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 value of patience and perseverance, of the resolute will, the fixed purpose, the steadfast adherence to principle. ... in the law," and his knowledge of thq higher principles of the law helped him largely in, his public career.
... and precedents rather than principles. After duly submitting to this drudgery for the conventional period, he began his independent career as " special pleader under the bar," and in this vocation met with very considerable success.
... must be convinced that these were not the mere result of laboriously getting up a title of law pro re natd, but that his mind was thoroughly familiar with the principles of jurisprudence, and that he had made himself complete master ...
... the grave lawyer- philosopher inscribed a composition of noble eloquence, entitled, "Advice to Sir George Villiers," indicating the whole course of duty of an English statesman, and laying down the true principles of government.
Such a system was obviously open to abuse; but Bacon, a profuse man, with no apparent power of regulating bis expenditure by economical principles, made no attempt to reform it. He took presents from suitors, as probably his ...