The Reports and Arguments of that Learned Judge, Sir John Vaughan, Kt., Late Lord Chief Justice of the Court of Common Pleas, Being All of Them Special Cases

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by Sir John Vaughan

Vaughan's Reports

Title page from The Reports and Arguments of that Learned Judge, Sir John Vaughan, George Wythe Collection, Wolf Law Library, College of William & Mary.

Author Sir John Vaughan
Editor Edward Vaughan
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Published London: Printed by the assigns of R. and E. Atkins
Date 1706
Edition Second
Language English
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Pages 482
Desc. Folio (32 cm.)
Location Shelf H-5
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Sir John Vaughan (1603 – 1674) was admitted to the Inner Temple in 1621 and called to the bar in 1630.[1] A constitutional royalist, Vaughan retired from his profession at the outbreak of the English Civil War. He subsequently returned to public life and represented Cardiganshire in Parliament from 1661 to 1668 where he developed a reputation for "silver-tongued eloquence."[2] In 1668, he was knighted and appointed Chief Justice of the Court of Common Pleas, a position which earned him praise as "a really consummate common law judge."[3] Vaughan's Reports, published posthumously by his only son, mainly represent his decisions on the bench and are, with a few exceptions "distinguished for accuracy and sound learning."[4]

Evidence for Inclusion in Wythe's Library

Listed in the Jefferson Inventory of Wythe's Library as "Vaughan's [reports]" and given by Thomas Jefferson to Dabney Carr. Both Dean's Memo[5] and Brown's Bibliography[6] include the 2nd edition (1706) based in part on John Marshall's law notes.[7] George Wythe's Library[8] on LibraryThing lists the first edition with the note "Precise edition unknown. Editions with identical imprints were published at London in 1677 and 1679." Following the advice of Dean and Brown, the Wolf Law Library purchased a copy of the 2nd edition.

Headpiece, "To the Reader."

Description of the Wolf Law Library's copy

Rebound in half leather with raised bands, gilt designs, a leather label, and marbled paper covered boards. Copy missing engraved frontispiece. Purchased from Weller Book Works.

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. J. Gwynn Williams, "Vaughan, Sir John (1603–1674)" Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, accessed September 19, 2013.
  2. Ibid.
  3. J. Campbell, Lives of the Chief Justices, 3, 1857, 2.
  4. J. G. Marvin, Legal Bibliography or a Thesaurus of American, English, Irish, and Scotch Law Books (Philadelphia: T. & J. W. Johnson, Law Booksellers, 1847), 707. See also John William Wallace, The Reporters, Arranged and Characterized with Incidental Remarks, 4th ed. (Boston: Soule and Bugbee, 1882), 334.
  5. Memorandum from Barbara C. Dean, Colonial Williamsburg Found., to Mrs. Stiverson, Colonial Williamsburg Found. (June 16, 1975), 15 (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), 1:44.
  8. LibraryThing, s.v. "Member: George Wythe," accessed on June 28, 2013.

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