The collection consists of a legal precedent book, copy book or formulary (MS 100/1) containing copies of deeds and other legal documents kept by and for John Watson for training and reference purposes.
The inside front cover is inscribed with the name 'John Watson Junr' and the date 1848. 'Watson Wadsworth & Ward' has also been written inside.
The first 116 folios consist of neatly written examples of standard deeds and documents dating from 1844-1850, probably written out by John Watson as part of his legal training. Names and places are commonly given by initials only.
The remainder of the volume consists of further examples, written in a number of different hands, and dating from around 1854 to 1880. They have been added in roughly chronological order. The documents include examples of conveyances, assignments, affidavits and statutory declarations, certificates, letters of attorney and transfers of shares. Printed notices and sample forms are also pasted into the volume. Subjects cover the range of legal business, but those particular to the Nottingham area include diversion of the Stapleford to Bramcote footpath, 1867; agreement as to patronage of the new church of All Saints in Nottingham, 1864; granting of a licence to celebrate marriages in Bestwood Park church in the parish of Lenton, 1870; granting of a faculty for erecting a memorial in Stapleford churchyard, 1871; conveyance of land in the parish of St Mary, Nottingham, for the new benefice of New Radford, 1871; granting of a faculty for restoring and re-seating the parish of St Mary, Nottingham, 1866; agreement as to patronage of the new church of St Andrew in Nottingham, 1871; conveyance of land for St Peter's (Nottingham) School, 1854; and rearrangement of portions of the parishes of Lenton and Radford in Nottingham Poor Law Union, 1880.
One copy letter dated 1891 has been added to the end of the volume in a different hand.
The volume is accompanied by a loose leaf index (MS 100/2).