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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They must learn to think their own thoughts, to form their own opinions ; valuing authority justly, but not submitting to it slavishly. " Every one," writes Thierry, the historian, " can make his own destiny, every one employ his life ...
This was no doubt the case, for at eighteen we have not learned how little we know ! From the Charterhouse he went to Cambridge, where he took his degree of M.A. His father was anxious for him to enter the Church, but he himself felt ...
She and her sister had been carefully imbued with the spirit of the ancient learning. She conducted a controversial correspondence in Greek with Bishop Jewel, whose " Apologia " she translated into English with rare fidelity.