Reports of cases Adjudged in the Court of Exchequer
by Sir Thomas Hardres
Hardres was not an active MP, but his legal career continued to progress. In November 1669 he was made a serjeant-at-law, and in 1675 survived an attempt by his political enemies in Canterbury to have him removed from the recordership after the mayor of Canterbury and several aldermen had been taken into custody by the House of Commons. Possibly with a view to winning his support in parliament the king appointed him a king's serjeant on 11 May 1676 and knighted him six days later. By this date Hardres was a court supporter, hence his appointment about 1679 to the place of steward of the chancery court of the Cinque Ports. His support for the court may explain the loss of his parliamentary seat in the first election of 1679. He won it back at the election of October 1679. He chaired the Kentish quarter sessions in January 1680, refusing to countenance a petition calling for the meeting of parliament. Hardres died on 18 December 1681, aged seventy-one, his corpse being carried from Serjeants' Inn to Upper Hardres for burial. His widow was buried on 15 April 1690. Hardres's Reports of Cases in the Exchequer, 1655–1670 was published in 1693. 
Author: Sir Thomas Hardres, (1609/10-1681)
Title: Reports of cases Adjudged in the Court of Exchequer, in the years 1655, 1656, 1657, 1658, 1659, and 1660, And from Thence Continued to the 21st year of the Reign of His Late Majesty King Charles II
Publication Info: London: Printed by the assigns of Rich. and Edw. Atkins for Christopher Wilkinson, Samuel Heyrick and Mary Tonson, 1693.
Evidence for Inclusion in Wythe's Library
Description of the Wolf Law Library's copy
Bound in contemporary blind calf with gold tooling on edges. Later rebacked in brown calf with a red label.
- Stuart Handley, ‘Hardres, Sir Thomas (1609/10–1681)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004; online edn, Jan 2008 accessed 30 May 2013