Cameron v. Mason, 42 N.C. 180, 7 Ired. Eq. 180 (1851)

June 1851 · Supreme Court of North Carolina
42 N.C. 180, 7 Ired. Eq. 180


A vendor, who has parted with his title to land,.has no equitable lien-on tho land for the purchase money.

The case of Womble v. Battle, 3 Ire. Eq. 182 cited and approved.

Cause transmitted by consent to the Supreme Court from the Court of Equity of Cumberland County, at the Spring Term 1851.

In 1842 the plaintiff sold to the defendant Mason apiece 1 of land in fee for $700, payable in three annual instalments, for which the purchaser gave his three promisory notes. In a few months afterwards the plaintiff let Mason into possession and made him a deed, and the latter then agreed to give new notes with sureties for the price in some short time. In December 1842, and March 1843, Mason made payments to the amount of nearly $200, on the first instalment. But he never gave new notes; and in May 1843 he sold the premises to the other defendant and conveyed them to him. In July following this bill was filed, charging the insolvency of Mason, and that McCormick was fully informed of the terms of the agreement between the plaintiff and Mason, and knew, at the time he purchased, that Mason had not paid the purchase money, nor given notes with sureties for it; and praying a declaration, that the plaintiff is entitled to a lien on the land in the hands of McCormick for the balance due to the plaintiff therefor, and for a decree, in default of payment by. one of the defendants, to have the money raised out of the land and for. general relief.

Strange, for the plaintiff.

TV. Winslow, for the- defendant.

*181Ruffin, C, J.

It is not necessary to consider the answers, as, upon the authority of Womble v. Battle, 3 Ire. Eq. 182, the bill is insufficient upon its face, as far as it seeks to set up an equitable lien for the purchase money. This bill was filed before that decision; but in that aspect it is fully answered by i't The Counsel, however, contended; that there were circumstances to establish a pre-contract or collusion between the defendants, to the effect, that Mason should make the purchase for the purpose of conveying to McCormick at a less price, so that thereby McCormick might get the premises at an under value and the plaintiff defeated of a large part of the price by reason of Masons insolvency. But, without undertaking to determine the effect of such a state of facts, if existing, the Court is obliged to say, that the supposed facts are not only not established by proof, but they are not sufficiently alleged in the bill <o authorise a declaration of them, nor a decree on them»

Pee Cukiam. Bill dismissed with costs.