The Woman's Lawyer
Attributed to Sir John Dodderidge (1555-1625)
The Lawes Resolutions of Women's
Rights: Or, The Lawe's Provisions for Woemen.
London: John More, Esq., 1632
Rare Book & Special
Purchase, 1815 (90.9)
English Common Law often provided the basis for judicial law
in colonial America. But because of the lack of uniformity in
the courts and legislative bodies from colony to colony, laws
were subject to wide interpretation. By the later part of the
eighteenth century, laws, even regarding women, became more specific.
Thomas Jefferson owned this 1632 British volume "which comprehends
all our Lawes concerning Women, either Children in government
or nurture of their Parents or Gardians, Mayds, Wives, and Widowes,
and their goods, inheritances, and other estates."