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===by David Jenkins===
 
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<blockquote>[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Jenkins_%28Royalist%29 Jenkins] was yet again threatened with the scaffold when he was named in the spring of 1650 on a list of several prisoners that the Rump Parliament considered executing in retaliation for the assassination of Anthony Ascham in Spain, but in the end no action was taken. Though resolved to be ‘hanged with the Bible under one arme and Magna Charta under the other’ (''Brief Lives'', 2.6), Jenkins was reprieved when Henry Martin reminded the house that it would do more harm than good to their cause to make a martyr of him. Moved from Wallingford to Windsor Castle in 1652 he was finally discharged and allowed to go to Gray's Inn on 12 January 1657, and afterwards, though still under surveillance, lived for a while at Oxford. ‘Amidst the Sound of Drums and Trumpets, surrounded with an odious Multitude of Barbarians, broken with old Age and Confinement in Prisons, where my Fellow Subjects grown wild with Rage detained me for fifteen Years’, Jenkins used the period of his confinement to write ''Rerum judicatarum centurix octo'', a compilation of judicial decisions made in exchequer chamber between 1275 and 1613. Jenkins said that he intended the work to be useful to all who studied the laws of England by rendering more certain the scattered decisions of former ages. His method was to give a short statement of each case and the decision, along with a marginal reference to the authority from which it was taken, only occasionally offering a commentary of his own. First published in French and Latin in 1661 the text was translated as ''Eight Centuries of Reports'' and was twice reprinted in the eighteenth century. Three other works (''Pacis consultum''; ''An Exact Method for Keeping a Court of Survey''; and ''Some Difficult Questions in Law'') published under his name in 1657 were disclaimed by Jenkins and are very unlikely to be authentic. <ref>Christopher W. Brooks, [http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/14726 "Jenkins, David (1582–1663)"], ''Oxford Dictionary of National Biography'', Oxford University Press, 2004; online edn, Jan 2007, accessed 29 May 2013] </ref> </blockquote>
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'''Author:''' David Jenkins, (1582-1663)
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'''Title:''' ''Eight Centuries of Reports: or, Eight Hundred Cases Solemnly Adjudged in the Exchequer-Chamber, or, Upon Writs of Error''.
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}}[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Jenkins_%28Royalist%29 David Jenkins] (1582–1663) was admitted to [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gray%27s_Inn Gray's Inn] in 1602 and joined the bar in 1609.<ref>Christopher W. Brooks, "[http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/14726 Jenkins, David (1582–1663)]" ''Oxford Dictionary of National Biography'', accessed May 29, 2013.</ref> A dedicated royalist who served in many legal roles, Jenkins was imprisoned in both the Tower and Newgate by the Long Parliament.  
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<blockquote>Jenkins used the period of his confinement to write ''Rerum judicatarum centurix octo'', a compilation of judicial decisions made in exchequer chamber between 1275 and 1613. Jenkins said that he intended the work to be useful to all who studied the laws of England by rendering more certain the scattered decisions of former ages. His method was to give a short statement of each case and the decision, along with a marginal reference to the authority from which it was taken, only occasionally offering a commentary of his own. First published in French and Latin in 1661 the text was translated as ''Eight Centuries of Reports'' and was twice reprinted in the eighteenth century.<ref>Ibid.</ref></blockquote>
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Jenkins' travails were not in vain as his abridgment enjoyed an excellent reputation. "It partakes of the character of a Digest, a Commentary, and a volume of Reports. He omits those cases relating to Titles of the law that were obsolete when he wrote, and his ''Centuries'' contain some Cases not elsewhere to be found. From the labour bestowed upon the work, and the sound learning which it contains, the volume possesses no ordinary value and authority."<ref>J. G. Marvin, ''Legal Bibliography, or a Thesaurus of American, English, Irish and Scotch Law Books'', (T. & J. W. Johnson, Lawbook Sellers, 1847), 423.</ref> John William Wallace, a reporter of United States Supreme Court decisions, adds, "it is a work of admitted accuracy, and, ... possesses very considerable authority.<ref>John William Wallace, ''The Reporters, Arranged and Characterized with Incidental Remarks'', 4th ed., (Boston: Soule and Bugbee, 1882), 70.</ref>
  
 
==Evidence for Inclusion in Wythe's Library==
 
==Evidence for Inclusion in Wythe's Library==
Bennie Brown discovered a reference to this work in the unpublished portion of John Marshall's law notes and listed this title and edition in [https://digitalarchive.wm.edu/handle/10288/13433 his Bibliography]<ref> Bennie Brown, "The Library of George Wythe of Williamsburg and Richmond," (unpublished manuscript, May, 2012) Microsoft Word file.</ref>  
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Bennie Brown discovered a reference to this work in the unpublished portion of [[John Marshall|John Marshall's]] law notes and listed this title and edition in his [https://digitalarchive.wm.edu/handle/10288/13433 bibliography]<ref> Bennie Brown, "The Library of George Wythe of Williamsburg and Richmond," (unpublished manuscript, May, 2012) Microsoft Word file.</ref>
  
 
==Description of the Wolf Law Library's copy==
 
==Description of the Wolf Law Library's copy==
Rebacked with original leather boards and original leather title label on spine outlined in gilt. Front paste down includes the personal bookplate of William Paine Sheffield (1820-1907), a United States Representative and Senator from Rhode Island. Purchased from Eveleigh Books.  
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Rebacked with original leather boards and original leather title label on spine outlined in gilt. Front pastedown includes the armorial bookplate of William Paine Sheffield (1820-1907), a United States Representative and Senator from Rhode Island. Purchased from Eveleigh Books.  
  
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Images of the library's copy of this book are [https://www.flickr.com/photos/wolflawlibrary/albums/72157637448577566/with/14389690154/ available on Flickr.] View the record for this book in [https://catalog.libraries.wm.edu:443/01COWM_WM:01COWM_WM_ALMA:01COWM_WM_ALMA21546669940003196 William & Mary's online catalog.]
  
View this book in [https://catalog.swem.wm.edu/law/Record/3431862 William & Mary's online catalog.]
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Latest revision as of 10:20, 22 October 2018

by David Jenkins

Eight Centuries of Reports
EightCenturiesOfReports1734TitlePage.jpg

Title page from Eight Centuries of Reports, George Wythe Collection, Wolf Law Library, College of William & Mary.

Author David Jenkins
Editor {{{editor}}}
Translator Theodore Barlow?
Published [London], In the Savoy: Printed by E. and R. Nutt, and R. Gosling, (assigns of E. Sayer, Esq;) for John Worrall at the Dove in Bell-Yard near Lincoln's Inn; and Thomas Worrall at Judge Coke's Head against St. Dunstan's Church, Fleetstreet
Date 1734
Edition Second edition corrected
Language English
Volumes {{{set}}} volume set
Pages x, [10], 341, [28]
Desc. Folio (32 cm.)
Location Shelf G-5
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David Jenkins (1582–1663) was admitted to Gray's Inn in 1602 and joined the bar in 1609.[1] A dedicated royalist who served in many legal roles, Jenkins was imprisoned in both the Tower and Newgate by the Long Parliament.

Jenkins used the period of his confinement to write Rerum judicatarum centurix octo, a compilation of judicial decisions made in exchequer chamber between 1275 and 1613. Jenkins said that he intended the work to be useful to all who studied the laws of England by rendering more certain the scattered decisions of former ages. His method was to give a short statement of each case and the decision, along with a marginal reference to the authority from which it was taken, only occasionally offering a commentary of his own. First published in French and Latin in 1661 the text was translated as Eight Centuries of Reports and was twice reprinted in the eighteenth century.[2]
Armorial bookplate of William Paine Sheffield, front pastedown.


Jenkins' travails were not in vain as his abridgment enjoyed an excellent reputation. "It partakes of the character of a Digest, a Commentary, and a volume of Reports. He omits those cases relating to Titles of the law that were obsolete when he wrote, and his Centuries contain some Cases not elsewhere to be found. From the labour bestowed upon the work, and the sound learning which it contains, the volume possesses no ordinary value and authority."[3] John William Wallace, a reporter of United States Supreme Court decisions, adds, "it is a work of admitted accuracy, and, ... possesses very considerable authority.[4]

Evidence for Inclusion in Wythe's Library

Bennie Brown discovered a reference to this work in the unpublished portion of John Marshall's law notes and listed this title and edition in his bibliography[5]

Description of the Wolf Law Library's copy

Rebacked with original leather boards and original leather title label on spine outlined in gilt. Front pastedown includes the armorial bookplate of William Paine Sheffield (1820-1907), a United States Representative and Senator from Rhode Island. Purchased from Eveleigh Books.

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.

See also

References

  1. Christopher W. Brooks, "Jenkins, David (1582–1663)" Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, accessed May 29, 2013.
  2. Ibid.
  3. J. G. Marvin, Legal Bibliography, or a Thesaurus of American, English, Irish and Scotch Law Books, (T. & J. W. Johnson, Lawbook Sellers, 1847), 423.
  4. John William Wallace, The Reporters, Arranged and Characterized with Incidental Remarks, 4th ed., (Boston: Soule and Bugbee, 1882), 70.
  5. Bennie Brown, "The Library of George Wythe of Williamsburg and Richmond," (unpublished manuscript, May, 2012) Microsoft Word file.