Randolph, Sir John, and Barradall, Edward, Reporters. Barton, R.T., Editor. Virginia Colonial Decisions: The Reports of Decisions of the General Court of Virginia 1728-1741. Edited, with Historical Introduction. Boston: the Boston Book Company, 1909. Two Volumes. xxviii, 250, 118; 394 pp. Frontispiece. Reprinted 2005 by The Lawbook Exchange, Ltd. ISBN-13: 9781584775102. ISBN-10: 1584775106. Hardcover, cloth. New. $175. * Reprint of the sole edition. These volumes contain all of the decided cases of colonial Virginia's chief court reported by Randolph [c.1693-1737] and Barradall [1704-1743]. Excepting a few cases reported later by Thomas Jefferson and William Hopkins, these are all of the cases reported during the colonial period. Invaluable sources for the early history of American law, Barton commends these reports for "the picture they give of [Virginia's] colonial period in all its shades and aspects" and their ability to "make the observer see what the more detailed narrative of history fails to tell" (Preface iv). This set is further enriched by Barton's 250-page introduction, which outlines the legal system of colonial Virginia and sets the reports in their social context.
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