Excerpt from The Life and Career of Henry, Lord Brougham: With Extracts From His Speeches, and Notices of His Contemporaries
The Ancestry of Lord Brougham - Romantic Story of his Father's Marriage - Brougham's Birth - Contrast between the Epoch of his Birth and the Present Times.
Lord brougham started in life the inheritor of no noble title, and with no further advantages than the not inconsiderable benefit of occupying the position of the eldest son of a country squire, possessing not more than average wealth and acres. He came into the world, however, with what seems a tolerably authentic pedigree, which carries us much farther into the past than the genealogical trees of nine-tenths of the peers and ancient county families of England. That the subject of our memoir attached some importance to and took some pride in his possession of ancient and accredited gentle blood, is obvious from the fact that when his forensic achievements and political merits were rewarded with the Lord High Chancellorship of England, he skated. RR R.
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