Lord Brougham: Considered as a Lawyer

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Reprinted from the American law review, 1868 - Lawyers - 40 pages
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Page 9 - That would be a large permission indeed. Is there, gentlemen, to be a power in the people to counteract the acts of the parliament, and is the libeller to come and make the people dissatisfied with the government under which he lives? This is not to be permitted to any man...
Page 26 - Secondly, I know from experience that nothing is half so successful in these times (bad though they be) as what has been formed on the Greek models. I use a very poor instance in giving my own experience, but I do assure you that both in courts of law and Parliament, and even to mobs, I have never made so much play (to use a very modern phrase) as when I was almost translating from the Greek.
Page 27 - Such is the evidence in support of this measure, — evidence inadequate to prove a debt; impotent to deprive of a civil right; ridiculous to convict of the lowest offence; scandalous if brought forward to support a charge of the highest nature the law knows; monstrous to ruin the honor, to blast the name, of an English queen!
Page 36 - I once before took leave to remind your lordships, — which was unnecessary, but there are many whom it may be needful to remind, — that an advocate, by the sacred duty which he owes his client, knows, in the discharge of that office, but one person in the world, THAT CLIENT AND NONE OTHER. To save that client by all expedient means, — to protect that client at all hazards and costs to all others, and among others to himself, — is the highest and most unquestioned of his duties ; and he must...
Page 27 - Crown, which is in jeopardy, the Aristocracy, which is shaken; save the Altar, which must stagger from the shock that rends its kindred Throne. You have said, my Lords, you have willed, the Church and the King have willed, that the Queen should be deprived of its solemn service. She has instead of that solemnity the heartfelt prayers of the People.
Page 30 - A striking instance of this occurred on the defeat of the bill in 1820. Mr. Brougham waited upon her to announce it, and tender his congratulations. She instantly said that there was a sum of 7,000 at Mr.
Page 38 - ... given a great deal to have been acquainted with earlier in life from the experience of others. " First, that the foundation of all excellence is to be laid in early application to general knowledge is clear ; that he is already aware of; and equally so it is (of which he may not be so well aware) that professional eminence can only be attained by entering betimes into the lowest drudgery, the most repulsive labors, of the profession.
Page 26 - I again ask, my lords, is a plot ever to be discovered, except by the means of these two principles? Nay, there are instances, in which plots have been discovered, through the medium of the second principle, when the first had happened to fail. When venerable witnesses have been seen...
Page 27 - They arc just rather than merciful dispensations of that Providence, which wills not that the guilty should triumph, and which favourably protects the innocent.
Page 26 - ... two principles ; by the evidence breaking down where it was not expected to be sifted, by a weak point being found, where no pains, from not foreseeing the attack, had been made to support it.

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