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Legal notes and treatises, Late sixteenth and seventeenth centuries

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Gg.06.01

Scope and Contents

(1) The notebook of an attorney, whose name does not appear, but who probably resided in Essex. In a seventeenth-century hand. With the exception of a few references to the statutes and to reported cases, it consists of notes of actions in which the writer was engaged, in which are given the names of the plaintiff and defendant, the nature of the action, statement of the case, amount of damages, plea of the defendant, names of the witnesses on his own side (which is noted) with the points which they were to prove. In hardly any case is the verdict given. It contains also lists of the Essex assizes (held at Chelmsford, Witham and Brentwood) from August 1633 to March 1669-70, at which it frequently gives the names of the judges; (2) a guide to courts leete and courts baron, written in the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, divided into 21 chapters; with six addresses of a similar nature, in a similar though not identical hand of the same date; the last of these ‘intreates of judgment and justice’, and begins ‘Masters, I have shewd you your duty toward God, your duty toward prince and country, the duties of superiors and inferiors ...’; after many blanks is a page containing the commencement of a charge, with erasures and interlineations, followed by two pages of unconnected notes; (3) ‘Les divisions del title destates’ and ‘Les divisions de le title de distresse en le grande abridgment de Mr Brooke’, in a seventeenth-century hand; the latter does not go beyond the first division; (4) forms of proceedings in actions of trespass, replevin, and assise of novel disseisin, in Latin and French, in a seventeenth-century hand.


  • Late sixteenth and seventeenth centuries

Language of Materials

Latin, French, English

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1 volume(s) (1 volume)

Custodial History

On the first page of item (2) was written in a contemporary hand 'John Ellease', to which an 'r' has been added in a differently coloured ink, making the name 'Elleaser'. In the Library by 1858.

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