Judge Thompson compiled the English Statutes along with his annotations on ruled paper approximately 7-5/8" by 12-1/2". While there is no direct statement as to when he finished, the title page to Volume III of the 1941 Florida Statutes dates the compilation to 1853. The forward to this volume suggests the library of the Florida supreme court is where these papers were kept for so many years, not being given wide circulation. These papers remained archived there until sometime in the mid 1970's, when the then head librarian, seeing they were begining to show their age, some wear and tear from albeit seldom use, and obviously some mold, decided to place the originals with the State Archives where they could be kept in a better-controlled environment. Before doing so, he made a single copy of each page on 8-1/2" by 14" paper, which first generation copy replaced the original papers in a locked filing cabinet in the basement. In the late 1990's, this copy was used to make other copies for private study outside the library, and a second copy was donated to the library at that time. It is from one of the second generation copies that the scans linked below are taken.
The scans center around the images of the original paper used by Thompson, omitting the extra white space of the legal sized paper. These were done at 100 ppi grey-scale to generate the 8-color GIF's, which seemed to work well throughout. Some of these images are very slightly cut off because the copy made by the head librarian was tilted, and I have only made attempt to correct this when it is pronounced. Care was taken that no text was lost. As some might find the hand-written notes hard to read, and there being no known generally available publication of it, please know that the partial transcription by Guy Botts is available in the aforementioned Volume III, and it is hoped a full transcription will be made in the not-too-distant future.
Images of the pages of Leslie A. Thompson's compilation of the English Statutes in force in the State of Florida
English Statutes .zip file (129.9 MB)
Pages 001 through 100 - Account,
Aliens, Amendment and Jeofail, Apprentice, Attorney and Counsellor at
law, Bigamy, Bill of Exceptions, Bills of Exchange and Promissory
Notes, Burglary, Carriers, Champerty, Charitable Uses
Pages 101 through 200 - Charitable Uses (continued), Cheats, Conspiracy, Costs, Distress, Dower and Jointure
Pages 201 through 300 - Dower and Jointure (continued), Duress, Estates for Life, Execution, Executors and Administrators, Fines and Recoveries
Pages 301 through 400 - Fines and Recoveries (continued), Fraudulent Conveyances, Gaming, Guardian, Habeas Corpus, Hue and Cry, Idiots and Lunatics, Indictment, Infant, Inquest of Office, Insurance, Judgement
Pages 401 through 500 - Judgement (continued), Jurisdiction of Admiralty, Jury and Juror, Land-Measure, Larceny, Leases and Terms for Years, Limitation of Actions, Maintenance, and Buying and Selling Pretended Titles, Marriage
Pages 501 through 600 - Marriage (continued), Mortgage, Mortmain, Offices and Officers, Parent and Child, Pauper, Pawns, Perjury, Pleas and Pleading, Popular and Qui Tam actions
Pages 601 through 700 - Popular and Qui Tam actions (continued), Quakers, Quo Warranto & Mandamus, Rape, Real Actions, Riots, Sheriffs and Gaolers, Stock-jobbing, Trial
Pages 701 through 751 - Trial (continued), Uses, Waste, Wills, Year
(Archived) Volume III of the 1941 Florida Statutes (pdf) through page 288
(Inactive) www.law.fsu.edu/library/databases/pdf/1941statutoryrevisions.pdf (Removed from site)
Images of the pages from Volume III of the 1941 Florida Statutes - British Statutes in Force in the State of Florida. These pages scanned below were copied enlarged from the volume at the local law library, which volume mysteriously disappeared soon afterwards. The main pages were scanned at 100 ppi grey-scale and output to 4-color GIF's.
Title page -
page ii -
Acknowledgment and Recognition -
Table Of Contents -
Part I (page 1) -
Foreward - Foreward to common law compilation
Pages 5 through 79 - ...
Table of Regnal Years - as it was produced in the volume
Scans of the Rules of Procedure from 1927 are provided here:
Rules of procedure .zip file (6.6 MB)