Wednesday, November 16, 2011

The Reading List

Once I realized what a wealth of information had become widely available as old books were put online, I began to download, collect, organize, and process the best of them, producing notes which contain what I believe to be the very best passages from those books.  The 752 pages of notes will provide me with plenty of material to distribute through Ordain And Establish in the coming years, but because I thought that readers might benefit from reading many of these same books themselves, I gathered the following links to most of the most important books that I read and processed:


  1. The Pandects of Justinian, Volume I
  2. The Pandects of Justinian, Volume II
  3. Principles of Government: A Treatise on Free Institutions, by Nathaniel Chipman
  4. Speech of Hon. Daniel Chipman (1837), by Daniel Chipman
  5. The Law, by Frederic Bastiat
  6. A Manual of the General Principles of Law (1879), by M.E. Dunlap
  7. Observations on the Act of Parliament commonly called the Boston Port Bill (1774), by Josiah Quincy
  8. Principles of Natural and Politic Law (1763), Volume IVolume II, copies owned by John Adams, by Jean Jacques Burlamaqui
  9. Elements of the Common Lawes, by Francis Bacon
  10. Exemplum tractatus de fontibus juris, and other Latin pieces of Lord Bacon (Translated; 1823), by Francis Bacon
  11. Broom's Maxims
  12. Wharton's Maxims
  13. Second Treatise of Government, by John Locke
  14. Discourses Concerning Government, Volume IVolume II, copies owned by John Adams, by Algernon Sidney
  15. A Law Grammar, or Rudiments of the Law (1817) (1840), by Giles Jacob
  16. Principles of Government (1856), by William Smith O'Brien
  17. The Habeas Corpus Act, by the English Parliament
  18. Parliamentary Debates (read the history of the Petition of Right, 1628), by the English Parliament
  19. Journals of the Continental Congress (Volume V) (included in this list simply because it is fascinating; it includes the Declaration of Independence; however, I did not process the entire journal)
  20. Observations on the American Revolution, page 519 in the Pennsylvania Archives, Volume VII, by the Second Continental Congress (specifically, Gouverneur Morris)
  21. Common Sense, by Thomas Paine
  22. The Farmer's and Monitor's Letters to the Inhabitants of the British Colonies (1769)
  23. The Rights of the Colonists (1772), by Samuel Adams
  24. The Federalist, by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay
  25. Commentaries on the Laws of England, Volume IVolume IIVolume III, and Volume IV, by William Blackstone, copies owned by John Adams
  26. The Wealth of Nations, by Adam Smith, Volume IVolume II, copies owned by John Adams
  27. Acts of the First Congress of the United States of America, copy owned by John Adams
  28. A legal dictionary owned by John Adams
  29. The Way To Wealth, or Poor Richard's Almanac, compiled by Benjamin Franklin
  30. Select Works of Edmund Burke, Volume IVolume IIVolume III, by Edmund Burke
  31. Revised Laws of Indiana as of 1831
  32. Civil Code of the State of Louisiana
  33. "Life and Times of Frederick Douglass, written by himself," by Frederick Douglass
  34. Commentaries on Equity Jurisprudence, by Joseph Story
  35. Commentaries on the Constitution, Volume IVolume IIVolume III, by Joseph Story
  36. The Elements of Torts, by Thomas Cooley
  37. General Principles of Constitutional Law in the United States, by Thomas Cooley
  38. Constitutional Limitations, by Thomas Cooley
  39. Commentaries on American Law, Volume I, by James Kent
  40. Commentaries on American Law, Volume II, by James Kent
  41. The Law of Torts, by Francis Pollock
  42. Handbook of American Constitutional Law, by Henry Campbell Black


(I am aware that the Habeas Corpus Act and Samuel Adams' report on the Rights of the Colonists are not books, but I thought that they would be worth including, since I did "process" them.  Additionally, I did find Rights of the Colonists in a collection of the works of Samuel Adams, but I decided to link directly to that particular work at a different location, online.)

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