Lessee of Biddle v. Shippen, 1 Dall. 19 (Pa. 1773)

Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

Septemer Term, 1773.

The Lessee of Biddle versus Shippen.

The Plaintiff, among other evidence, offered a Map, made by one Zimmerman, about thirty years ago. One John Knorr, Zimmerman's nephew, proved that said Map was the work of his Uncle, at the request of the People of Germantown; that his Uncle dying before he was paid for it, it remained in the family; that it contains the lines of the Germantown Lots, and the adjacent out Lands; that, upon any difficulty, they apply to him, and this Map generally determines any disputes they may have about their Lines.

Mr. Chew opposed this Map, at first, but afterwards agreed that the Lands in controversy were as laid down in it, and admitted it with a salvo of its being no precedent. Upon the Plaintiff's offerings it to the Jury to take out with them. Mr. Chew opposed it; and some difference arising, the Court declared it was not proper evidence, that they should not have allowed its being offered to the Jury, nor would they suffer them to take it out with them.


But the Court also declared that the statute of 21. Jac. I. c. 16. at twenty years possession, extended here; and that it had never been doubted.

Citation: Lessee of Biddle v. Shippen, 1 U.S. 19, 1 Dall. 19 (Pa. 1773)

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