Reports of Cases Argued and Adjudged in the Courts of King's Bench, Common Pleas and Exchequer: to Which are Added Some Special Cases in the Court of Chancery, and Before the Delegates in the Reigns of King William, Queen Anne, King George the First, and His present Majesty

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by Sir John Comyns

Comyns' Reports

Title page from Reports of Cases Argued and Adjudged in the Courts of King's Bench, Common Pleas and Exchequer, George Wythe Collection, Wolf Law Library, College of William & Mary.

Author Sir John Comyns
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Published London, In the Savoy: Printed by Henry Lintot (assignee of E. Sayer, esq;) for D. Browne
Date 1744
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Language English
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Pages [14], 757, [31]
Desc. Folio (33 cm.)
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Sir John Comyns (1667 – 1740) was an English judge and legal writer. He was admitted as a student at Lincoln's Inn in May 1683 and probably began his law studies around 1684.[1] Comyns was called to the bar in 1690 and practiced in King's Bench until 1705. At that point he took the degree of serjeant-at-law and moved to common pleas practice. He was junior MP for Maldon in the Tory interest from 1701 to 1708, and from 1710 to 1715. In 1715 he was unseated on petition.[2]


In 1722, Comyns returned to Parliament in Maldon. In 1726, he was appointed Baron of the Exchequer and knighted.[3] He transferred to the Court of Common Pleas in 1736, and in 1738 he was appointed Lord Chief Baron of the Exchequer by Lord Hardwicke.[4]

Comyns authored Reports of Cases Adjudged in the Courts of King's Bench, Common Pleas, and Exchequer which was published by his nephew and heir, John, after his death. Translated from the original law French, the Reports tracks Comyns's career, covering King's Bench cases, common pleas cases, and exchequer cases.

Evidence for Inclusion in Wythe's Library

Both Dean's Memo[5] and the Brown Bibliography[6] suggest Wythe owned the first edition (1744) of this title based on notes in John Marshall's commonplace book.[7] The Wolf Law Library moved a copy of the first edition from another rare book collection to the George Wythe Collection.

Description of the Wolf Law Library's copy

Recently rebound in period-style full calf with banded spine and red and black labels.

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. M. Macnair, "Comyns, Sir John (c.1667–1740)" in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, accessed November 21, 2013.
  2. Ibid.
  3. Ibid.
  4. Ibid.
  5. Memorandum from Barbara C. Dean, Colonial Williamsburg Found., to Mrs. Stiverson, Colonial Williamsburg Found. (June 16, 1975), 10 (on file at Wolf Law Library, College of William & Mary).
  6. Bennie Brown, "The Library of George Wythe of Williamsburg and Richmond," (unpublished manuscript, May, 2012) Microsoft Word file. Earlier edition available at:
  7. 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), 1:42.