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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friends of his could best make their way at the bar, the great ex-Chancellor replied, "I have no rule to give them, but that they must make up their minds to live like a hermit, and work like a horse." He spoke from his own experience.
A shrewd observer, Sir Thomas Fowell Buxton, writes : — " The longer I live, the more I am certain that the great difference between men, between the feeble and the powerful, the great and the insignificant, is energy, ...
He had to think how to live, instead of living but to think." At first he solicited some public office ; and, as the son of the late lord-keeper and a nephew of Lord Burleigh, might reasonably have hoped for success.
... by recompiling your laws, which I perceive your Majesty laboured with, and hath in your head, as Jupiter had Pallas, or some other the like work, for without some endeavour to do you honour I would not live, than to spend my wits ...
And because, whether I live or die, I would be glad to preserve my honour and fame as far as I am worthy. Hearing that some complaints of base bribery are come before your Lordships, my requests unto your Lordships are : — "First, ...