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Bos. & Pul. - Bosanquet & Puller's Common Pleas Reports


Also B. & P.

Forming part of the English Reports, Volumes 126 to 127 (1796-1804).

Reporters were Christopher Puller and John Bernard Bosanquet.

Continued Henry Blackstone's series (Bl. H. - 1788 to 1796).

The Dictionary of National Biography of England includes a lenghty excerpt on John Bosanquet (1773-1814) as follows:

"He was born at Forest House on 2 May 1773, and educated at Eton and Christ Church, Oxford, where he took the degree of B.A. (1795), and M.A. (1800). He was admitted a student of Lincoln's Inn in 1794, and on being called to the bar (in) May (of) 1800, joined the home circuit. He also attended the Essex sessions, of which his father was chairman. Previously to his call he had, in conjunction with Mr. (afterwards Sir) Christopher Puller, commenced the Reports of Cases argued and determined in the Court of Common Pleas and Exchequer Chamber, and in the House of Lords. Of these reports there are two series, the first in three volumes from 1796 to 1804, and the second in two volumes from 1804 to 1807. Owing to family influence his career at the bar was soon a successful one, and he was appointed standing counsel both to the East India Company and to the Bank of England. On 22 Nov. 1814 he was made a serjeant-at-law, and from that time came prominently before the public in the numerous bank prosecutions which he conducted with great discretion for thirteen years. In 1824 he declined the appointment of chief justice of Bengal, and in Easter term 1827 was made king's serjeant. On 16 May 1828 he was nominated one of the commissioners appointed to inquire into the practice of the common law courts. Over this commission he presided for three years. Upon the retirement of Sir James Burrough he was made a judge of the court of common pleas 1 Feb. 1830, and was knighted on the following day. On 4 Sept. 1833 he was sworn a member of the privy council, and thenceforth, until 1840, constantly formed one of the judicial committee of that body. Upon the resignation of Lord Chancellor Lyndhurst, Bosanquet, in conjunction with Sir Charles Pepys, the master of the rolls, and Sir Lancelot Shadwell, the vice-chancellor, was appointed a Lord Commissioner of the Great Seal (which) ... lasted ... to 1836, when Pepys was made lord chancellor. After eleven years of judicial work he was compelled by his state of health to retire from the bench shortly before the beginning of Hilary term 1842. He died at the Firs, Hampstead Heath, on 25 Sept. 1847, aged 74, and was buried at Llantillio-Crossenny, Monmouthshire. A monument is erected to his memory in his parish church of Dinge-stow, and his portrait hangs in the hall of Eton College."

Of Sir Christopher Puller (1774-1824), who moved to India in his last year, the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography:

"Barrister-at-law, ... was educated at Eton and Oxford, where he matriculated from Christ Church on 4 Feb. 1792, gaining the Latin verse prize in 1794, graduating B. A. 1795, and being elected fellow of Queen's College. He was called to the bar in 1800 at the Inner Temple, but he migrated in 1812 to Lincoln's Inn, where he was elected a bencher in 1822. In early life he was associated as a law reporter with Sir John Bernard Bosanquet. In 1823, he was knighted on succeeding Sir R. H. Blossett as chief justice of Bengal (India). He died on 31 May 1824, five weeks after his arrival in the presidency."

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