Joseph Chitty (the elder)
Joseph Chitty (
12 March, 1775– 17 February, 1841) was an English lawyerand legal writer, author of some of the earliest practitioners' texts and founder of an important dynasty of lawyers.
Life and practice
He was himself the son of a Joseph Chitty (1729–1795), and his wife, Sarah "née" Cartwright. He initially practised as a
special pleaderbefore being called to the barby the Middle Templein 1816. He never became a KCbut built a huge junior practice at 1 Pump Courtand published many books.Lobban (2004)]
Chitty was also pupil master to a generation of lawyers, including:
Edward Hall Alderson; [Hedley, S. (2004) " [http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/303 Alderson, Sir Edward Hall (bap. 1787, d. 1857)] ", " Oxford Dictionary of National Biography", Oxford University Press, accessed 22 July 2007 (subscription required)]
Thomas Noon Talfourd; [ [Anon.] (1911) "Thomas Noon Talfourd" " Encyclopaedia Britannica"] and
Henry Havelock. [ [Anon.] (1911) "Henry Havelock" " Encyclopaedia Britannica"]
Personality and later life
Despite his successful practice, by 1831, Chitty had amassed extensive debts that were costing almost
GBP2,000 per year to service. Further, Chitty's health was in decline and he was becoming increasingly anxious about his parlous state. Much of his energy became taken up in avoiding the attentions of his creditors. He retired from practice in 1833 but continued to publish. He died in London.
Chitty married Elizabeth Woodward in 1793 and the couple parented three daughters and five sons, including the lawyers:
Joseph William Chittybecame a lawyer and judge;
Edward Chitty; and
*Tompson Chitty (1815–1863).
*Chitty, T. (1799) "Treatise on Bills of Exchange"
*— (1808) "Precedents of Pleading"
*— (1811a) "Treatise on the Law of Apprentices"
*— (1811b) "Treatise on the Game Laws"
*— (1812) "Treatise on the Law of Nations"
*— (1818) "Treatise on Commercial Law"
*— (1829-37) "Statutes of Practical Utility"
*— (1833) "The Practice of the Law in All its Principal Departments"
*Lobban, M. (2004) " [http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/5336 Chitty, Joseph, the elder (1775–1841)] ", "
Oxford Dictionary of National Biography", Oxford University Press, accessed 9 Aug 2007
* cite book | author=Simpson, A. W. B. (ed.) | title=Biographical Dictionary of the Common Law | year=1984 | id=ISBN 040651657X | location=London | publisher=Butterworths
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