What is the role of England’s Lord Chancellor? Traditionally, he played a role in all 3 government branches: presiding officer of the House of Lords, member of the Cabinet, and head of the judicial system. John Campbell, Baron Campbell (1779-1861) compiled an 8-vol. set of biographical sketches of the Lords Chancellor and Keepers of the Great Seal from Augmendus in 605 to Henry Brougham in 1830-1835. The RC owns the ed. of this set published in London, 1845-1869.

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Former Chief Justice John Marshall (1755-1835)’s account of the life of George Washington offers a unique perspective on both the president and the battles of the Revolutionary war, as Marshall was not only Washington’s contemporary, but served under him in the army. The Research Center has a 2-vol. set of the 2nd ed., revised by the author in 1832, pub. in Philadelphia in 1848, and a 1926 reprint ed. of the original 5-vol. set (1804-1807) which also includes his “History of the Colonies”.

Eirenarcha is the name formerly given to a Justice of the Peace. This manual for the office was written by William Lambarde (1536-1601) in 1581. The RC has two copies: the edition published in London in 1610, and the revised & enlarged edition of 1619.

This anonymous treatise on women and the law dates from 1777. Included is an account of the trial of Elizabeth Chudleigh (1720-1788), who was either free spirited or scandalous according to your point of view. Known to history as both the Duchess of Kingston and the Countess of Bristol, London society was all agog as she was indicted for bigamy by the House of Peers in 1776 and found guilty. She then escaped across the English Channel in an open boat to begin her adventures abroad!

What issues were foremost in the minds of the Legislative Council of the Territory of Florida on the occasion of their first meeting in 1822? The RC has a copy of the original Acts, pub. in Pensacola in 1823 – so you can see that they were concerned with adopting the Common Law, providing for the election of a delegate to congress, incorporating the cities of Pensacola and St. Augustine, regulating civil proceedings, and of course, raising revenue in the Territory. First things first!

The “Magna Carta” is well known in constitutional legal history. This edition by Richard Tottell was pub. In 1556. It is “...the most known; it varies from Pyson’s and Berthelet’s in some readings of the text of the statutes, and is enlarged by the addition of certain statutes…passed before the reign of Edward III.” Other eds. By Tottell were pub. In 1576 and 1587. – RareBookBuyer.com

Queen Caroline (1768-1821) was the wife of George IV. He thought her unattractive and unhygienic, and they soon separated. Years of impropriety ensued as Caroline and a young man traveled the world, settling in Italy. When George IV became King in 1820, Caroline returned to claim her title as Queen. She was tried in Parliament to remove her title and dissolve her marriage. Even then, she was turned away from the 1821 coronation at bayonet point, and died 3 weeks later.

These beautifully tooled bindings encase “A Compleat Collection of State-Tryals and Proceedings upon Impeachments for High Treason and other Crimes and Misdemeanors…” from 1407 to 1709. Pub. in London in 1719, no editor is named on the title page, but some scholars believe that Thomas Salmon (1679-1767) was the compiler.

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