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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... the more thorough will be his knowledge of the calling to which he has specially devoted himself. It may be true that a versatile man is generally a smatterer ; it is not less true that a specialist is usually narrow-minded.
Some objection may be offered to the inclusion of Edmund Burke among eminent lawyers; but he was certainly " learned in the law," and his knowledge of thq higher principles of the law helped him largely in, his public career.
But they convey another and even more valuable lesson by illustrating the advantages of culture ; the pleasure and profit derivable from the pursuit of knowledge. They teach us, moreover, the value of self- ...
And this must be the stronghold of every seeker after knowledge. 3STo good work will be done by young men who accustom themselves to lean upon others, who are always finding new leaders, and professing themselves disciples of new ...
The father of the lady he loved, a country squire, called upon him at his chambers, and * " He seemed intuitively to catch an accurate knowledge of all the most abstruse mysteries of the Dodrina Placitandi, and he was supposed more ...