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COLSON V. LEWIS, 15 U. S. 377 (1817)

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Colson v. Lewis, 15 U.S. 2 Wheat. 377 377 (1817)

Colson v. Lewis

15 U.S. (2 Wheat.) 377


The jurisdiction of the circuit courts of the United States extends to a case between citizens of Kentucky, claiming lands exceeding the value of five hundred dollars under different grants, the one issued by the State of Kentucky and the other by the State of Virginia, but upon warrants issued by Virginia, and locations founded thereon prior to the separation of Kentucky from Virginia. It is the grant which passes the legal title to the land, and if the controversy is founded upon the conflicting grants of different states, the judicial power of the courts of the United States extends to the case, whatever may have been the equitable title of the parties prior to the grant.

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