The Law of Covenants
The Law of Covenants: a Treatise Explaining the Nature and Rules of the Several Sorts of Covenants
|shorttitle=The Law of Covenants
|author=The Author of The Law of Ejectments
|publoc=[London] In the Savoy
|publisher=Printed by John Nutt, for Samuel Butler
|desc=8vo. (20 cm.)
|pages=, 512 (i.e. 496), 
In the early Eighteenth Century, a covenant was "defined to be the Agreement or Consent of Two or more by Deed whereby either of the said Parties doth Promise to the other, That something is done already, or shall be done hereafter." 
The Law of Covenants, attempts to define and distinguish the various forms of covenants as they exist in the common law, including the difference between express and implicit covenants, personal and real covenants, joint and several covenants, and affirmative and negative covenants. The book also delves into the procedure for bringing an action for damages in the case of breach of covenant, including identifying the parties against whom a suit may be brought, rules for joinder or severance, and determining damages. Each chapter addresses a specific legal issue regarding covenants, and the margins of the book are often filled with the author’s tips and notes on the text; either defining terms and cases or reminding the reader that a principle might not be applicable in certain circumstances.
Evidence for Inclusion in Wythe's Library
Listed in the Jefferson Inventory of Wythe's Library as [Law of] Covenants 8vo. and given by Thomas Jefferson to Dabney Carr. The Brown Bibliography includes the second edition (1712) based on the copy Jefferson sold to the Library of Congress. George Wythe's Library on LibraryThing indicates "Precise edition unknown. The first edition was published in 1711; the second, with similar imprint, in 1712." The Wolf Law Library followed Brown's suggestion and purchased a copy of the 1712 edition.
Description of the Wolf Law Library's copy
Bound in contemporary full calf. Includes signatures of previous owners, "John Macpherson, Jr. 1771" and "Charles Swift" on the title page. Purchased from The Bookpress, Ltd.
View this book in William & Mary's online catalog.
- The Law of Covenants (London: J. Nutt, assignee of Edward Sayer Esq., 1713), 1.
- Bennie Brown, "The Library of George Wythe of Williamsburg and Richmond," (unpublished manuscript, May, 2012) Microsoft Word file. Earlier edition available at: https://digitalarchive.wm.edu/handle/10288/13433.
- E. Millicent Sowerby, Catalogue of the Library of Thomas Jefferson, 2nd ed. (Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 1983), 2:309-310 [no.1983].
- LibraryThing, s. v. "Member: George Wythe," accessed on September 16, 2013.