UNITED STATES V. MORGAN, 154 U. S. 565 (1869)

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U.S. Supreme Court

United States v. Morgan, 154 U.S. 565 (1869)

United States v. Morgan

No. 191.

Argued March 29-31, 1869

Decided April 12, 1869

154 U.S. 565



Reversed on the authority of United States v. Adams, 7 Wall. 463.

The case is stated in the opinion.

MR. JUSTICE NELSON delivered the opinion of the Court.

This is an appeal from the Court of Claims.

The petition in this case sets forth that Morgan, under a contract with the government, in September, 1861, purchased 522 horses, for which he was to receive $130 each; that the government has refused to pay the price according to the contract, and that a balance remains of $7,830. This contract was made with the petitioner by Reeside, an agent of General Fremont, who had been authorized to purchase 2,000 horses for his military department at the price above stated.

The claim was presented to the board of commissioners appointed to investigate contracts made in this department, and after an examination into the claim, it was reduced $7,830, the board allowing only $115 per head for the horses, instead of $130, the contract price, and give the claimant a voucher for the amount at this rate, $60,076, payment of which was afterwards accepted by him from the government.

The Court of Claims decreed in his favor the contract price, deducting the above payment. The case falls within the decision of United States v. Adams, 9 Wall. 554, and this decree must therefore be reversed.

The case is remanded, with directions to dismiss the petition.