Maxwell Drewitt, a Novel Volume 1

Maxwell Drewitt, a Novel 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. 1866 edition. Excerpt: ...who were as far above the stock attorney of Irish novelists as an honest merchant is above a swindling adventurer. The worst of the respectable lawyers was that they were a little slow; the best of the disreputable lot was that they were decidedly sharp and shrewd. Drawn as a rule from the lower middle class, the latter had all the quickness of the lower orders of Irish society, all their acuteness of perception, all their rapidity of jumping to conclusions. In guerilla warfare the regular army had no chance with them; they were down on a point of law like a terrier on a rat; they had every Act of Parliament at their fingers' ends; they were perfect scourges in court; they were the terror of witnesses, the detestation of magistrates. If there were a flaw in your title, woe betide you if one of them got scent of it. They were clever, well up in law, impertincnt, impudent, vulgar; they were al ways talking about the people's rights; always for the man who had shot his landlord or his landlord's bailifl' from behind a hedge; always against the Crown; always in favour of the Roman Catholics and against the Protestants. Unless a landlord had very dirty work indeed on hand he seldomleft his family solicitor to seek advice from one of these gentlemen; and it was rarely indeed that any of them so far deserted his original flag as to serve under the enemy. In politics they were Liberals; in religion much the same. As a rule, they had been articled without the regular fee, and came into the profession by the back stairs. They were the hope of the vagabond population; they were the deliverers of many a man from the grievous terrors of the law; they fought so long as there was a rag of a chance left to them. If ever they got very...show more

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  • Paperback
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 168g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236780515
  • 9781236780515