Doctor and Student, or, Dialogues Between a Doctor of Divinity and a Student in the Laws of England: Containing the Grounds of Those Laws, Together with Questions and Cases Concerning the Equity and Conscience Thereof: also Comparing the Civil, Canon, Common and Statute Laws, and Shewing Wherein They Vary from One Another

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by Christopher St. Germain

Doctor and Student

Title page from Doctor and Student, George Wythe Collection, Wolf Law Library, College of William & Mary.

Author Christopher St. Germain
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Published London: Printed by S. Richardson and C. Lintot
Date 1761
Edition Sixteenth
Language English
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Pages 344, [39]
Desc. 8vo (21 cm.)
Location Shelf F-1
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Christopher St. Germain (c. 1460 – 1540/41) was a member of the Middle Temple in the late fifteenth and early sixteenth centuries.[1] Born in 1460, St. German was known for his scholarship and piety.[2] As an author, he is best known for his work Doctor and Student, chiefly released in 1528.[3] Initially, the piece was completely in Latin, but the language changed in later versions.[4]

Doctor and Student proposed to "explore the relationship between the principles of English law and conscience."[5] The format was a dialogue between a "Student of the English common law" and a "Doctor of Theology," in which they discussed the common law. The objectives of this work have been described as providing a description of the substantive law, discussing the tension between the common law and that of the church, and delving into "the role of conscience and equity in law, both in the court of Chancery and the common law itself."[6]

Evidence for Inclusion in Wythe's Library

Both Dean's Memo[7] and the Brown Bibliography[8] suggest Wythe owned the sixteenth (1761) edition of this title based on notes in John Marshall's commonplace book.[9] The Wolf Law Library purchased a copy of the sixteenth edition.

Inscription, table of contents.

Description of the Wolf Law Library's copy

Bound in recent period-style quarter calf over marbled boards with raised bands and lettering piece to the spine and endpapers renewed. Contains early owner signatures to the head of the title page and Table of Contents. Purchased from the Lawbook Exchange, Ltd.

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. J. H. Baker, "St German, Christopher (c.1460–1540/41)" in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, accessed October 9, 2013.
  2. R. H. Helmholz, "Christopher St. German and the Law of Custom," The University of Chicago Law Review 70, no. 1 (Winter 2003), 130.
  3. Ibid, 129.
  4. Baker, "St German, Christopher."
  5. Helmholz, "Christopher St. German and the Law of Custom," 130.
  6. Ibid.
  7. 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).
  8. Bennie Brown, "The Library of George Wythe of Williamsburg and Richmond," (unpublished manuscript, May, 2012) Microsoft Word file. Earlier edition available at:
  9. Herbert A. Johnson, Charles T. Cullen, and Nancy G. Harris, eds., The Papers of John Marshall (Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, in association with the Institute of Early American History and Culture, 1974), 1:47.

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