FLETCHER VS. PECK
\flˈɛt͡ʃə vˌiːˈɛs], \flˈɛtʃə vˌiːˈɛs], \f_l_ˈɛ_tʃ_ə v_ˌiː__ˈɛ_s]\
Definitions of FLETCHER VS. PECK
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a breach of covenant case before the Supreme Court in 1809-10, by writ of error from the Circuit Court of Massachusetts. Peck had sold to Fletcher certain lands in the State of Georgia, which had been purchased from the State. The breach assigned was that the Legislature of Georgia had no authority to dispose of the lands. Peck had averred that the title was good and that by the Act of the Georgia Legislature of January 7, 1795, the State was empowered to dispose of unappropriated lands. But in 1796 this act was repealed (see art. Yazoo Frauds). The Supreme Court decided that the grant of land by the State was a contract, and that the Act of 1796, impairing the obligation of this contract of 1795, was therefore unconstitutional and void.
By John Franklin Jameson
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