U.S. Supreme Court
United States v. Simon, 53 U.S. 12 How. 433 433 (1851)
United States v. Simon
53 U.S. (12 How.) 433
In 1791, Miro granted an order of survey for some land in Louisiana.
During the ten years that, the province remained in the hands of Spain; the grantee neither had a survey nor took possession nor did any other act swing an intention of fulfilling the conditions upon which the grant was made.
The regulations of Morales required parties so situated to have their titles made out. In case of neglect, the Spanish government was under no obligation to grant the land, and therefore the claim is not good against the United States.
This case arose under the acts of 1824 and 1844, and was decided by the district court in favor of the petitioner. The circumstances are stated in the opinion of the Court.