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BRIGHTLY, Frederick Charles, lawyer, born in Bungay, Suffolk, England, 26 August, 1812; died in Germantown, Pennsylvania, 24 January, 1888. After serving as a midshipman under the East Indian company he came to this country in 1831, studied law, and was admitted to the bar in 1839. Mr. Brightly retired from active practice about 1870, and devoted his time to legal authorship. His collection of about 5,000 volumes is one of the best private law libraries in this country. He printed a descriptive catalogue of his books, with critical notices of authors and subjects, for private circulation (Philadelphia, 1885). His legal works are "The Law of Costs in Pennsylvania" (1847); "Reports of Cases decided by the Judges of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania," with notes (1851): "The Equitable Jurisdiction of the Courts of Pennsylvania" (1855); "An Analytical Digest of the Laws of the United States, 1789-1869" (2 vols., 1865-'9); " A Digest of the Decisions of the Federal Courts" (2 vols., 1868-'73); "The Bankrupt Law of the United States " (1871) ; "A Collection of Leading Cases on the Law of Elections in the United States" (1871); "Constitution of Pennsylvania, as Amended in the Year 1874," to which is appended the constitution of 1838 (1874) ; "A Digest of the Decisions of the Courts of the State of New York to January, 1884" (3 vols., New York, 1875-'84); and "A Digest of the Decisions of the Courts of the State of Pennsylvania from 1754 to 1882 " (3 vols., Philadelphia, 1877-'83). "A Digest of the Laws of Pennsylvania from 1700 to 1883" (1883). He also republished two editions of "Binn's Justice, or Magistrate's Daily Companion" (1870-'86) ; also "The Practice in Civil Actions and Proceedings in the Courts of Pennsylvania" (2 vols., 1880), popularly known as " Troubat and Haley's Practice," and has edited numerous volumes of reports and other legal works.--His son, Francis Frederick, lawyer, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 26 February, 1845, was graduated at the law department of the University of Pennsylvania in 1866. He has published "A Digest of the Laws and Ordinances of the City of Philadelphia" (2 vols., 1887), and "A Digest of the Laws of Pennsylvania from 1883 to 1887" (1887).
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