and transfers of the said tract of land from the heirs of the said Martin to himself.

The answer put in on the part of the United States consists of a general denial of the statements in the petition.

The evidences of title exhibited on the part of the petitioner were:

1st. The petition of Andre Martin to the governor for a grant of 3,200 arpents &c., dated March 28, 1798.

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2d. The concession and order of survey made by Governor Gayoso and dated 26 April, 1798.

3d. The sales and deeds of conveyance by the heirs of Andre Martin under which the petitioner Hughes claims, dated respectively 13 and 14 July, 1848.

Testimony was offered to prove the genuineness of Gayoso's signature to the order of survey.

The district court decided in favor of the petitioner and the United States appealed.

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