Branch, Thomas (DNB00)

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BRANCH, THOMAS (fl. 1753), was author of 'Thoughts on Dreaming' (1738), and ' Principia Legis et Æquitatis' (1753). The latter work, which presents in alphabetical order a collection of maxims, definitions, and remarkable sayings in law and equity, has been highly commended as a student's text-book; it has found editors both in this country and in the United States. Nothing is known of Branch's personal history, but if the 'lady of Thomas Branch, Esq.' in the obituary of the 'Gentleman's Magazine,' December 1769, was his wife, it may be presumed that he was then alive.

[Lowndes's Bibl. Manual (Bohn), 254; Gent. Mag. xxxix. 608.]

J. M. S.