Callender v. United States/Opinion of the Court

Callender v. United States, Hempst. 334 (D. Ark. 1846)
Opinion of the Court by Benjamin Johnson

JOHNSON, J., held, that as this petition was to confirm the grant to the Baron de Bastrop, lying principally, as it appeared from the record, in the State of Louisiana, the court there was the proper tribunal to entertain jurisdiction over the claim, and that this court should not do so; and that the objection to the jurisdiction of this court urged by the district attorney was well taken, and that the petition ought to be dismissed.

Petition dismissed.[1]

  1. HISTORY OF THE CLAIM.—The petitioners claimed under the Baron de Bastrop, to whom it was represented that the Baron de Carondelet, on the 20th June, 1797, had granted twelve leagues square, or more than a million of arpens of land, and situated, according to the figurative plan of Don Carlos Trudeau, royal surveyor, in the port of Ouchita, eighty leagues above the mouth of that river, adjoining on the part of the south-west the eastern shore of the river and bayous Ouchita, Bartholomew, and Siard, and giving a further description. The grant is principally situated in Louisiana, the smaller portion being situated in Chicot county, Arkansas, on the bayou Bartholomew. The history of the claim will be found in full in the case of The United States, Appellants, v. Philadelphia and New Orleans, 11 Howard's S.C. Rep. 610, in the supreme court, on appeal from the district court of Louisiana, which was argued by Mr. Crittenden, attorney-general, for appellants, and Mr. Strawbridge, Mr. Soule, and Mr. Sergeant, for the appellees. The Supreme Court, by Judges Taney, Catron, Daniel, Nelson, and Woodbury, decided the claim to be invalid, and rejected the same; Judges McLean, wayne, McKinley, and Grier, dissenting. Ann M. Callender et al. brought their petition in the district court of Louisiana for the confirmation of the de Bastrop grant, which was declared invalid by the supreme court. 11 Howard's S.C. Rep. 662.