1809.017: A Collection of the Most Useful and Approved Legal Forms.

Published: 1809

Full Title: A collection of the most useful and approved forms of process, judgments and orders, used in the county courts, and late district courts of law, in Virginia; also bonds usually taken in the said courts, and executions on judgments thereof; records on appeals, and writs of supersedeas; of proceedings on the arraignment of criminals, and of the entries used on the trials thereof. To which are added, various forms of indictments, &c. in criminal cases; declarations; and some of the most useful sorts of conveyances; and an index to the whole. By John Robinson, clerk of the superior court of law for Henrico county, and late clerk of the district court of law, formerly held in the city of Richmond.

Author: Robinson, John (1773-1850).

Place Issued: Richmond

Issuing Press: Seaton Grantland

Description: 400 pgs.; 25 cm. (8vo).


The first law-forms manual published in Virginia, apparently prompted by the restructuring of the state's judiciary by the Assembly in its December 1807 and December 1808 sessions; Robinson published a second edition in 1826 in conjunction with his son, Conway Robinson (1805-1884), the well-known reporter of cases heard by the Virginia Court of Appeals. Robinson entered this work for copyright on October 3, 1809; however, his manual was clearly published before that date, as Richmond printer Seaton Grantland had removed his press to Milledgeville, Georgia, by that date; there he became official printer to that state with the opening of Georgia's General Assembly on November 6, 1809; that context makes this particular title Grantland's latest-known Virginia imprint. Swem recorded this title, despite it being a privately-funded publication, from its widespread use in the state's court system.

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