Gazzam v. Lessee of Phillips
THIS case was brought up, by writ of error, from the Supreme Court of the State of Alabama.
The parties claimed under the same titles which were before this court in the case of Brown v. Clements, reported in 3 How., 650. A diagram is there given, explanatory of the mode in which the fractional section was divided between Stone and Etheridge.
The present suit was an ejectment brought in 1850, by Phillips and Etheridge, who claimed under Etheridge's title against Gazzam, who claimed under that of Stone.
The suit was brought in the Circuit Court of the county of Mobile, (State court,) where the verdict and judgment were for the plaintiffs, in 1855. The charge of the judge to the jury was in conformity with the opinion of this court in the case of Brown v. Clements, accompanied with the remark that such would not have been his charge, if it had not been for the decision of this court in that case.
In March, 1856, the Supreme Court of Alabama affirmed this judgment, and Gazzam sued out a writ of error to bring the case to this court.
The case of Brown v. Clements was argued and decided in this court at the term which commenced in December term, 1844. In the 24th vol. of Alabama Rep., new series, p. 354, containing the decisions of the Supreme Court at January term, 1854, there is the following opinion delivered by Chief Justice Chilton: