Coke's Note-Books and the Sources of his Reports

  title={Coke's Note-Books and the Sources of his Reports},
  author={J. H. Baker},
  journal={The Cambridge Law Journal},
  pages={59 - 86}
  • J. H. Baker
  • Published 1 April 1972
  • History, Law
  • The Cambridge Law Journal
Four hundred years ago this April, Edward Coke of Trinity College, Cambridge, was admitted to the Inner Temple, an event momentous not merely in the history of the Inn but also in the history of the common law. For it was in 1572 that young Coke began to attend the courts and to observe the decisions there, to listen to Bendlowes and Plowden and Dyer as they opened for him the secrets of jurisprudence. He was to continue his attendance at Westminster Hall for forty-four years, and from 1579 to… 
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Coke noted the case briefly in 3 Rep. 91. See also 2 And. 109; Poph. 61
  • Univ.Lib.Camb. MS.Ee.iii
620-625v. The only printed reports are very brief: Moo. 934, CroJac
    269; Vin.Abr. Rege Inconsulto (A) 9
    • Cf. 2 Inst
    Coke noted the case at 9 Rep. 15. The only printed report is the brief note in Moo