Advice on the Study and Practice of the Law: With Directions for the Choice of Books : Addressed to Attorneys' Clerks
Wright, William. Advice on the Study and Practice of the Law: With Directions for the Choice of Books. Addressed to Attorneys' Clerks. London: Printed for Charles Hunter, 1824. x, 248 pp. Reprinted 2003 by The Lawbook Exchange, Ltd. LCCN 2003053955. ISBN 1-58477-370-7. Cloth. $95. * Reprint of the third edition, enlarged. This book was written in the spirit of earlier guides by Fulbeck, Doderidge and Philips, but with a particular emphasis on the needs of clerks. It addresses a clerk's duties, the relationship between clerks and attorneys, ways to work more effectively and other practical matters. Wright is also interested in the clerk's intellectual development. To this end he recommends a rich curriculum of jurisprudential, political, historical and literary works and encourages the study of old court hands and Latin. Like his predecessors, Wright dispenses a good deal of moral advice as well. Equally fascinating and charming, this treatise offers a rich perspective on English clerks during the age of Austen, Dickens and Trollope.
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