Learned in the Law: Or, Examples and Encouragements from the Lives of Eminent Lawyers
The Lawbook Exchange, Ltd., 2002 - 386 páginas
A set of biographical sketches of eminent jurists from the 17th through 19th centuries, including Lord Bacon, John Selden, the Earl of Mansfield, Sir William Jones, and Lord Brougham. Intended to encourage emulation, Adams offers a series of "Great Man" portraits in the manner of Carlyle that emphasizes the outstanding moral character, determination, and diligence of his subjects and their crucial contributions to Britain. Like many Victorians, Adams feared that the professional specialization created by the growth of science and industry would eliminate the type of well-rounded personality dear to the English. This concern is evident in his choice of representative figures. He demonstrates in each case that these were men of parts with a breadth of interests that contributed to their greatness as jurists.
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... brightest and best in the keenness of his wit, the felicity of his humour, the force of his reasoning, and the scope of his sagacity. A critic so complete as Ben Jonson bears the fullest testimony to his exalted oratorical powers.
The kindlier and more generous judgment, originally put forward by * Bacon's "Apology," in his Works (Basil Montagu's edit.), vi. 220-222. Ben Jonson, Aubrey, and the philosopher Hobbes, has been supported FRANCIS BACON. (LORD VBRULAM).
Ben Jonson, Aubrey, and the philosopher Hobbes, has been supported by Basil Montagu, and of late, with greater exactness and more complete research, by Mr. Hepworth Dixon and Mr. James Spedding, who, while not concealing his moral ...
It was here that, on his sixtieth birthday, he gave the grand banquet which Ben Jonson has commemorated : — " Hail, happy Genius of this ancient pile ! How comes it all things so about thee smile ? The fire, the wine, the men !
His circle of friends now included Ben Jonson, and Browne, the poet of " Britannia's Pastorals," and Michael Drayton, to the first eighteen songs of whose " Poly-Olbion " he furnished historical and topographical notes.