4. On February 19, 1945, the defendants were the owners of a certain parcel of land situate in the County of Allegheny in the Western District of Pennsylvania, hereinafter referred to as Parcel No. 6.
5. After negotiations with representatives of the Veterans' Administration the defendants, on February 19, 1945, executed and delivered to the Government representatives a paper entitled 'Sales Agreement', whereby the defendants offered to sell Parcel No. 6 to the United States of America for the sum of $ 4,000.00.
6. At this time, Parcel No. 6 was subject to a mortgage of $ 1,594.02.
7. By letter dated July 7, 1945, the United States accepted the defendants' offer and agreed to pay $ 4,000.00 for Parcel No. 6, subject to the Attorney General's approval of the title.
8. When the Government accepted the defendants' offer in July, a provision was added to the contract which permitted the defendants to reside on the premises, rent free, for one year from the date of the offer.
9. On January 30, 1948, the United States filed its Petition in Condemnation of Parcel No. 6 and by procedure in accordance with the Federal Condemnation Statute, 40 U.S.C.A. §§ 257-258f, acquired title to said parcel of land by depositing in the registry of the court $ 4,000.00 as the just compensation.
10. The defendants' offer to sell did not specify a time for acceptance.
11. The defendants' offer to sell was accepted by the Government within a reasonable time.
12. The Government's representatives acted in good faith and the negotiations leading to the defendants' offer to sell were free from any misrepresentation or coercion on their part.
13. The defendants did not withdraw their offer.
14. At no time did the defendants object to the Government for its delay in acquiring title to this land.
15. The time interval between the consummation of the contract and the condemnation proceedings was not unreasonable under all the circumstances.
Conclusions of Law.
I. This case is within the jurisdiction of this Court.
II. On February 19, 1945, the defendants offered to sell Parcel No. 6 to the United States of America for the sum of $ 4,000.00.
III. On July 7, 1945, the United States accepted the defendants' offer and agreed to pay $ 4,000.00 for Parcel No. 6.
IV. The defendants' offer was accepted within a reasonable time.
V. There was no misunderstanding or mutual mistake which would vitiate the contract as clearly set forth in the writings.
VI. Under the circumstances, the condemnation proceedings were instituted within a reasonable time from the date of the contract.
VII. A legally enforceable contract existed between the parties when the condemnation proceedings were instituted by the Government.
VIII. The amount of the just compensation for Parcel No. 6 is $ 4,000.00.
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