1875.] CASTLEMAN V. SHERRY. 59
Statement of the case.
the contract could not be a material, inquiry as affecting
the right to dispose of it by the mortgage. (McGee v.
Fitzer, 37 Tex., 27; Green v. Armstrong, 1 Denio, 550;
Bricker v. HIghes, 4 Ind. 146; Austin v. Sawyer, 9
Cow. 39; Marshall v. Ferguson, 23 Cal., 66; Backenstoss
v. Stahler's Administrator, 33 Penn. St., 251.)
Finding no error in the judgment of which appellant
can complain, it is affirmed.
D. F. CASTLEMAN V. BARNEY SHERRY.
1. INSTRUCTIONS-SALE OF NEGRO.-A negro woman was sold and delivered
in November, 1864, without bill of sale, was held by vendee
until emancipation. In a suit by the vendor of the negro for specific
performance of a parol contract for sale of a tract of land which by
contract was to be part consideration for the negro, possession of
which had been given: Held, error to instruct the jury that a bill of
sale was necessary to pass title to the negro, or that plaintiff should
show title and right to convey the negro.
2. CHARGE UPON WEIGHT OF EVIDENCE.-TO charge the jury that
evidence of the admissions of a party is dangerousus and liable to
abuse: HIeld, error as charge upon the weight of evidence.
3. PAROL SALE OF LANDS--CONSIDERATION.-A negro sold and delivered
in consideration of land by parol, possession of the land
having been delivered, is sufficient as a payment to take the contract
out of the statute of frauds.
4. See case of parol sale of land enforced.
APPEAL from Red River. Tried below before the I-Ion.
A. II. Latimer.
David F. Castleman, for use of Francis G. Goodman, December
5th, 1865, suedl Barney Sherry for specific performance
of a parol contract for the sale of a tract of land in
Red River county.
The pleadings and evidence showed that in November,
1864, Goodman delivered to Sherry a negro woman, for
which Sherry was to convey to Goodman the tract of land,
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