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Redding v. Bell

Supreme Court of California
Oct 1, 1854
4 Cal. 333 (Cal. 1854)


Appeal from the Judicial District.


Cited Isham v. Bennington Iron Co. , 19 Vt. 249; Merlot v. Lawrence, 1 Blatchf. C. C. R. 612; Ham et al. v. State, 7 Blackf. 315; U. S. v. Warner et al. 4 McLean, 468; Payne v. Comer et al. 3 Bibb, 181.

Edwards & English, for Appellants.

Lee & Whitman, for Respondent.

Cited Bowen v. Lease, 5 Hill, 225; Taylor v. Delany, 2 Caine's Ca. 150; case of Yates, 4 Johns. 358; Howard v. Thompson, 21 Wend. 319; Article 4, § 23 State Constitution.

JUDGES: Mr. J. Heydenfeldt delivered the opinion of the Court. Mr. Ch. J. Murray concurring. Mr. Justice Wells dissenting.



The Act of 13th of April, 1854, amendatory of the general law Regulating the Office of State Comptroller, declares that " no warrant shall be drawn on the Treasury, except there be an unexhausted specific appropriation by law, to meet the same."

It is urged by the appellant that as the Act of May 1st, 1854, to create the office of State Printer, requires the Comptroller to draw his warrants on the Treasurer for such sums as may be due the State Printer, it takes the case out of the provision of the general law; that it is in effect a specific appropriation. This cannot be, because no fund is appropriated; there is no named amount which is capable of being exhausted. The two Acts are not in conflict, and can be easily reconciled. The State Printer Act required the warrants to be drawn, but this was in contemplation that there would be a specific appropriation, according to the settled financial system adopted by the Legislature, and without which, the requirement must be in abeyance.

Another fatal objection to the appellant's case is his failure to allege that there is any " moneys not otherwise appropriated by law," out of which the compensation in question is directed to be paid.

The judgment must be affirmed.



Mr. Ch. J. Murray concurred as follows:

I concur upon the last ground expressed in the opinion.



Mr. Justice Wells dissented, as follows:

With due respect to my associates, and upon full consideration of the law applicable to the case, I must dissent from this decision

Summaries of

Redding v. Bell

Supreme Court of California
Oct 1, 1854
4 Cal. 333 (Cal. 1854)
Case details for

Redding v. Bell

Case Details

Full title:B. B. REDDING, Appellant, v. SAMUEL BELL, Comptroller, Respondent

Court:Supreme Court of California

Date published: Oct 1, 1854


4 Cal. 333 (Cal. 1854)

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