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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He was wont to say that, while holding this dignified position, he felt himself of much more importance than when he rose to be Chief- Justice of England and a Cabinet Minister. This was no doubt the case, for at eighteen we have not ...
Queen Elizabeth, who, in allusion to the precocious 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 ...
debates in his capacity of reformer, attacking the excessive expenditure, and protesting against the subsidy demanded by the queen's ministers. He asked, in reference to it, that three questions might be answered : — - " The first, ...
... lie fresh and waste, and not improved and converted by human industry ; to the end that such a plot, made and recorded to memory, may both minister light to any public designation and also serve to stimulate voluntary effort.
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