Westminster Hall: Or, Professional Relics and Anecdotes of the Bar, Bench, and Woolsack

J. Knight & H. Lacey, 1825

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第 112 頁 - King said that he thought the law was founded upon reason, and that he and others had reason as well as the Judges. To which it was answered by me, that true it was that God had endowed his Majesty with excellent science and great endowments of nature, but his Majesty was not learned in the laws of his realm of England ; and causes which concern the life or inheritance or goods or fortunes of his subjects are not to be decided by natural reason but by the artificial reason and judgment of...
第 156 頁 - Selden was a person whom no character can flatter, or transmit in any expressions equal to his merit and virtue. He was of so stupendous learning in all kinds and in all languages, (as may appear in his excellent and transcendent writings,) that a man would have thought he had been entirely conversant amongst books, and had never spent an hour but in reading and writing...
第 40 頁 - Of these the false Achitophel was first, A name to all succeeding ages curst : For close designs and crooked counsels fit, Sagacious, bold, and turbulent of wit...
第 40 頁 - With public zeal to cancel private crimes: How safe is treason and how sacred ill, Where none can sin against the people's will ! Where crowds can wink, and no offence be known, Since in another's guilt they find their own.
第 10 頁 - I say no more, but that, to give every man his due, had it not been for Sir Edward Coke's Reports, (which though they may have errors, and some peremptory and extrajudicial resolutions more than are warranted ; yet they contain infinite good decisions, and rulings over of cases,) the law, by this time, had been almost like a ship without ballast ; for that the cases of modern experience are fled from those that are adjudged and ruled in former time.
第 256 頁 - Wherever he was judge, he never forgot that he was also counsel. The criminal before him was always sure he stood before his country, and, in a sort, a parent of it : the prisoner knew, that though his spirit was broken with guilt, and incapable of language to defend itself, all would be gathered from him which could conduce to his safety ; and that his judge would wrest no law to destroy him, nor conceal any that could save him.
第 257 頁 - That certainly would Verus. I have seen an old trial where he sat Judge on two of them; one was called Tricktrack, the other Tear-shift : one was a learned judge of sharpers; the other the quickest of all men at finding out a wench. Trick-track never spared a pickpocket, but was a companion to cheats; Tear-shift would make compliments to wenches of quality, but certainly commit poor ones.
第 53 頁 - Country dances began at ten, and at twelve a very fine collation was provided for the whole company, from which they returned to dancing, which they continued as long as they pleased, and the whole day's entertainment was generally thought to be very genteelly and liberally conducted. The Prince of Wales honoured the performance with his company part of the time ; he came into the music incog. about the middle of the play, and went away as soon as the farce of ' walking round the coal fire
第 156 頁 - ... his humanity, courtesy, and affability was such, that he would have been thought to have been bred in the best courts, but that his good nature, charity, and delight in doing good, and in communicating all he knew, exceeded that breeding.
第 136 頁 - Middlesex : and that was by virtue of his privilege, which supposes a serjeant is attendant on the court of Common Pleas and not to be drawn from the county where the court sat. And then in the next place, he charged the words in Latin, that, if he proved the effect, it would be sufficient ; whereas, being in English, they must prove the very words to a tittle ; and those were a long story that used to be told of Mr.