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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... gravity of his demeanour, was wont to call him her " young lord-keeper," once asked him, " How old are you ? " A veteran minister might have envied the adroit reply : " Just two years younger than your Majesty's happy reign.
"We shall breed discontentment in paying these subsidies, and endanger Her Majesty's safety, which must consist more in the love of her people than in their wealth. This being granted, other princes hereafter will look for the like, ...
That although Her Majesty can hardly stomach one so inexperienced being made her attorney, if he would be contented with the solicitor's place, it might be of easier digestion to her.' "Essex. 'Digest me no digestions.
In this strait Bacon appealed directly to Elizabeth, in a letter which is not wholly wanting in manliness of tone : — "Madam," he wrote, "remembering that' your Majesty has been gracious to me, both in countenancing me and conferring ...
The conclusion shall be, that I wish your Majesty served answerable to yourself. Principio est virtus maxima nosse suos. Thus I must humbly crave pardon of my boldness and plainness. God preserve your Majesty !