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Edward Christian (3 March 1758 – 29 March 1823) was an English judge and law professor, and the older brother of Fletcher Christian, leader of the Mutiny on the Bounty.

Christian went up to Peterhouse, Cambridge in 1775, but migrated to St John's College in 1777, graduating as third wrangler in 1779. While at Cambridge he forged a friendship with William Wilberforce. He was admitted to Gray's Inn on 5 July 1782. In 1788 Christian was appointed Downing Professor of the Laws of England, although the chair was only founded along with Downing College in 1800. He held the professorship in conjunction with a fellowship of Downing until his death in 1823.

In 1794, Stephen Barney, counsel to Mutineer William Muspratt, at the urging of Edward Christian, published his version of the Minutes of the Bounty Court-Martial which included an 'Appendix' written by Edward Christian. In the Appendix, Edward did not try to excuse his brother Fletcher's conduct, but citing his interviews with several of the people involved (none directly), and listing the names and addresses of several prominent people as witnesses to these interviews, he recounted several of the excesses of William Bligh, Commander of the Bounty. At the time of the publication of the Minutes and Appendix, the public's only published source of information about the mutiny were Bligh's own 'A Narrative of the Mutiny on the Bounty,' published in 1790, and 'A Voyage to the South Sea,' published in 1792. With the publication of the 'Appendix,' the tide of public opinion began to turn against Bligh. Indeed, Bligh responded by publishing 'An Answer to Certain Assertions Contained in The Appendix to a Pamphlet, entitled...' etc., etc., to which, Edward Christian promptly published "A Short Reply to Capt. William Bligh's Answer,' which only served to fan the flames.

Christian was Chief Justice of the Isle of Ely and was one of the preciding judges at the Ely and Littleport riot Special Commission assizes at Ely in 1816.

The process was aided by the efforts of the family of Peter Heywood, a Midshipman on the Bounty, and others, but many attribute the source of William Bligh's bad reputation, to this day, to Edward Christian's 'Appendix.' It is believed by many that Edward Christian's impetus for both the 'Minutes' and the 'Appendix,' were a letter from, and a subsequent meeting with, Peter Heywood, after the latter's pardon.
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Total Books: 33
Commentaries On the Laws of England In Four Books Volume 2
2010 - Commentaries on the Laws of England in Four Books Volume 2 (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781143295492
ISBN-10: 1143295498
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Commentaries On the Laws of England
2010 - Commentaries on the Laws of England (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781143558252
ISBN-10: 1143558251
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The Origin Progress and Present Practice of the Bankrupt Law Both in England and in Ireland
Commentaries On the Laws of England In Four Books Volume 1
2010 - Commentaries on the Laws of England in Four Books Volume 1 (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781143608407
ISBN-10: 1143608402
Genre: Law
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Commentaries On the Laws of England In Four Books with an Analysis of the Work Volume 2
Notes to Blackstone'S Commentaries Which Are Calculated to Answer All the Editions
A Dissertation Shewing That the House of Lords in Cases of Judicature Are Bound by the Same Rules of Evidence That Are Observed by All Other Courts
Charges Delivered to Grand Juries in the Isle of Ely Upon Libels Vagrants Criminal Law Religion Rebellious Assemblies
An Examination of Precedents and Principles From Which It Appears That an Impeachment Is Determined by a Dissolution of Parliament With an
A Plan for a County Provident Bank
2009 - A Plan for a County Provident Bank (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781151343932
ISBN-10: 1151343935
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A Dissertation Shewing That the House of Lords in Cases of Judicature Are Bound by the Same Rules of Evidence That Are Observed by All Other
Practical Instructions for Suing Out and Prosecuting a Commission of Bankruptcy
Charges Delivered to Grand Juries in the Isle of Ely
2009 - Charges Delivered to Grand Juries in the Isle of Ely (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781117515052
ISBN-10: 1117515052
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A dissertation shewing that the House of lords in cases of judicature are bound by the same rules
The Origin Progress and Present Practice of the Bankrupt Law
2009 - The Origin Progress and Present Practice of the Bankrupt Law [1814] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780217603218
ISBN-10: 0217603211
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Weimar's trust
2009 - Weimar's Trust [1873] (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780217653350
ISBN-10: 0217653359
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A Full Explanation Of The Law Respecting Prayers For The Queen And The Royal Family
2009 - A Full Explanation of the Law Respecting Prayers for the Queen and the Royal Family [1821] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781437453966
ISBN-10: 1437453961
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A Dissertation Showing That The House Of Lords In Cases Of Judicature Are Bound By The Same Rules Of Evidence That Are Observed By All Other Courts