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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Entering Corpus Christi College at Oxford, he won a classical scholarship, which contributed materially to the expense of his maintenance. Writing to a young friend he says : " But a little while past, INTKODTJCTION. 3.
friend he says : " But a little while past, to be a scholar of Corpus was the height of my ambition ; that summit is (thank Heaven) gained, when another and another appears still in view. In a word, I shall not rest easy till I have ...
With characteristic prudence," says his biographer, " he then resolved to practise as a special pleader below the bar, until he had laid the basis firm and wide of an enduring reputation; and, hiring chambers in Brick Court ...
It was generally supposed," says one of his contemporaries, "that Thurlow- in early life was idle; but I always found him close at study in a morning, when I have called at the Temple ; and he frequently went no farther in an evening ...
"I have beenfrequentlyassured,"says Home Tooke's biographer, " that they were accustomed to dine together, during the vacation, at a little eating-house in the neighbourhood of Chancery Lane, for the sum of sevenpence halfpenny each." .