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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Primarily this work is intended for the young, and every page, it is believed, bristles with examples and encouragements or warnings, which, if duly heeded, will assist them not a little in the battle of life. But the author hopes that ...
I have often wondered that writers for the young, when seeking examples by which to stimulate their ardour and sustain their hopes, have not sought them more frequently and freely in the honourable profession of the law ; for in no ...
3STo good work will be done by young men who accustom themselves to lean upon others, who are always finding new leaders, and professing themselves disciples of new Gamaliels. They must learn to think their own thoughts, to form their ...
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.
... a promotion acknowledged by all to be but the due reward of his merits as a scholar, a gentleman, a lawyer, and a judge. When Wilberforce asked Lord Eldon how two young friends of his could best make their way at the 6 INTRODUCTION.