The Law of Charitable Uses, As Laid Down and Digested by George Duke..
A Classic Treatise on Charitable Uses Duke, George. Moore, Sir Francis [1558-1621]. Bridgman, Richard Whalley [1761?-1820], Editor. The Law of Charitable Uses, As Laid Down and Digested by George Duke, Esq., In 1676, Together With the Learned Readings of Sir Francis Moore, Printed from His Own Manuscript. To Which is Now Added, The Law of Mortmain, As Established by the Statute of 9 George II. c. 36; The Whole Continued to the Present Time. Enlightened by an Abridgment of All the Adjudged cases, Particularly Adapted to the Use of Every Professor of the Law, As Well as All Bishops, Cathedrals, Colleges, Parishes, And All Corporations, Ecclesiastical as Well as Civil; And All Eleemosynary Foundations. London: Printed for W. Clarke and Sons, 1805. xxxii, 4, 689,  pp. Octavo (9" x 5-1/2"). Recent period-style quarter half over marbled boards, lettering piece, blind fillets and gilt publication date, endpapers renewed. light fading and a few minor scratches to spine, library stamps to edges. Moderate toning to interior, light foxing in a few places, library stamps to title page, following leaf and final leaf of text. $450. * Second and final edition. First published in 1676, this treatise discusses Queen Elizabeth's 1601 Statute of Charitable Uses, the act that established the legal definition of a private charity. Holdsworth, who considered this an important book, notes "[it] sets out the statute, the commission thereunder, the proceedings to call the parties, the inquisition, the decree, and cases decided upon the statute. It also gives examples of pleadings and decrees. The most useful parts of the book are the fifth and sixth chapters, which contain the selection of cases upon the statute." Particular attention is given to the Mortmain Act of 1736, which fundamentally affected charitable gifts of land for over a century. Holdsworth, A History of English Law VI:616. Sweet & Maxwell, A Legal Bibliography of the British Commonwealth 2:42.
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