Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900/Bridgman, Richard Whalley

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BRIDGMAN, RICHARD WHALLEY (1761?–1820), writer on law, was born about 1761, and died at Bath 16 Nov. 1820, in his fifty-ninth year. He was an attorney, and acted as one of the clerks of the Grocers' Company. He left the following works, published between 1798 and 1813:

  1. 'Thesaurus Juridicus; containing the Decisions of the several Courts of Equity, &c., systematically digested from the Revolution to 1798,' 2 vols. 8vo, 1799-1800.
  2. 'Reflections on the Study of the Law,' 1804, 8vo.
  3. 'Dukes' Law of Charitable Uses,' &c., 1805, 8vo.
  4. 'An Analytical Digested Index of the Reported Cases in the several Courts of Equity,' 1805, 2 vols.; 2nd edition, 1813, 3 vols.; 3rd edition, edited by his son, R. O. Bridgman, 1822, 3 vols. 8vo.
  5. 'Supplement to the Analytical Digested Index,' &c., 1807, 8vo.
  6. 'A Short View of Legal Bibliography, to which is added a Plan for classifying a Public or Private Library,' 1807, 8vo.
  7. 'A Synthesis of the Law of Nisi Prius,' 1809, 8vo.
  8. 'Judgment of the Common Pleas in Benyon against Evelyn,' 1811, 8vo.
  9. An annotated edition of Sir F. Buller's 'Introduction to the Law relative to Trials at Nisi Prius,' 1817, 8vo.

[Watt's Bibl. Brit.; Reed's Catal. of Law Books, 1809; Gent. Mag. 1820, pt. ii. p. 477; Notes and Queries, 6th ser. xi. 13; Brit. Mus. Cat.]

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