The Reports of that Reverend and Learned Judge, Sir Richard Hutton

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by Sir Richard Hutton

Sir Richard Hutton (bap. 1561, d. 1639) originally studied for the church, but eventually turned to law and entered Gray's Inn in 1580. He joined the bar in 1586, became sergeant in 1603, and puisne justice of Common Pleas in 1671.[1] His Reports represent only a selection of cases from his notebook.[2] While frequently cited, the volume "might seem to belong to the class of literary productions which do not attain even notoriety enough to be abused."[3] Nevertheless, Hutton himself enjoyed an impeccable reputation. His fellow judge, Sir George Croke described him as "a grave, learned, pious, and prudent judge"[4] while even Charles I referred to him as "the honest judge."[5]

Bibliographic Information

Author: Sir Richard Hutton.

Title: The Reports of that Reverend and Learned Judge, Sir Richard Hutton ... Sometimes One of the Judges of the Common Pleas, Containing Many Choice Cases, Judgements, and Resolutions, in Points of Law, in the Severall Raignes of King James and King Charles.

Publication Info: London : printed by T.R. for H. Twyford and T. Dring, 1656.

Edition: First edition; 6, 136, [7] pages.

Evidence for Inclusion in Wythe's Library

Both Dean's Memo[6] and the Brown Bibliography[7] suggest Wythe owned this title based on notes in John Marshall's commonplace book.[8]

Description of the Wolf Law Library's copy

Rebound in full calf boards lined with gilt and bound with three other titles.

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


  1. Wilfrid Prest, "Hutton, Sir Richard (bap. 1561, d. 1639)", Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004; online edn, Jan 2008, accessed 19 Sept 2013. (subscription required for access.)
  2. John William Wallace, The Reporters, Arranged and Characterized with Incidental Remarks, 4th ed., rev. and enl. (Boston: Soule and Bugbee, 1882), 247.
  3. Ibid.
  4. Ibid.
  5. Prest, "Hutton, Sir Richard."
  6. Memorandum from Barbara C. Dean, Colonial Williamsburg Found., to Mrs. Stiverson, Colonial Williamsburg Found. (June 16, 1975), 12 (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 Bennie Brown, "The Library of George Wythe of Williamsburg and Richmond," (unpublished manuscript, May, 2012) Microsoft Word file.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. The Papers of John Marshall, eds. Herbert A. Johnson, Charles T. Cullen, and Nancy G. Harris (Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, in association with the Institute of Early American History and Culture, 1974), 1:41.