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.)
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Frontispiece portrait of Sir Francis Moore.
Sir Francis Moore (1559-1621), lawyer and politician, was born posthumously to a Berkshire yeoman.[1] He entered St. John’s College, Oxford in 1574 and, although he never received an undergraduate degree, he received an MA as under-steward to the University in 1612.[2] He entered the New Inn, gaining admittance to the Middle Temple in 1580.[3] He married Anne Twitty at an unknown date and was called to bar in 1587.[4] Due to his close relationship with the Englefield family, his ascent in the political and legal fields was rapid.[5] In 1589, he was elected to Parliament for Boroughbridge in Yorkshire.[6] He 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] He died in 1621 and was buried in Great Fawley, Berkshire.[9]

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, his manuscripts were very highly regarded, being circulated widely for nearly forty years before their publication by his son-in-law, Sir Geoffrey Palmer, in 1663.[14] The fact that they were cited before their publication gives some indication of their reputation for reliability and accuracy.

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] George Wythe's Library[17] 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.

View this book in William & Mary's online catalog.


  1. Wilfrid Prest, "Moore, Sir Francis (b. 1559, d. 1621)," Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (Oxford University Press, 2004- ), 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., rev. and enl. (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, 2nd ed. (Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 1983), 2:328 [no.2031].
  17. LibraryThing, s. v. "Member: George Wythe", accessed on September 16, 2013.