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acknowledgments are especially due for the courtesy with which the permission was conceded. For the accuracy of the facts and justice of the comments, he is alone responsible.

A third of the contents of these volumes is new, the remainder has been carefully revised, and diligence used with what success the reader must decide - to make them correct.

The number Twelve has been accidental, and not chosen from any supposed analogy which the Twelve Common-Law Judges were once supposed to bear to the Twelve Tribes, or Twelve Tables, or Twelve Cæsars. Indeed, as only six of these Judges belong to the Common-Law courts, the numbers, on Sir Edward Coke's reasoning, would be scarcely apposite.

To mention all to whom the Writer is under obligation, might savour of ostentation. The principal are named in the notes. He would be guilty of ingratitude, however, were he not to record his thanks to A. Hayward, Esq., Q.C., for many years the accomplished editor of the Law Magazine.

Temple, May 29. 1846.





An old-fashioned and righteous Judge, like Sir Leoline Jenkins. M.

Kenyon's Parentage and early History. Articled to an Attorney at
Nantwich. Wrote Poetry. Removed to Brick Court. Intense
Industry and Economy. Fellow Student with Dunning and Horne
Tooke. Ten Years unsuccessful after his Call. Married at Thirty-
nine. Acquired by dogged diligence a large chamber Practice.
Counsel for Lord George Gordon. Independent Attorney-General.
A bad Courtier. Assailed in the Rolliad. Able Master of the Rolls.
Most learned and peremptory Chief Justice. Skirmishes with Clif.
ford and Horne Tooke. Severe to Lawless. An austere Moralist and
Censor Morum. Punished Libel and Blasphemy with a heavy Hand.

Fame of an Advocate and Player equally evanescent. Wedderburn's

Youth at Edinburgh. Select Society. Poker Club-quarrel with Lock-
hart. Exchanged the Scottish for English Bar. Taught Elocution by
Sheridan and Macklin. Niched into the Rosciad. Little scrupulous
in obtaining professional Business. Douglas' Case. Admirable in
the House of Commons and versatile. Instances. Connection with
Lord Clive. Letters between them. Conforms to Ministers. Lashes
Dr. Franklin. Recommends a military Force to disperse the Rioters
of 1780. Created Chief Justice of Common Pleas, and tries the
Rioters, Judge and opposition Leader. Advises Fox on the Re-
gency Question. Negotiates with Dundas. Lord Chancellor.


Grandeur of the Law. Mr. Law's Parentage. Anecdotes of Bishop

Law. Account of young Law at School and College, by Capel Lofft

Magnanimous Chief Justice. Colonel Despard's Trial. Deportment

of Lord Ellenborough to Counsel ; to Fielding ; Alley ; Sir Charles
Wetherall; Gaselee ; to Defendants ; to Witnesses. Trial of
Lord Cochrane. Sir William Scott. Mr. Justice Johnson. Ex-
amples of Lord Ellenborough’s Wit and Sarcasm in and out of Court.
Of his Judgments. Severity in Cases of Libels to Mr. Brougham;
Mr. Adam. Trial of Sir John Carr. Uncompromising. A Master
of masculine Diction. His Diligence and Despatch. Trial of Hone.
Letters to Lord Eldon, and from the Prince Regent. Resigns Office,
and dies. His Wealth, intellectual Greatness, and Independence.



A complete Life of this Master of forensic Eloquence not yet written.

His Lineage. Educated at St. Andrew's; his Letter there. A Mid-
shipman. Letter from the West Indies. Ensign. Marriage. Studies
at Minorca. Returns to London. Enters himself at Cambridge and
Lincoln's Inn. Meets Captain Baillie. First Speech in his Defence.
Defence of Admiral Keppel ; Letters between them. Erskine's De-
fence of Lieutenant Bourne. Appeal for Lord George Gordon. The
first Year's Triumphs. Pleads for Mr. Carnan at the Bar of the

for the Dean of St. Asaph. Obtains a silk Gown. Tribute
to his Eloquence by Lord Brougham. Anecdotes of the incompar-
able Advocate by Espinasse and Dibdin. His Playfulness in Court
and at Consultation. Anecdotes of his Dog Toss, and Christie.


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