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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His natural powers, however, were so great that he contrived in his occasional intervals of study to gain a considerable know- ledge of the classics; ...
... go through that experience of rigid economy which seems so often to strengthen the character and develop all that is best in a young man's nature.
But in choosing a pursuit it is surely necessary that the natural instinct ... nature. In his time a student intended for the common-law courts was expected ...
... command Time, nature's stock ! and could his hour-glass fall, Would, as for seed of stars, stoop for the sand, And by incessant labour gather all.
It, was natural they should shrink from wounding or offending her. With Bacon, moreover, another motive was powerful. His strong and active mind teemed with ...