This second edition of Sir John Randolph's Virginia reports was prompted by the discovery in the Library of Congress of another manuscript copy, which was heretofore unknown. I would like to thank Nathan Dorn, of the Law Department of the Library of Congress for bringing it to light. The importance of this discovery is the addition of three cases to the first edition, which was published over a hundred years ago.
In this new edition of these law reports, I have presented these cases in a more usable format for members of the legal profession by extending the abbreviations of the copyists, putting the text into modern spelling, and by giving the modern citations for the case references given as precedents that are to be found in the original reports. This also shows clearly the place of these reports in the broad sweep of Anglo-American legal history. These are the earliest Virginia law reports that have survived, and for this reason also, a new edition is warranted.
W. H. Bryson, Sir John Randolph's Reports of Cases in the General Court of Virginia, 1729-1735 (2nd ed. 2015).