Law and Lawyers; Or, Sketches an Illustrations of Legal History and Biography Volume 1

Law and Lawyers; Or, Sketches an Illustrations of Legal History and Biography Volume 1

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1840 edition. Excerpt: ...the tenant is entitled to a certain quantity of wood, which is called house-bote or fire-bote. for the plaintiff, in cross-examining a witness, " that you went on the land for the express purpose of cutting wood?" "Yes, your worship." And what was the size of the wood?" "Small twigs and switches, your honour." "What--twigs and switches--and pray, sir, what right had you to cut these small twigs and switches?" "Oh, sir, I cut them for botes." "Boats, indeed, why they could hardly have been big enough for walking switches." Some of our ablest lawyers have made sad Failures, when, in addressing a jury they have attempted to interest the feelings, or to appeal to the sympathies. Those who, in the process of acquiring profound knowledge, have sequestered themselves from the world, and to whom its ways and opinions have become less familiar than the pages of the reports, or the statutes at large, find themselves at a disadvantage, when that knowledge is required at their hands which reading never has given and never can give; and that tact is demanded which unceasing conversance with men alone can confer. A learned serjeant in former times, who was originally bred an apothecary and accoucheur, determined to change his profession, and applied himself to the study of the law. In due time he acquired a respectable practice, and an extensive reputation as a lawyer though his oratorical achievements were by no means remarkable. When Murphy, the dramatist, went the home circuit, he had the curiosity to take down a speech of this learned serjeant, which consisted of little else than repetitions of " Gemmen of the jury," This speech he afterwards showed to Lord Chief Baron...show more

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  • Paperback | 92 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 181g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236992709
  • 9781236992703