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Page 152 - The obligation of a contract is "the law which binds the parties to perform their agreement." Sturges v. Crowninshield, 4 Wheat. 122, 197; Story, op. cit., § 1378. This Court has said that "the laws which subsist at the time and place of the making of a contract, and where it is to be performed, enter into and form a part of it, as if they were expressly referred to or incorporated in its terms. This principle embraces alike those which affect its validity, construction, discharge and enforcement.
Page 132 - If the thing wanting or which failed to be done, and which constitutes the defect in the proceedings, Is something the necessity for which the legislature might have dispensed with by prior statute, then it is not beyond the power of the Legislature to dispense with it by subsequent statute; and If the irregularity consists in doing some act, or in the mode or manner of doing some act, which the Legislature might have made immaterial by prior law, It Is equally competent to make the same immaterial...
Page 510 - ... every alternate section of land, designated by odd numbers, for six sections in width on each side of said roads.
Page 155 - That all political power is inherent in the people, and all free Governments are founded on their authority, and instituted for their benefit; and that they have at all times an undeniable and indefeasible right to alter their form of government in such manner as they may think expedient.
Page 518 - ... if any of said roads are not completed within ten years, no further sale shall be made and the lands unsold shall revert to the United States.
Page 511 - That any and all lands heretofore reserved to the United States by any act of Congress, or in any other manner by competent authority, for the purpose of aiding in any object of internal improvement, or...
Page 511 - An,d be it further enacted, That the sections and parts of sections of land which, by such grant, shall remain to the United States, within six miles on each side of said roads, shall not be sold for less than double the minimum price of the public lands, when sold...
Page 151 - There can be no law of this State impairing the obligation of contracts by destroying or impairing the remedy for their enforcement ; and the Legislature shall have no power to revive any right or remedy which may have become barred by lapse of time, or by any statute of this State.
Page 511 - ... that a quantity of land not exceeding one hundred and twenty sections, and included within a continuous length of twenty miles of roads, respectively, may be sold; and when the Governor of said state shall certify to the Secretary of the Interior that any...
Page 152 - The obligation of a contract consists in its binding force on the party who makes it. This depends on the laws in existence when it is made; these are necessarily referred to in all contracts, and forming a part of them as the measure of the obligation to perform them by the one party, and the right acquired by the other.