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the names of Butler and Shepherd, together with a variety of others, who, if not chronicled in this note, are not the less honoured by the writer, who conceives that there is scarcely a class of individuals devoted to literature who are more worthy of panegyric than those persons whose meritorious labours are uniformly dedicated to expand the intellect and amend the human heart,
Vir bonus est quis ?
Who is a good man? That being who respects the ordinances of the Legislature, and is obedient to every law and moral obligation.
From culture dispelling gross ignorance dense,
From morality's rules planted deep in the breast, Where goading of turpitude ne'er was impress’d; Springs love for those writers, from whom we can
The precepts of Justice and source of all Law;
Our code void of quirks in a Blackstone is seen; From Burn's Jurisprudence staunch precepts we
glean, While our Rights from Delolme(ë) are at once
understood, “ That Freedom acquir’d by our Forefathers, blood.” Such works fundamental for aye stand enrolld, , Such names shou'd grace adamant, blazon'd in gold. As a limb of the Bar, I with honour renown'em, And exulting with circlet unfading thus crown'em. (j)
(1) It is not a little surprising to observe, that the best treatise upon the British constitution was written by the French gentleman above named; while the history of England, from whence every later writer has composed his work, has uniformly been that of Rapin de Thoyras, who also owed his birth to France, and which work, although prolix, is completely void of prejudice, and full of learned and amusing annotations.
(1) Although Sir Scribblecumdash has advanced so much in praise of this subject, I must beg leave to remark, that however good the laws themselves may be, it is far otherwise with their Limbs ; wherefore that no reader, judging from the above couplets, may be prompted to run headlong into danger, I shall trouble himn with the following statements, which having perused, “ let him then go to law with what appetite he may.”
Mr. Selwyn, a very sagacious and experienced citizen, (who was formerly a candidate for the office of chamberlain of London, and missed it only by seven votes out of 7000), used to say, that a man who deliberates about going to law should have
1. A good cause.
5. Able counsel.
6. An upright judge. 7. An intelligent jury.
8. Good luck; without which, with all the other seven, it is odds but he miscarries in his suit.
In Burton on Melancholy, p. 50, he states as follows: “He that goes to law, as the proverbe is, holds a wolfe by the eares, or, as a sheepe in a storme, runs for shelter to a brier. If he
prosecute his cause, he is consumed; if he surcease his suit, he looseth all. What difference?"
An advocate of Strasbourg being suddenly taken ill, sent for a brother lawyer to make his will, by which he bequeathed 72,000 florins to the Hospital of Idiots in that city. His