Appeals to the Privy Council from the
Caribbean and Canadian Colonies
Report No. BAR_1714_04

Mendez v Battyn (2 appeals)



Case Name Long

Isaac Mendez and Moses Mendez v William Rees Battyn (2 appeals)


Acts of the Privy Council, Colonial Series


APC Citation  

v.2 [1203] p.680 (24 May 1714 – 31 July 1722)

  PC Register Citation

Anne v.6 (18 Aug. 1712 – 31 July 1714) p.362, 371: PC 2/84/362, 371


  PC Register Citation

George I v.1 (1 Aug. 1714 – 2 March 1717) p.143, 172–173: PC 2/85/143, 172–173


  PC Register Citation

George I v.3 (25 Aug. 1720 – 31 May 1722) p.2: PC 2/87/2


  PC Register Citation

George I v.4 (1 June 1722 – 25 Aug. 1724) p.78, 81: PC 2/88/78, 81



Colonial Courts


Governor and Council as a Court of Grievances – 1 Sept. 1713


Chancery – 2 Sept. 1719



Battyn, William Rees, respondent


Jordan, Edward (guardian of William Rees Battyn)


Medina, Jacob De


Mendez, Isaac, appellant


Mendez, Moses (Abraham), appellant



Concerning a debt.


Both decisions reversed.


Smith (p.378) notes this case as an example where chancery procedure was extended to interstitial common law practice: evidence from the lower case was annexed to the verdict so that the Committee could judge it as a whole.

A case entitled Anonymous, 2 P. Wms. 75, 24 Eng. Rep. 646 (P.C. 1722) (memorandum dated 9 August 1722) (view) is said to be Mendez v Battyn by Barry Cahill in “How Far English Laws are in Force Here: Nova Scotia’s First Century of Reception Law Jurisprudence,” University of New Brunswick Law Journal, 42 (1993) 133–153. The date of Mendez makes the attribution plausible but we have not found corroborating evidence.

The appellants’ printed case is summarized, with an additional note about the respondent, in Caribbeana: miscellaneous papers relating to the history, genealogy, topography, and antiquities of the British West Indies, ed. Vere Langford Oliver (London: Mitchell, Hughes, and Clarke, 1909–1919), 6:63–64 (view).

Moses Mendez is called Abraham Mendez in his printed case. It is possible that both the APC and the printed case are, in some sense, right and that one name is his given name and the other his patronymic.


References in Smith, Appeals to the Privy Council from the American Plantations

Table of Cases (Mendez v Battyn)


Printed Cases

Appellant’s case

Case of the appellant (Isaac and Abraham Mendez v William Rees Battyn)


Not signed


British Library: (Hardwicke Papers) Additional Manuscripts 36216 f.8r–9v (Manuscript date on dorse with note: “At the Committee 25 July 1722. Revs’d on the point of want of Equity.” One manuscript note and one underlining.)



Privy Council Documents in PC 1 at The National Archives at Kew


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