1820.055: The New Virginia Justice, 3rd edition.

Published: 1820

Full Title: The new Virginia justice, comprising the office and authority of a justice of the peace, in the commonwealth of Virginia. : Together with a variety of useful precedents, adapted to the laws now in force. To which is added an appendix, containing all the most approved forms in conveyancing: such as deeds of bargain and sale, of lease and release, of trust, mortgages, bills of sale, &c. Also, the duties of a justice of the peace, arising under the laws of the United States. By William Waller Hening, attorney at law. The third edition, revised, corrected, greatly enlarged, and adapted to the revised code of 1819. By the author.

Author: Hening, William Waller (1768-1828).

Place Issued: Richmond

Issuing Press: J. & G. Cochran for William Waller Hening

Description: 822 pgs.; 23 cm. (8vo).


As title notes, this is third edition of Hening's manual for legal practice in Virginia's county courts, issued as a result of the 1819 Revised Code of the Laws of Virginia (1819.063), which he had helped compile for the Assembly; the first edition of Hening's well-known handbook issued in 1795 from the Richmond press of Thomas Nicolson (1795.016), and was reprinted by Augustine Davis four years later (1799.035); Hening published a second edition in 1810 after a second addendum to New Revised Code of 1803 was published in 1808 (1810.031); this was the most extensive revision that he made to his manual of practice as a result of the codification of Virginia law begun by the 1819 revisal; he would publish a slightly altered fifth edition in 1825 in consequence of the dearth of available copies of this pivotal imprint. Hening entered a copyright for this work on September 15, 1820; his choice of the Richmond job-printers J. & G. Cochran provides an effective "not after" date for print-trade career of his nephew, William Waller Gray, who was his chosen printer over the preceding three years. Copyright to this title has been claimed by a textbook publisher – as an abandoned work under provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998 – and so thus is available in digital form only by subscription to that service.

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