U.S. Supreme Court
Rhode Island v. Massachusetts, 38 U.S. 13 Pet. 23 23 (1839)
Rhode Island v. Massachusetts
38 U.S. (13 Pet.) 23
The State of Rhode Island, on leave granted at January Term, 1838, to amend a bill previously filed by the state against the State of Massachusetts, amended the bill at this term by inserting in it references to papers filed at the term of 1838. The State of Massachusetts was allowed until the term of 1840 to answer.
The rules which govern courts of equity as to the allowance of time for filing an answer and other proceedings in suits between individuals will not be applied by the Supreme Court to controversies between states of the Union. The parties in such cases must, in the nature of things, be incapable of acting with the promptness of an individual.