U.S. Supreme Court Berreyesa v. United States, 154 U.S. 623 (1876)
Berreyesa v. United States
Argued November 2-3, 1876
Decided December 11, 1876
154 U.S. 623
APPEAL FROM THE DISTRICT COURT OF THE UNITED
STATES FOR THE DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
When it does not appear that a grant from the Mexican Republic had been deposited and recorded in the proper public office among the public archives of the republic, this Court must decide adversely to a claim under it.
MR. CHIEF JUSTICE WAITE delivered the opinion of the Court.
Notwithstanding the great ability with which this cause has been argued before us on behalf of the appellants, we are unable to distinguish it from a large number of cases to be found in our reports in which we have felt compelled to decide adversely to claims made under alleged Mexican grants because it did not appear that a grant from the Mexican government had been "deposited and recorded in the proper public office, among the public archives of the republic." United States v. Cambuston, 20 How. 64; United States v. Castro, 24 How. 349; United States v. Knight, 1 Black 251; Peralta v. United States, 3 Wall. 440.
The decree of the district court is therefore affirmed, upon the authority of those cases.