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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of his worldly fortunes, offered his hand to the well-horn and opulent widow, Lady Hatton, a grand-daughter of Lord Burleigh. ... Attorney-General Coke, whom, as Macaulay says, she did her best to make as miserable as he deserved to be.
In our own time, Lord Macaulay has lent the force of his brilliant rhetoric, and Lord Campbell the weight of his legal acumen, to the unfavourable view of Bacon's character. The kindlier and more generous judgment, originally put ...
Even Lord Macaulay admits that the advice which he gave was generally most judicious. He did all that he could to dissuade the earl from accepting the perilous charge of the Irish Government— then, as now, a burden bringing with it more ...
Macaulay, in a rhetorical passage, sums up the benefits which it has conferred upon man : — " It has lengthened life," he says ; " it has mitigated pain ; it has extinguished diseases ; it has increased the fertility of the soil ...
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