The Reports of that Reverend and Learned Judge, Sir Richard Hutton ... Sometimes One of the Judges of the Common Pleas, Containing Many Choice Cases, Judgements, and Resolutions, in Points of Law

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by Sir Richard Hutton

Hutton's Reports

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

Author Sir Richard Hutton
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Published London: Printed by T.R. for H. Twyford and T. Dring
Date 1656
Edition First
Language English
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Pages 6, 136, [7]
Desc. Folio (28 cm.)
Location Shelf F-2
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Sir Richard Hutton (bap. 1561, d. 1639) originally studied for the church, but eventually turned to law and entered Gray's Inn in 1580. He joined the bar in 1586, became sergeant in 1603, and puisne justice of Common Pleas in 1671.[1] His Reports represent only a selection of cases from his notebook.[2] While frequently cited, the volume "might seem to belong to the class of literary productions which do not attain even notoriety enough to be abused."[3] Nevertheless, Hutton himself enjoyed an impeccable reputation. His fellow judge, Sir George Croke described him as "a grave, learned, pious, and prudent judge"[4] and even Charles I referred to him as "the honest judge."[5]

Inscription, front flyleaf.

Evidence for Inclusion in Wythe's Library

Both Dean's Memo[6] and the Brown Bibliography[7] suggest Wythe owned the first edition of this title based on notes in John Marshall's commonplace book.[8] The Wolf Law Library purchased the 1st (1656) edition for the George Wythe Collection.

Description of the Wolf Law Library's copy

Bound in modern full calf, boards ruled with gilt. Five bands on spine with gilt rules and embellishments. Original(?) red morocco label with gilt lettering. Front flyleaf inscribed "1798, bot. at Vendors of A. Pearce's Books" with the signatures of "Wm. Th. Wilkins, Decd. and "Amos Pearce." Bound with three other titles: John Latch's Plusieurs Tres-Bons Cases: Come ils Estoyent Adjudgees es Trois Premiers Ans [1624-1627] du Raign du feu Roy Charles le Premier en la Court de Bank le Roy, non Encore Publiees per Aucun Autre (London: Printed by T.R. for H. Twyford, T. Dring, and J. Place ..., 1661; and two works by Sir John Davies, Les Reports des Cases & Matters en Ley, Resolves & Adjudges en les Courts del Roy en Ireland (London: Printed by E. Flesher, J. Streater, and H. Twyford, assigns of Richard Atkyns and Edward Atkyns, esquires, 1674) and Une Exact Table al Report de Sir John Davys Chivaler, Atturney General del Roy en Ireland (London: Printed for James Collins, and Charles Harper, 1677).

Headpiece, first page of text.

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, "Hutton, Sir Richard (bap. 1561, d. 1639)" Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, accessed September 19, 2013.
  2. John William Wallace, The Reporters, Arranged and Characterized with Incidental Remarks, 4th ed. (Boston: Soule and Bugbee, 1882), 247.
  3. Ibid.
  4. Ibid.
  5. Prest, "Hutton, Sir Richard."
  6. Memorandum from Barbara C. Dean, Colonial Williamsburg Found., to Mrs. Stiverson, Colonial Williamsburg Found. (June 16, 1975), 12 (on file at Wolf Law Library, College of William & Mary).
  7. Bennie Brown, "The Library of George Wythe of Williamsburg and Richmond," (unpublished manuscript, May, 2012) Microsoft Word file. Earlier edition available at:
  8. 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), 1:41.