[ John Glynn, Serjeant-at-Law and Member of Parliament. ] Autograph Legal Opinion, given to a 'Case' presented to him by London attorney Richard Way (a property dispute between Messrs Fisher and Carter).

John Glynn (c.1722-1779), Serjeant-at-Law and Member of Parliament, supporter of John Wilkes and American Independence; Richard Way, London attorney
Publication details: 
Opinion sought by 'R. Way | Cary Street [ London ]. Undated [eighteenth century, 1770 or later ].
SKU: 19990

The case concerns a disagreement between 'Mr. Carter' and 'Mr Fisher', the latter having – with his 'Ancestors' – 'enjoyed this Estate for 70 Years past without any Interruption whatsoever'. The main body of the text is in the hand of Way or an employee, with Glynn's autograph opinion on two questions extending to nine lines (four lines for 'Q[uery]. 1st', and five lines for 'Q[uery] 2d'). The first page is headed 'Case'. Following a lengthy description of a case history of '13th. March 33d. Henry 8th.' are the two questions ('Q. 1st', and 'Q 2d'). The first question, regarding which Glynn is asked to 'advise fully', is whether the property is common or manor land. The second question follows on from the fact that 'Mr. Fisher hath been advised to cut the Trees down and to try the right with Mr. Carter It being insisted that in all Events Mr. Fisher is intitled to the Wastes in the lanes between his own Land & Whether his Estate may be still called a Manor Therefore'. In his reply to the latter Glynn refers to the year 1770. See Glynn's entry in the Oxford DNB. ("He spoke only once on America in 1774, but he voiced all the prejudices of London radicals against the Quebec Bill. Three times he rose on the second reading on 26 May 1774, attacking the measure for putting English subjects under French law, for not giving the colony a representative assembly, and for not safeguarding the protestant religion. He spoke twice more at the report stage on 10 June, to urge the merits of jury trials.")