Court of Common Pleas: Reports of cases

Scope and Content

1. Common Pleas reports, 1597-1601, often containing the names of the relators of cases. The entries include brief obituaries of Francis Beaumont, Edward Drew, Matthew Ewens, Thomas Owen and John Glanvill, and notes regarding the appointments of John Glanvill, George Kingsmill and Peter Warburton as J.C.P., and of Richard Lewknor as C.J., Chester.

2. A note on parliament, from a private conference between Sir James Ley, C.J.K.B., Sir John Dodderidge, J.K.B., and Sir Richard Hutton, J.C.P., 1624, written in a different hand to (1).

3. Speech by Sir Henry Hobart, C.J.C.P., to the new serjeants at law created in 1623, written in a different hand to (1).

4. Alphabetical table of the names of the cases in (1).

5. Alphabetical table of the subjects of the anonymous cases in (1).

Administrative / Biographical History

Internal evidence indicates that the reports were compiled by a member of Lincoln's Inn.

Access Information

Open for consultation by holders of a Reader's Ticket valid for the Manuscripts Reading Room.

Acquisition Information

Purchased from Victor Tunkel, 27 July 1976.


Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives, with reference to the entry on the collection in J.H. Baker, A catalogue of English legal manuscripts in Cambridge University Library (The Boydell Press, Woodbridge, 1996), pp. 626-627.

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Custodial History

The volume was sold at Sotheby's, 29 October 1975, to Victor Tunkel of Queen Mary College, London, Secretary to the Selden Society.

Related Material

Cambridge University Library holds abstracts of cases in the Court of Common Pleas, MS.Add.8141.