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Virginia men of law constituted one of the first learned professions in colonial America, and Virginia legal culture had an important and lasting impact on American political institutions and jurisprudence. Exploring the book collections of these Virginians therefore offers insight into the history of the book and the intellectual history of early America. It also addresses essential questions of how English culture migrated to the American colonies and was transformed into a distinctive American culture.

Focusing on the law books that colonial Virginians acquired, how they used them, and how they eventually produced a native-grown legal literature, this collection explores the law and intellectual culture of the Commonwealth and reveals the origins of a distinctively Virginian legal literature. The contributors argue that understanding the development of early Virginia legal history—as shown through these book collections—not only illuminates important aspects of Virginia’s history and culture; it also underlies a thorough understanding of colonial and revolutionary American history and culture.

Table of Contents

  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. i-iv
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. Warren M. Billings and Brent Tarter
  3. pp. vii-x
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-10
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  1. English Legal Literature as a Source of Law and Practice in Seventeenth-Century Virginia
  2. Warren M. Billings
  3. pp. 11-26
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  1. Law Books in the Libraries of Colonial Virginians
  2. W. Hamilton Bryson
  3. pp. 27-36
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  1. The Library of the Council of Colonial Virginia
  2. Brent Tarter
  3. pp. 37-56
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  1. English Statutes in Virginia, 1660–1714
  2. John Ruston Pagan
  3. pp. 57-94
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  1. John Mercer: Merchant, Lawyer, Author, Book Collector
  2. Bennie Brown
  3. pp. 95-112
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  1. The Library Reveals the Man: George Wythe, Legal and Classical Scholar
  2. Linda K. Tesar
  3. pp. 113-136
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  1. The Law Library of a Working Attorney: The Example of Patrick Henry
  2. Kevin J. Hayes
  3. pp. 137-156
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  1. A Virginia Original: George Webb’s Office and Authority of a Justice of Peace
  2. Warren M. Billings
  3. pp. 157-178
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  1. A Handbook for All: William Waller Hening’s The New Virginia Justice
  2. R. Neil Hening
  3. pp. 179-194
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  1. St. George Tucker: Judge, Legal Scholar, andReformer of Virginia Law
  2. Charles F. Hobson
  3. pp. 195-220
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 221-222
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 223-234
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780813939407
Related ISBN
9780813939391
MARC Record
OCLC
967512759
Pages
248
Launched on MUSE
2017-01-18
Language
English
Open Access
No
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