"Most Elaborate" Treatise on English Law and the Clergy Watson, William [1637?-1689]. The Clergy-Man's Law: Or, the Complete Incumbent. Collected from the 39 Articles, Canons, Decrees in Chancery and Exchequer, as Also from All the Acts of Parliament, and Common-Law Cases, Related to the Church and Clergy of England: Digested Under Proper Heads for the Benefit of Patrons of Churches, and the Parochial Clergy. And Will be Useful to All Students, and Practitioners of the Law. With a Table of Contents of the Chapters, and Another of the Principal Matters. To Which is Added, the Names of the Present Bishops, and Other Chief Dignitaries of the Church of England. With Large Additions. London: Printed by E. and R. Nutt, and R. Gosling, 1725. iv, , 652, 62 pp. Includes one-page publisher advertisement. Folio (12-1/2" x 8"). Later three-quarter calf over marbled boards, gilt-edged raised bands and lettering piece to spine, joints neatly reinforced. Moderate rubbing to boards and extremities, corners bumped and somewhat worn, armorial bookplate to front pastedown. Light toning to text, light crinkling to head of text block in a few places, brief early annotations to a few leaves. $300. * Third Edition. "[During the eighteenth century a] number of books aimed at setting out more or less a summary of those branches of law which would be useful to the clergy. The most elaborate of these books is [the present title], which was first published in 1701 and reached a fourth edition by 1747. The author was a clergyman who held the deanery of Battel; but he had been educated with a view to becoming a practitioner in the ecclesiastical courts, and had taken his degree of doctor of laws. Because he had had a legal education he was, he tells us 'soon apply'd to by his neighbours, as a person able to advise them in the many doubts and difficulties that daily occurred to them.' (...) The book deals clearly and systematically in fifty-nine chapters with the law and practice on all topics which are useful to the clergy. It is a learned book; but, as the title page indicates, it is compiled almost entirely from the English cases, statutes and other authorities, to which the full references are given. Though the author is an LL.D. he is obviously more learned in English law than in the civil or canon law.": Holdsworth, History of English Law 12.
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