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Manuscript; Dillard, William T.
Library Inventory of Judge William T. Dillard, Amherst, Virginia
Amherst, Virginia, c. 1898. The Impressive Library of a Nineteenth-Century Virginia Judge [Dillard, William T. (1846-1898)]. [Library Inventory of Judge William T. Dillard. Amherst, Virginia, c. 1898]. [17] ff. 15 removed 12" x 7-1/2" ledger leaves, 2 ruled 12-1/2" x 7-3/4" notebook leaves. Light soiling and browning, occasional faint dampstaining, light edgewear to ledger leaves, and faint paperclip stain along top edges, heavier wear to head and foot of notebook leaves with minor loss to text, legibility not affected. Content in neat hand to rectos and versos of most leaves, one leaf blank, "Judge Wm. Dillard" at head of first leaf. $1,850. * A veteran of the Confederate Army who received his law degree from the University of Virginia, Dillard was the Amherst County Court Judge from 1879 to 1897. The ledger leaves appear to have been part of an estate appraisal; most items are accompanied by prices in a different hand. The other leaves may have have been an addendum. The first 6 list the contents of his law library, 7 others list his books in other subjects. There are also 3 leaves listing furniture and other housewares. Dillard had an impressive law library with just about every handbook, treatise and reporter a Virginia judge would need. More than a practical working library, it included such theoretical works as Montesquieu's Spirit of the Laws and Beccaria's Essay on Crimes and Punishments, The Federalist and DeLolme's Constitution of England. Among the non-law books are several landmark works in history, economics, literature and poetry.
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