Philip Yorke, earl of Hardwicke (1690-1764) was the Lord Chancellor of Great Britain from 1737 to 1756. He had a brilliant legal mind, and his memory is still celebrated today.

These reports are taken from Lord Hardwicke's opinions in other cases. Thus, being statements by Lord Hardwicke of these cases, in that sense, they are his reports of these cases. The text published here has been massaged into the standard format for law reports. However, originally, it was Lord Hardwicke's treatment of these reports as legal precedents for other cases that were before him for decision, which precedents he followed or distinguished away factually or questioned as to the qualify of the reports themselves. At Lord Hardwicke's time and before, there were no professional or official reporters.

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