United States Reports (Volume 37); Cases Adjudged in the Supreme Court

9781234990695: United States Reports (Volume 37); Cases Adjudged in the Supreme Court
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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1853. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... *the United States, Appellants, v. Joseph Delespine's Heirs, Lazarus And Others. A translation, by the secretary of the board of land commissioners of Florida, whose duty it was to translate Spanish documents given in evidence before the board of commissioners, of a certified copy of a Spanish grant of land in Florida, which had been produced to the board, was properly admitted as evidence of the grant: satisfactory proof having been given to the Court, that the original grant could not be found in the records of East Florida; and that this was the best evidence, from the nature of the case, which could be given of the existence of the original paper, lost or destroyed. APPEAL from the superior court of East Florida. The heirs of Joseph Delespine, and others, purchasers from Joseph Delespine, filed a petition to the supreme court of East Florida, praying confirmation of a grant to Joseph Delespine, made by Don Jose Coppinger, on the 9th day of April, 1817; he being then the Spanish governor of East Florida. The grant was for forty-three thousand acres, under which surveys were made by George J. F. Clarke, then surveyor of the province, according to the terms of the grant. The petitioners exhibited, in support of their claim, the original translation, certified by Francis I. Facio, of the certified copy by Thomas de Arguilar, the government secretary of the province, which was brought into court by the keeper of the public archives of East Florida. Evidence was given, that the original grant by governor Coppinger had not been found among the archives, or any where. It was also in evidence, that a copy of the memorial of Joseph Delespine, and of the concession thereupon, for the forty-three thousand acres of land, purporting to have been certified by Thomas de Arg...

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