Brittan v. Barnaby
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THIS was an appeal from the Circuit Court of the United States for the districts of California, sitting in admiralty.
It was a libel filed by Brittan, under the circumstances stated in the opinion of the court. The District Court dismissed the libel, and the Circuit Court affirmed the decree.
It was argued by Mr. Sherwood for the appellant, and Mr. Broom for the appellee.
The points only made by the counsel can be noticed. On the part of the appellant, they were the following:
1. The principle of mercantile law, that the consignee of the goods has a right to insist that they shall be discharged from the vessel, and that he may examine them before he makes himself liable for the freight, is elementary.
The carrier is not at liberty to insist that the goods shall not be be landed before he can call upon the merchant for freight. (Abbott on Shipping, 5th Am. ed., pp. 375, 376, 377; 3d Kent's Com., p. 214, and the notes and authorities there cited; Flanders on Shipping, p. 281, art. 281; Certain Logs of Mahogany, 2d Summer, 600; The Salmon Falls Manufacturing Co. v. The bark Tangier; Op. Justice Curtis; Monthly Law Reporter for May, 1858, p. 6.) This principle is also fully established by the civil law. (1 Valin, Liber 6, tit. 3, p. 665.)