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lawyers of our own. Of these it will be sufficient to pame Mr. Ritson, Mr. Walker, Mr. Holliday, and Mr. Hoare, a gentleman well known on the northern circuit, one of the benchers of Lincoln's Inn, and late recorder of Durham. Mr. Bradley died on the 28th December, 1788, and his remains were consigned to the tomb in the churchyard of Greatham, his native village. His incessant application to the study of his profession, while young, and his extensive business, and social qualities at a later period, never left him the disposition or the leisure to form a matrimonial union; and, thus, if he was deprived of some of the purest and most exquisite enjoyments of life, he escaped also the keen anxiety and bitter anguish which too often follow in the train of strong attachments.
"He left no heir to perpetuate his name and virtues, or inherit his ample fortune, and he had no near relatives, or none whom he valued. He had himself emerged from the obscurity of his original condition, through the means of a self-acquired education, and the force of early habits of religion; and he thought that he could not better show the sense he entertained of these benefits, than by dedicating the bulk of his property to the dissemination of moral and religious instruction. With this view, therefore, after bequeathing a few legacies, he gave the bulk of his property to trustees, in trust to “be from time to time forever applied in the purchasing of such books as, by a proper distribution of them under the following direction, may have a tendency to promote the interests of virtue and religion, and the happiness of mankind; the same to be distributed either in Great Britain, or any other part of his Majesty's dominions."
“To the surprise of every body, and of course, of none more than his relations, who were afterwards discovered with the utmost difficulty, Lord Thurlow set his will aside for uncertainty; a circumstance curious, as affording a singular illustration of a man's incapacity to transact his own business; for though Bradley had been engaged for more than half a century in the settlement and arrangement of the most complicated concerns, and in preparing instruments to carry into effect the most multifarious and conflicting purposes, he was yet unable to prepare for himself a will, having for its aim so simple an object as that he contemplated. His next of kin, who were distant relations, and had little or no intercourse with Mr. Bradley during his life, became thus possessed of his large property, and, with a zeal which can hardly be called gratitude, had the reversal of his will inscribed on the same monument which previously recorded his death, and the intended disposition of his property.'
Judges in Ordinary for Kent, and Durham and Northumberland.— Mr. Brougham's Bill. Mr. Brougham's bill for the establishment
of two new courts, one for Kent, the other for Durham and Northumberland, was introduced during the last session of parliament, and will be acted upon at the next session. The judges of these courts are proposed to be called judges in ordinary, with jurisdiction in causes of action in the nature of debt to £ 100, and in costs to £50, but not in actions where the title to real estate, or any franchise or right to toll, is in controversy. Questions may
be carried from these courts to those of Westminster Hall by a bill of exceptions, as cases are carried to the Supreme Court in Massachusetts, by exceptions to the decisions of the Common Pleas. One provision of this bill is worthy of particular attention, and we recommend it to the consideration of our legislators. We refer to the provision that the parties may, by consent, refer their case to the decision of the judge, without the intervention of the jury, but the judge may still, if he chooses, take the verdict of a jury upon any particular fact, or upon all the facts.
Answer in Chancery-New Doctrine. The London Law Magazine states a case, Stambury v. Gordon, which recently came before the vice chancellor, in which the bill charges that the defendant, Gordon, had employed the plaintiff to procure
his, the defendant's return to parliament from the borough of Tregony, and that Gordon had advanced several sums to the plaintiff, as agent in this business, for which the plaintiff had made mortgages, and the prayer is for a redemption and discovery. Gordon denies the agency, and objects to answering, on the ground that a disclosure would subject him to a criminal prosecution. The vice chancellor decided that he should answer, and said that the defendant cannot protect himself from answering, even where he
may criminate himself by the discovery. See contra Redesdale's Tr. 249; 19 Ves. 225; 1 Mer. 391; 1 Swanst. 192, 305.
Butler's Life of D’Aguesseau. It will be recollected, perhaps, by the readers of Butler’s Reminiscences, that he consulted Sir Samuel Romilly on some occasion, as to the manner of amusing himself in the country during the vacation, and Sir Samuel recommended to him to occupy himself upon a life af the celebrated Chancellor of France, D'Aguesseau. Mr. Butler, it seems, followed the suggestion, and the result is, a recently published Life of that eminent jurist.
Deaths. FREDERIC Smith, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, died of apoplexy at Reading, in that state, on Monday, 4th of October, 1830.
ABRAHAM Nort, President of Court of Appeals of South Carolina, died last spring. He had been upon the bench in different courts for twenty years; and was appointed President of the Court of Appeals in 1824, on the reorganization of the courts.
Isaac PARKER, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Massachusetts, died at Boston, the place of his residence, of apoplexy, on the 25th of July last, at the age of 63 years. Judge Parker took seat on the bench in 1805, and succeeded Judge Sewall as Chief Justice in 1814.
In our next number, we shall publish CHIEF JUSTICE Shaw's address to the Berkshire bar, giving the character and a biographical notice of Chief JUSTICE PARKER.
Appointment. Hon. LEMUEL SHAW, of Boston, was appointed CHIEF JUSTICE of the Supreme Court of Massachusetts, in August last, in the place of Chief Justice Parker, deceased.
QUARTERLY LIST OF LAW PUBLICATIONS.
AMERICAN. Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts. By Octavius Pickering. Vol. 8. Boston. Hilliard, Gray, & Co. 8vo.
Condensed Reports of Cases in the Supreme Court of the United States, containing the whole series of the Decisions of the Court from its organization to the commencement of Peters's Reports, at the January Term, 1827. Edited by Richard Peters, Esq. Vol. 2. Philadelphia. John Grigg. 8vo.
A Digest of Pickering's Reports. volumes II.–VII., being a Supplement to the Digest of the previous volumes of the Massachusetts Reports. By Lewis Bigelow. Boston. Hilliard, Gray, & Co. 8vo. pp. 339.
Reports of Cases Argued and Adjudged in the Supreme Court of the United States, January Term, 1830. By Richard Peters. Vol. IX. Philadelphia. John Grigg. 8vo.
Appendix to Vol. IX. of Dane's Abridgment of American Law. Boston. Hilliard, Gray, & Co. pp. 87.
The Carolina Law Journal. No. I. Edited by D. J. M'Cord and J. Blanding. Columbia, S.C. pp. 150.
The Journal of Law. Conducted by an Association of Members of the Bar. Philadelphia. Nos. 2, 3, 4.
The Political Class Book, intended to instruct the higher classes in Schools in the Origin, Nature, and use of Political Power. By William Sullivan, Counsellor at Law. Boston. Richardson, Lord, & Holbrook. 12mo. pp. 148.
[A particular notice of this work does not come within the plan of our journal, which is addressed to the profession. It is, however, in part, a law. book, as it contains a number of chapters on such elementary principles of law, as are adapted to the capacity of scholars in the higher classes in our schools, comprising, among other subjects, the authority by which state laws are made, a general and popular sketch of the constitution of the United States, and of the States, and of the constitution and jurisdiction of the courts; outlines of the law of nations, of war, and of property; and a view of the political capacities and duties of citizens. These are all subjects which ought to be brought into our system of popular instruction, and we are accordingly glad to see a work upon this plan. The style is pleasing, and well calculated to engage the attention of the class of readers for whom the book is designed.]
Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the Superior Court of Judicature of the State of New Hampshire, from January Term, 1827, to May Term, 1829. Vol. 4. Chester. Currier, French, & Brown. 1830. VOL. IV.-NO, VIII.
Sergeant's Constitutional Law. New Edition. Philadelphia. P. H. Nicklin & T. Johnson.
English Common Law Reports. Vol. 16. Containing Cases in eight volumes of Dowling and Ryland, not reported by Barnwell and Creswell, and Cases in 4th and 5th Moore, that have not been reported by Bingham. Philadelphia. Nicklin & Johnson. In press in July.
Day's Connecticut Reports. Vol. I. Second Edition, with notes and references. Philadelphia. Nicklin & Johnson. In press in July.
Notes on Practice, exhibiting a View of the Proceedings in Civil Actions, in the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania and in the District Court and Court of Common Pleas for the city and county of Philadelphia. By Francis J. Troubat and William W. Haly. Price, in calf, $ 4, in sheep, $3 50. Philadelphia : Towar, & J. & D. M. Hogan. Pittsburgh: Hogan & Co.
The Form Book, containing nearly three hundred of the most approved Precedents for Conveyance, Arbitration, Bills of Exchange, Promissory Notes, Receipts for Money, Letters of Attorney, Bonds, Copartnerships, Leases, Petitions, and Wills. By a Member of the Bar of Philadelphia. I vol. 8vo.
ENGLISH REPUBLISHED. A Practical Treatise on the Law of Partnership, by Niel Gow, Esq. 2d American from 2d London Edition, with Notes and References to American Cases.
A Companion to Blackstone. A History of English Law, or an attempt to trace the Rise, Progress, and Successive Changes of the Common Law, from the earliest period to the present time. By George Crabb, Esq. of the Inner Temple, Barrister at Law. Republished by William Jackson, New York.
Judicial Letters addressed to the Rt. Hon. Sir Robert Peel, in reference to the present crisis of Law Reform.
Cresswell's Insolvent Reports, part III,
Sir John Bayley on Bills of Exchange, &c. 5th Edition, Edited by Francis Bayley.
Russell's Reports in Chancery. Vol. III. part III.
Part II., of Crown Cases reserved for Consideration, and Decided by the Twelve Judges of England, from July, 1825, to Easter Term, 1830, inclusive. By Edward Ryan and Wm. Moody, Esqrs. Barristers at Law.
An Analytical Digest of the Reports of Cases decided in the year 1828, in the Courts of King's Bench, Common Pleas, and