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Type: Journal article
Title: Business at law: retrieving commercial disputes from eighteenth-century Chancery
Author: Churches, Christine Mai
Citation: Historical Journal, 2000; 43(4):937-954
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Issue Date: 2000
ISSN: 0018-246X
School/Discipline: School of History and Politics : History
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Christine Churches
Abstract: Recent work on the records of civil litigation in the central courts of Westminster has refined and extended our knowledge of levels of litigation and the types of dispute pursued at law in early modern England. This article discusses two interrelated business disputes at the port of Whitehaven in the first half of the eighteenth century pursued by two of its prominent merchants, both frequent litigants in a period when litigation overall was declining, and suggests some reasons for that decline. It matches the formal court records of King's Bench, Common Pleas, and Chancery with some illuminating, often acerbic, private correspondence, thereby exploring the process and background of litigation, and demonstrating how a third party could influence the conduct and direction of the disputes, while himself remaining almost invisible in the formal legal record.
Provenance: Published online by Cambridge University Press 01 Mar 2001
Rights: Copyright © 2000 Cambridge University Press
DOI: 10.1017/S0018246X00001436
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