Photostats of the papers of eight cases brought in Chancery and the Court of Exchequer

Scope and Content

Photostats of the papers of eight cases brought in Chancery and the Court of Exchequer:

  • case brought by William Pulteney against Robert and William Alexander, merchants, involving a number of provincial London bankers, 1776-8
  • case brought by John Bindley against Alexander Fordyce, Samuel Roffey, Henry Neale and William James, bankers, 1769
  • shipping-insurance case brought by a number of underwriters against John Bindley, 1768
  • case brought by Henry Boldero, banker, against his brother John Boldero, 1765
  • case brought by John Townson against Gerrit Blaavw of Amsterdam, merchant, who had gone bail for Lauchlin Macleane, 1773
  • case brought by John Wilkes trying to evade payment of debt to Joseph Burd and John Elias Jaquery, printers, 1771
  • case brought by Lord Ralph Verney against Lauchlin Macleane, 15 Dec. 1769
  • case involving assignees of the estate of Sir George Colebrooke, banker under commission of bankruptcy, Laurence Sulivan and Robert Palk against Ambrose Gilbert, Jonas Brown, Isaac Mallison and Henry Sowley, 1778
  • entries of Thomas Coutts and Co.'s subscriptions for themselves and to the government, 1759-83.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Court of Chancery was the court of equity developed in the 15th century to provide remedies not available in the courts of common law. It was abolished by the Judicature Act of 1873, which formed the Chancery Division, one of the three Divisions of the High Court of Justice, in its place.

The Court of the Exchequer was formed to handle financial matters, but had begun to develop an equity jurisdiction by the mid-sixteenth century. In 1841 it lost this jurisdiction, and any outstanding work was transferred to the court of Chancery. The business of the court included disputes over titles of land, manorial rights, tithes, mineral rights, ex-monastic land, debts, wills, etc.

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Acquisition Information

Given to the Library in 1971.


Collection level description created by Susan Thomas, Department of Special Collections and Western Manuscripts.

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