The Judges of England: With Sketches of Their Lives, and Miscellaneous Notices Connected with the Courts at Westminster, from the Time of the Conquest, Volume 7

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Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, 1864 - Courts
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Page 74 - Bartering his venal wit for sums of gold, He cast himself into the saint-like mould ; Groan'd, sigh'd, and pray'd, while godliness was gain, The loudest bagpipe of the squeaking train.
Page 67 - It is a nest of wasps, or swarm of vermin which have overcrept the land. I mean the Monopolies and Pollers of the people : these, like the Frogs of Egypt, have gotten possession of our dwellings, and we have scarce a room free from them. They sup in our cup.
Page 161 - ... got a board knocked up at a window on the top of a staircase; and that was his desk where he sat and wrote after copies of court and other hands the clerks gave him. He made himself so expert a writer that he took in business and earned some pence by hackney-writing. And thus by degrees he pushed his faculties and fell to forms, and, by books that were lent him, became an exquisite entering clerk; and by the same course of improvement of himself, an able counsel first in special pleading then...
Page 111 - ... that if the King could have found out an honester and fitter man for that employment, he would not have advanced him to it; and that he had therefore preferred him, because he knew none that deserved it so well.
Page 238 - When he was in temper, and matters indifferent came before him, he became his seat of justice better than any other I ever saw in his place.
Page 369 - On a question whether a devisee in fee could disclaim the estate devised, he said that " a man cannot have an estate put into him in spite of his teeth." He died on April 6, 1691, at Ipswich, and was buried in the church of St. Nicholas there. By his wife Margaret, daughter and co-heiress of Henry Whiting, Esq., of Coggeshall in Essex, who survived him, he left several children, one of whom held the post of master of the King's Bench. Some members of the original stock still survive, and to the kind...
Page 79 - With public zeal to cancel private crimes. How safe is treason and how sacred ill, Where none can sin against the...
Page 34 - Powys, the junior of the batch, a day or two after their creation, he said " that he had something to say to him, viz. That the rings which he and the rest of the serjeants had given weighed but eighteen shillings a piece ; whereas Fortescue, in his Book De Laudibus Legum Angliae says, ' The rings given to the chief justice and to the chief baron ought to weigh twenty shillings...
Page 77 - Henry Viscount Cornbury, who was called up to the House of Peers by the title of Lord Hyde, in the lifetime of his father, Henry Earl of Rochester, by a codicil to his will, dated Aug.
Page 183 - But when they came to straights and interruptions, for want of gravity in the beasts, and too much in the riders, there happened some curvetting, which made no little disorder. Judge Twisden, to his great affright and the consternation of his grave brethren, was laid along in the dirt : but all, at length, arrived safe, without loss of life or limb in the service. This accident was enough to divert the like frolic for the future, and the very next term after, tney fell to their coaches as before.

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