Reports of Cases Argued and Adjudged in the Court of King's Bench

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Reports of Cases Argued and Adjudged in the Court of King's Bench, in the Eleventh and Twelfth Years of the Reign of His Present Majesty King George the Second

by George Andrews

Andrews' Reports

Title page from Reports of Cases Argued and Adjudged in the Court of King's Bench, George Wythe Collection, Wolf Law Library, College of William & Mary.

Author George Andrews
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Published [London] In the Savoy: Printed by H. Lintot, for J. Worrall
Date 1754
Edition First
Language English
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Pages [12], 397, [37]
Desc. Folio (33 cm.)
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George Andrews (fl. 1728–1776), was admitted to the Middle Temple in 1728 and joined the bar in 1740.[1] "While still a student he compiled reports of cases argued in the court of king's bench during the eleventh, twelfth, and thirteenth years of the reign of George II (1737–39) before Sir William Lee, chief justice, and Sir Francis Page, Sir Edmund Probyn, and Sir William Chapple; these reports were eventually published in a folio edition in 1754. Andrews's Reports of Cases gained a high reputation in the eighteenth century ... They were thought to be ‘accurate, judicious, and satisfactory’ (G. Long), and were esteemed by the legal profession in the late eighteenth century."[2] Holdsworth also notes their "good reputation."[3]

Evidence for Inclusion in Wythe's Library

There is no doubt that George Wythe owned this title—a copy of the first edition (1754) at the Library of Congress includes Wythe's bookplate. We also know that Wythe ordered these reports from London merchant John Norton in a letter dated May 7, 1770. The letter's endorsement indicates it was answered on July 28, 1770.[4] Finally, Thomas Jefferson listed "Andrew's fol." in his inventory of Wythe's Library, noting that he kept the volume himself. He later sold it to the Library of Congress. Not surprisingly, 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 of Andrew's Reports. The Wolf Law Library moved a copy of the 1st edition (1754) from another rare book collection to the George Wythe Collection.

Description of the Wolf Law Library's copy

Recently rebound in green-dyed leather with black label and green marbled endpapers. Contains signature on the title page. Purchased through the generosity of Daniel W. Baran and Lena Stratton Baran, Class of 1936.

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  1. J. M. Rigg, "Andrews, George (fl. 1728–1776)" Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, rev. Robert Brown, accessed May 30, 2013. See also: Dictionary of National Biography, s.v. "Andrews, George."
  2. Rigg, "Andrews, George."
  3. William Holdsworth, A History of English Law (London: Methuen & Co., Sweet and Maxwell, 1938), 12:139.
  4. 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. Listed as "Andrews reports." 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."
  5. Mary R. M. Goodwin, The George Wythe House: Its Furniture and Furnishings (Williamsburg, Virginia: Colonial Williamsburg Foundation Library, 1958), XLV.
  6. Memorandum from Barbara C. Dean, Colonial Williamsburg Found., to Mrs. Stiverson, Colonial Williamsburg Found. (June 16, 1975), 2, 6a, 9 (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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