Confessions of an Un-common Attorney

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J.M. Dent & Sons Limited, 1945 - Hertfordshire (England) - 268 pages
Essays on Hitchin and its people, based on the author's reminiscences.

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Contents

CONTENTS
1
PART ONE LIFE IN THE LAW I Old Practice and New Procedure
5
An Elizabethan Firm of Lawyers
7
HI Its Library
8
Memories of Sir Henry Hawkins
11
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12
Treasures in the Attics
13
Scandals in the Cellars
14
Legal Jargon and Attorneys Anec dotes
97
Breach of Promise
99
Stories Old and New
101
Brief for the Defence
107
Noblesse Oblige
109
Testament of an Attorney
111
PART TWO LIFE OUTSIDE THE
113
life as a man of letters I Leading the Double Life
115

Clerks and their Principals
17
The Managing Clerk and the Articled Clerk
19
Copyholds and Manor Courts
23
Cantankerous Clients
25
Godly Clients and Office Prayers
27
A Clerk in UnHoly Orders
28
Hunting for Nextofkin
31
Suicide of a Baconian
33
Queer Clients
35
The Ungentle Art of Slandering Solicitors
37
Penniless Brides and Penniless Poets
39
Wills in Wartime
45
A Word about Executors
47
Goods and Chattels
48
The Last Words of a Quaker
51
Strange Deathbed Scenes
55
The Gentle Art of Dying
57
Directions for Burial
59
Eccentric Burials
61
The Death Halloo
63
Directions for Cremation
64
The Reading of the Will
67
Coffee House Confidences
69
Searching Parish Registers
71
Of Divers Insolent Attorneys
73
Flyleaves and Marginal Notes
75
Whats in a Name?
77
Commissioners for Oaths
79
Office Postbag
81
Civil and Uncivil Letters
83
Of Correspondence in Verse
85
Of Deeds and Wills in Verse
87
United Contra dictions
89
Reflections upon the Married Estate
91
Killing no Murder
95
Hunting for Manuscripts
119
Comedy in a Convent
121
George Robey and a Carmelite Friar
123
Literary Blackmail In Re the Buckler Drawings
124
Records of the Hitchin Loyal Volunteers 18039
127
Finds in a Country Bookshop
131
Forty Letters of Sir Walter Scott
133
My Luck with Sir Henry Chauncy
135
Of a Devilishly Ugly Saint
137
Death of an Angeliclooking Sinner
141
Of Bertram Dobell Bookseller and Poet
143
Reflections on the Lot of a Man of Letters
144
have known I E E Kellett and Others
149
Cardinal Gasquet and W B Yeats
151
Gabriele dAnnunzio iS3
154
Alice Meynell
157
Darrell Figgis and W H Davies
161
G K Chesterton and H G Wells
164
Anthony Hope
169
Clifford Bax
171
Bax and his Friends 174
175
have known
176
Lawyers and Doctors
178
Dr Jenner of Baldock and Dr Wacher of Canterbury
181
Fifty Years without a Doctor
183
Sir John Mitchell Bruce and the Quakers
185
A Word about Freud
191
Dr Coue Dr Woodforde and Others
192
Hines Homely Physic Book
195
An Infallible Receipt against all Maladies
197
Good Humour
198
Dreams and Devils
199
Polite and Otherwise
201
Ghosts from my Past
203

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