Reports of Cases in the Court of Exchequer, From the Beginning of the Reign of King George the First, until the Fourteenth Year of the Reign of King George the Second

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by William Bunbury

Reports of Cases in the Court of Exchequer

Title page from Reports of Cases in the Court of Exchequer, George Wythe Collection, Wolf Law Library, College of William & Mary.

Author William Bunbury
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Published In the Savoy: Printed by H. Lintot, for D. Browne
Date 1755
Edition First
Language English
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Pages viii, 348, [48] pages
Desc. Folio (33 cm.)
Location Shelf H-5
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William Bunbury (1665 or 1666 – 1748) practiced for more than forty years, primarily at the Court of the Exchequer where he spent several years as the "senior barrister on the common law side of the court."[1] His reports represent notes he had taken and subsequently corrected. According to William Holdsworth, they were deemed authoritative in part, perhaps, due to the fact that they were "almost the only regular set of reports of cases decided in the court of Exchequer before ... 1796."[2]

Evidence for Inclusion in Wythe's Library

Ordered by Wythe from John Norton & Sons in a letter dated May 8, 1770. Records indicate the order was fulfilled.[3] Later listed in the Jefferson Inventory of Wythe's Library as "Bunbury's reports. fol." and given by Thomas Jefferson to Dabney Carr.[4] All four of the Wythe Collection sources (Goodwin's pamphlet[5], Dean's Memo[6], Brown's Bibliography[7] and George Wythe's Library[8] on LibraryThing) list the first edition (1755), which was the edition purchased by the Wolf Law Library.

Description of the Wolf Law Library's copy

Backed in modern calf with marbled boards. Spine features six bands and perhaps the original brown morocco label with gilt lettering.

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. William Holdsworth, A History of English Law (London: Methuen & Co., Sweet and Maxwell, 1938), 12:137.
  2. Ibid., 12:138.
  3. Frances Norton Mason, ed., John Norton & Sons, Merchants of London and Virginia: Being the Papers from their Counting House for the Years 1750 to 1795 (Richmond, Virginia: Dietz Press, 1937), 133-134. The letter is endorsed "Virga. 7th May 1770 / George Wythe / Rec'd 18 June pr Dixon / goods Entd. pa. 220/ Ans. the 28th July / pr Emperor / wrote again pr Goosley."
  4. English Short Title Catalog,, search of "Bunbury" and "Reports" reveals only two folio editions, London, 1755, and Dublin, 1756.
  5. Mary R. M. Goodwin, The George Wythe House: Its Furniture and Furnishings (Williamsburg, Virginia: Colonial Williamsburg Foundation Library, 1958), XLVI.
  6. Memorandum from Barbara C. Dean, Colonial Williamsburg Found., to Mrs. Stiverson, Colonial Williamsburg Found. (June 16, 1975), 7 (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. LibraryThing, s.v. "Member: George Wythe," accessed on June 28, 2013.

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