Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the High Court of Chancery (Atkyns)

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by John Tracy Atkyns

Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the High Court of Chancery, in the Time of Lord Chancellor Hardwicke

Title page from Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the High Court of Chancery, in the Time of Lord Chancellor Hardwicke, volume three, George Wythe Collection, Wolf Law Library, College of William & Mary.

Author John Tracy Atkyns
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Published London: Printed by H. Woodfall and W. Strahan
Date 1765
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Language English
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John Tracy Atkyns (1706–1773) entered the bar in 1732 and accepted an appointment as cursitor (chief) baron of the Exchequer in 1755.[1] He took notes on chancery cases from 1736-1756, predominantly during the time of Lord Hardwicke, but Atkyns had to wait until Hardwicke's death to commence publication.[2] The first two editions of the three volume set received criticism based on quality, but the third edition, edited by F. W. Sanders, was more highly regarded.[3]

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.[4] Listed in the Jefferson Inventory of Wythe's Library as Atkyns's rep. 1st. & 3d.v. fol. and given by Thomas Jefferson to Dabney Carr. The University of Virginia has a copy of this edition with the inscription "Given by Thos. Jefferson to D. Carr 1806" in volume one. [5] All four of the Wythe Collection sources (Goodwin's pamphlet[6], Dean's Memo[7], Brown's Bibliography[8] and George Wythe's Library[9] on LibraryThing) list this work.

Description of the Wolf Law Library's copy

Bound in contemporary calf with extra-gilt. Purchased from Meyer Boswell Books.

View this book in William & Mary's online catalog.

External Links

Google Books Volume 1


  1. William Holdsworth, A History of English Law, (London: Methuen & Co., Sweet and Maxwell, 1938), 12:143.
  2. N. G. Jones, "Atkyns, John Tracy (1706–1773)", Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004; online edn, Jan 2008, accessed 7 Sept 2013.
  3. Holdsworth, A History of English Law, 143.
  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. The letter is endorsed "Virga. 7 May 1770 / George Wythe / Recd. 18 June pr Dixon / Goods Entr. pa. 220/ Ansd. the 28th July."
  5. English Short Title Catalog,, search of "Treatise of Equity" reveals only one folio edition.
  6. Mary R. M. Goodwin, The George Wythe House: Its Furniture and Furnishings (Williamsburg, Virginia: Colonial Williamsburg Foundation Library, 1958), xlvi. Available at\RR0216.xml
  7. 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).
  8. Bennie Brown, "The Library of George Wythe of Williamsburg and Richmond," (unpublished manuscript, May, 2012) Microsoft Word file. Earlier edition available at:
  9. LibraryThing, s. v. "Member: George Wythe," accessed on June 28, 2013,