The Chancery Reports of John Herne And of George Duke (1599 to 1674)

William Hamilton Bryson, University of Richmond


These reports of cases are focused on the correction of abuses of charities and breaches of trusts to charitable purposes. Although these cases were decided in the seventeenth century, they deal with problems that continually arise today. The law reports edited here are the reports of cases first published by John Herne and by George Duke in their editions of The Law of Charitable Uses. All of the cases in the first edition by Herne are also repeated in the later editions. The reports which they copied or abridged from other printed reports have not been included, since the full versions are otherwise easily accessible today. However, the reports that they first printed are not very accessible, as the several editions of this work on charitable trusts are long out of print and not easy to find.