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Exhibition Themes > Law > 177. William III

177.  William III, King of Great Britain (1650-1702).  Anno regni Gulielmi III Regis Angliae, Scotiae, Franciae & Hiberniae, Decimo. London: Charles Bill and the Executrix of Thomas Newcomb, 1699. Arthur W. Diamond Law Library, Special Collections

This book of English statutes belonged to Joseph Murray (1694-1757), a lawyer in colonial New York. A prominent and successful practitioner, Murray served on the vestry of Trinity Church from 1720 to 1726 and as warden until 1757. He was a member of the King's College Board of Governors since its foundation in 1754. Although married, he had no children and when he died in 1757, he bequeathed his library to the recently founded College, along with a considerable remainder of his estate. With enough money to import law books from England, Murray assembled an excellent library of law reports and treatises. Unfortunately the College library suffered plundering during the American Revolution resulting in the loss of many of Murray's gifts.

Gift of Joseph Murray, 1758

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