Legal Facetiae; Satirical and Humorous

Legal Facetiae; Satirical and Humorous

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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. 1887 edition. Excerpt: ...excuse was, "How can I help it, judge, when I have such an almighty bad toothache! " THE RISE OF ADVOCATES.--As soon as the Roman Emperors deprived the people of the right of choosing their magistrates, and of giving their sulifrages in trials and public deliberations, patrons and clients became mutually use less, in fact subsisted no longer. Individuals having no patrons to defend their causes, entrusted them to those citizens whom they judged best versed in laws. In consequence, eloquence became a source of mean avidity and sordid lucre. Juvenal in his seventh satire ridicules the lawyers of his time, who affected to appear in litters, dressed magnificently, and with a great train, and who carried their ostentation so far as to wear gems of great value on their fingers in the forum, that they might be considered as extremely rich, and make their employers pay the dearer for their service. " PURPURA VENDIT CAUSIDICUM, VENDUNT AMETHYSTINA."--' Nor can I wonder at such tricks as these, The purple garments raise the lawyer's fees, And sell him dearer to the tool that buys, High pomp and state are useful properties, The luxury of Rome will know no end; For still the less we have the more we spend; Trust eloquence to show our parts and breeding! Not Tully now could get ten groats by pleading, Unless the diamond glitter'd on his hand: Wealth's large equipage, and loud expense, The prince of orators would scarce speak sense. Paulus, who with magnificence did plead, Grew rich, whilst letter'd Gallus begg'd his bread; Who to poor Basilus his cause would trust, Tho' ne'er so full of pity, ne'er so just? His clients, unregarded, claim their due, For eloquence in rags was never...show more

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  • Paperback | 168 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 9mm | 313g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236940121
  • 9781236940124