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

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by John Tracy Atkyns

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]

Bibliographic Information

Author: John Tracy Atkyns.

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

Publication Info: London: Printed by H. Woodfall and W. Strahan, 1765.

Edition: First edition.

Extent: Three volumes.

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,