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Legal opinions of Sir Edward Northey

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0096 MS 73
Held at: Senate House Library, University of London
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Full title: Legal opinions of Sir Edward Northey
Date(s): 1701-1704
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 1 volume containing 90 leaves
Name of creator(s): Northey, Sir Edward (1652-1723), barrister and politician
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Administrative/Biographical history:

Born in 1652, Edward Northey was educated at St Paul's School, London, and Queen's College, Oxford University. He entered Middle Temple, London, as a barrister in 1674. He served as Attorney General of England, 1701-1707 and 1710-1718, was knighted in 1702, and acted as MP for Tiverton, 1710.


Scope and content/abstract:

Manuscript volume, 1701-1704, containing the legal opinions of Sir Edward Northey, Attorney General, on cases submitted by the Treasury Board between 2 Oct 1701 and 29 Sep 1704 on matters including Customs and Excise, maritime law including the Navigation Act, prizes taken by Her Majesty's ships of war, the colonies, the Post Office, and the armed forces.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

Single item.

Conditions governing access:

Access to this collection is unrestricted for the purpose of private study and personal research within the supervised environment and restrictions of the Library's Palaeography Room. Uncatalogued material may not be seen. Please contact the University Archivist for details.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copies may be made, subject to the condition of the original. Copying must be undertaken by the Palaeography Room staff, who will need a minimum of 24 hours to process requests.

Finding aids:

Collection level description.

Archival Information

Archival history:

The manuscript is inscribed 'Robert Savage' and 'Dom Dalton', and contains the bookplate of Robert Jocelyn, 1st Earl of Roden (1731-1797), It also contains the label of Jeremiah Bissell, Stationer, Chancery Lane, London.

Immediate source of acquisition:

Part of the Goldsmith's Library of Economic Literature, initially collected by Herbert Somerton Foxwell and presented by the Goldsmith's Company to the University of London in 1903.

Allied Materials

Related material:

The Society of Antiquaries of London holds papers relating to Sir Edward Northey's time as Attorney General, 1715-1716 (Ref: Ms 271), and the Harrowby Manuscripts Trust holds his opinions on the 1720 Bubble Act (Ref: Vol 33).

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Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Compiled by Sarah Smith as part of the RSLP AIM25 Project.

Rules or conventions:
ISAD(G) 2nd edition, and NCA rules for the construction of personal, place and corporate names (1997).

Date(s) of descriptions:
Jul 2000

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