Cases Collect & Report per Sir Fra. Moore, Chivalier

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Cases Collect & Report per Sir Fra. Moore, Chivalier

Title page from Cases Collect & Report per Sir Fra. Moore, Chivalier, George Wythe Collection, Wolf Law Library, College of William & Mary.

Author Sir Francis Moore
Editor Sir Geoffrey Palmer
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Published London: Printed for G. Pawlet, and are to be sold by Mat. Wotton
Date 1688
Edition Second
Language English
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Pages 9, 918, [73]
Desc. Folio (31 cm.)
Location Shelf I-5
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Sir Francis Moore (1559 – 1621), a lawyer and politician, entered St. John's College, Oxford in 1574.[1] Although he never received an undergraduate degree, he received an MA as under-steward to the University in 1612.[2] Moore entered the New Inn, gained admittance to the Middle Temple in 1580,[3] and was called to bar in 1587.[4] His ascent in the political and legal fields was rapid.[5] In 1589, Moore was elected to Parliament for Boroughbridge in Yorkshire,[6] and was appointed to the bench of Middle Temple in 1603.[7] In 1614, he was made a serjeant and, three years later, became a knight.[8] Moore died in 1621 and was buried in Great Fawley, Berkshire.[9]

Frontispiece portrait of Sir Francis Moore.

Moore amassed great wealth, spending nearly £10,000 on property alone.[10] As a member of Parliament he was loyal supporter of his constituents, and remained an active opponent of monopolies.[11] He was particularly adept with the law of uses, drafting the statute of charitable uses and inventing the conveyance of lease and release.[12] Religiously, Moore may have remained a Catholic. Although Moore supported anti-recusant legislation in 1601, his will, marriage of a daughter into a Catholic family, and the allegations of his wife of being a recusant after his death indicate that he may have remained loyal to the Church.[13]

After his death, Moore's manuscripts were highly regarded, being circulated widely for nearly forty years before their publication by his son-in-law, Sir Geoffrey Palmer, in 1663.[14]

Evidence for Inclusion in Wythe's Library

Listed in the Jefferson Inventory of Wythe's Library as "Moore's rep. fol." and given by Thomas Jefferson to Dabney Carr. The Brown Bibliography[15] includes the 1688 edition which Thomas Jefferson also owned.[16] Dean's Memo suggests the 1663 edition.[17] George Wythe's Library[18] on LibraryThing indicates "Precise edition unknown. Folio editions were published at London in 1663, 1675 and 1688." The Wolf Law Library purchased a copy of the 1688 edition, as suggested by Brown.

Headpiece, first page of text.

Description of the Wolf Law Library's copy

Backed in modern leather with cloth-covered boards.

Images of the library's copy of this book are available on Flickr. View the record for this book in William & Mary's online catalog.

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See also


  1. Wilfrid Prest, "Moore, Sir Francis (b. 1559, d. 1621)" in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, accessed March 11, 2014.
  2. Ibid.
  3. Ibid.
  4. Ibid.
  5. Ibid.
  6. Ibid.
  7. Ibid.
  8. Ibid.
  9. Ibid.
  10. Ibid.
  11. Ibid.
  12. Ibid.
  13. Ibid.
  14. John William Wallace, The Reporters Arranged and Characterized with Incidental Remarks 4th ed. (Boston: Soule and Bugbee, 1882), 122.
  15. Bennie Brown, "The Library of George Wythe of Williamsburg and Richmond," (unpublished manuscript, May, 2012) Microsoft Word file. Earlier edition available at:
  16. E. Millicent Sowerby, Catalogue of the Library of Thomas Jefferson, (Washington, D.C.: The Library of Congress, 1952-1959), 2:328 [no.2031].
  17. Memorandum from Barbara C. Dean, Colonial Williamsburg Found., to Mrs. Stiverson, Colonial Williamsburg Found. (June 16, 1975), 13 (on file at Wolf Law Library, College of William & Mary).
  18. LibraryThing, s.v. "Member: George Wythe," accessed on September 16, 2013.