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Transcript of counsel's arguments and judges' decisions in 192 cases

 Collection — Volume: 1
Call Number: MS E181
Transcript of counsel's arguments and judges' decisions in 192 cases
Transcript of counsel's arguments and judges' decisions in 192 cases


Transcript of counsels' arguments and judges' decisions in 192 law cases.


  • Creation: circa 1769?


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1 volume : Milk chocolate calf, some gilt ornament. Watermark is not easily seen. Large roundel probably containing Britannia and a counter-mark of a crowned GR. No ornamentation; but headings, rules, cited cases, etc. in red. Script is plain modern hand, small, easily readable. Common Place Book; free endpaper; pages 1-469, 468-529; [16]; 503-543 [544-546].

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Scope and Contents

Most of these cases came before the Archbishop of Canterbury's Prerogative Court or his Court of Arches; therefore most are concerned with marriage, divorce, probate, church administration, misuse of church property, and misdeeds of clergy. Some concern ships, tenants' duties; also noted in passing are defamation, insanity, students rioting at a coffee-shop, rights to a pew, rebuilding a church, and circumstantial accounts of adultery, child-birth, master-servant relations, and daily life. Each case is considered by the collector as raising a question of law.

Dating for the volume: Sold as 19th-century; but seems to have been written up chronologically from time to time (although nearly a fair copy). Placement and condition of index indicates state of finished book not predicted by writer at beginning; paper probably wouldn't have been plain Gr in 19th century; script and binding could be 18th-century. Original cataloguer suggests that Burrell copied (or had copied) his rough notes from time to time into a neat book.

Physical Location

MS E181

Other Finding Aids

See the attached for a detailed list by numbered entry:

Custodial History

Bookplate (armorial) of Sir Walter Wyndham Burrell, [5th bart., 1814-1886] (Cokayne's baronetages V).

Inscription on front free endpaper signed "J. Edinburgen:, 1905."

Bookplate (armorial) of Dowden Memorial Library, St. Mary's Cathedral, Edinburgh. Marked P7 in pencil.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Booth (Hay on Wye), December 10, 1974

Processing Information

Endpaper and pages 1-8 formerly shelved separately at MS P470.

Guide to the Proceedings in Ecclesiastical Courts in England
Transcript of counsel's arguments and judges' decisions in 192 cases
Finding aid prepared by alh, August 7, 1975. Finding aid encoded in 2005. Finding aid revised by mwh, 2020.
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Finding aid written in English.
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Preferred citation
Proceedings in Ecclesiastical Courts in England, MS E181, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

Repository Details

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