The Arguments and Reports of Sr. Hen. Pollexfen

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by Sir Henry Pollexfen

Sir Henry Pollexfen (c.1632–1691) entered the Inner Temple in 1652 and was called to the bar in 1658.[1] In 1674, he became a bencher of his inn. Very successful in his profession, Pollexfen "seems to have been engaged in most of the important cases in the latter part of the reign of Charles II. and in that of James II."[2] After the Revolution in 1688, Pollexfen served a brief stint as attorney-general in 1689, then as Chief Justice of the Court of Common Pleas from 1689-1691.

Pollexfen's Reports, primarily cover property cases from 1669 to 1685[3] and the copies "are very incorrect, varying in the pages, and in the dates ..."[4] One author writes that "they tell us very much more of the reporter's arguments than of the decision of the court"[5] while another grants that "a large share of [the] decisions are of moderate importance ... yet when applicable they are cited with effect.[6]

Bibliographic Information

Author: Sir Henry Pollexfen.

Title: The Arguments and Reports of Sr. Hen. Pollexfen: ... in Some Special Cases, by Him Argued During the Time of his Practice at the Barr, Together with Divers Decrees in the High Court of Chancery Upon Limitations of Trusts of Terms for Years.

Publication Info: London: Printed for R. Smith and John Deeve, 1702.

Edition: First edition; 12], 250 (i. e. 246), 369-664, [8] pages.

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  1. Paul D. Halliday, "Pollexfen, Sir Henry (c.1632–1691)", Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004; online edn, Jan 2008, accessed 5 June 2013. (Subscription required for access.)
  2. John William Wallace, The Reporters, Arranged and Characterized with Incidental Remarks, 4th ed., rev. and enl. (Boston: Soule and Bugbee, 1882), 346.
  3. Halliday, "Pollexfen, Sir Henry."
  4. Richard Whalley Bridgman, A Short View of Legal Bibliography: Containing Some Critical Observations on the Authority of the Reporters and Other Law Writers (London: Printed for W. Reed, 1807), 257.
  5. W. S. Holdsworth, A History of English Law (London: Methuen & Co., Sweet and Maxwell, 1924), 6:561 .
  6. J. G. Marvin, Legal Bibliography or a Thesaurus of American, English, Irish, and Scotch Law Books (Philadelphia: T. & J. W. Johnson, Law Booksellers, 1847), 576-577.