Equity Cases in the Court of Exchequer, 1660-1714

Equity Cases in the Court of Exchequer, 1660-1714

Edited by W. H. Bryson (University of Richmond )
2007 | 724 + xliv pp. | 978-0-86698-358-7 | Cloth 6 x 9 in
MRTS 313 | $89 | £55 |

This work is a translation of over 450 case reports of equity cases from the Court of Exchequer from the period of the later Stuart monarchs of England, 1660 to 1714. The vast majority of these cases have never been printed before. In fact, before Professor Bryson published his edition of Samuel Dodd’s reports in 2000, there was no collection of Exchequer reports in print for this lengthy period at all. Furthermore, the equity cases from the other courts in England are somewhat sparse for this period. Thus, this book fills in a large gap of printed law reports. Some of the manuscripts edited here for the first time were widely known to the bench and bar of eighteenth-century England; others are more obscure, but nevertheless state and explain the law of England at the time.
These reports illustrate many areas of the law, especially problems of the public revenue, creditors’ rights, wills, and trusts. These reports give the historical background of the present Anglo-American common law and equity law. Many of the cases are still good law today, others show where the law came from and how the law got to where it is now.

This book has a Table of Cases Reported and an extensive Subject Index, which will be very useful to historians and lawyers to locate the relevant cases to a wide field of legal issues. The Introduction is a bibliographic study of the manuscripts that are edited in this book.

See also the 2017 companion publication Reports of Cases in the Court of Exchequer in the Time of King Charles II