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

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by George Andrews

George Andrews, barrister, was the son of George Andrews, of Wells, Somerset. Nothing is known about his early life, but he was admitted a member of the Middle Temple in 1728, and called to the bar in 1740. 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; an octavo edition, with some additional cases by G. W. Vernon of the Irish bar, appeared in 1792. They were thought to be ‘accurate, judicious, and satisfactory’ (G. Long), and were esteemed by the legal profession in the late eighteenth century. [1]

Bibliographic Information

Author: George Andrews, (fl. 1728-1776)

Title: 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

Published: London, in the Savoy: Printed by H. Lintot, for J. Worrall, 1754.


Evidence for Inclusion in Wythe's Library

Copy at the Library of Congress includes George Wythe's bookplate.

Ordered by Wythe from London merchant John Norton, 7 May 1770 (Andrews' reports). Letter's endorsement indicates that the letter was answered 28 July 1770.[2]

Listed in the Jefferson Inventory of Wythe's Library as Andrew's fol. and kept by Thomas Jefferson. Included in every bibliography of the Wythe Library: Brown Bibliography[3] and George Wythe's Library[4] on LibraryThing.

Description of the Wolf Law Library's copy

Recently bound in green-dyed leather with black label and green marbled endpapers. Contains autograph on title page.

External Links

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  1. J. M. Rigg, ‘Andrews, George (fl. 1728–1776)’, rev. Robert Brown, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004 accessed 30 May 2013
  2. Mason, John Norton & Sons Newton; Abbot, 1968, p. 134.
  3. Bennie Brown, "The Library of George Wythe of Williamsburg and Richmond," (unpublished manuscript, May, 2012) Microsoft Word file.
  4. LibraryThing, s. v. "Member: George Wythe," accessed on April 21, 2013,