The Lives of the Right Hon. Francis North, Baron Guilford, Lord Keeper of the Great Seal, Under King Charles II and King James II.: The Hon. Sir Dudley North, Commissioner of the Customs, and Afterwards of the Treasury, to King Charles II. And the Hon. and Rev. Dr. John North, Master of Trinity College, Cambridge, and Clerk of the Closet to King Charles II.

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H. Colburn, 1826
 

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Strana 36 - He appeared very ambitious to learn to write ; and one of the attorneys got a board knocked up at a window on the top of a stair-case ; and that was his desk, where he sat and wrote after copies of court and other hands the clerks gave him. He made himself so expert a writer that he took in business, and earned some pence by hackney-writing. And thus by degrees he pushed his faculties, and fell to forms, and, by books that were lent him, became an exquisite entering clerk...
Strana 25 - No one that had any expectations from him was safe from his public contempt and derision which some of his minions at the bar bitterly felt. Those above or that could hurt or benefit him, and none else, might depend on fair quarter at his hands. When he was in temper and matters indifferent came before him, he became his seat of justice better than any other I ever saw in his place. He took a pleasure in mortifying fraudulent attorneys and would deal forth his severities with a sort of majesty. He...
Strana 48 - Jotham of piercing wit and pregnant thought, Endued by nature and by learning taught To move assemblies...
Strana 26 - ... left undone ; and spent in the Chancery Court what time he thought fit to spare. Many times on days of causes at his house, the company have waited five hours in a morning, and after eleven he hath come out inflamed and staring like one distracted. And that visage he put on when he animadverted on such as he took offence at, which made him a terror to real offenders ; whom also he terrified, with his face and voice, as if the thunder of the day of judgment broke over their heads; and nothing...
Strana 28 - I have heard much of that monster, but never saw one. Come forth, Mr. Trimmer, turn you round, and let us see your shape :" and, at that rate, talked so long that the poor fellow was ready to drop under him ; but, at last, the bill was dismissed VOL. II. D with costs, and he went his way. In the hall, one of his friends asked him how he came off?
Strana 287 - had a strange bent to traffic and, while he was at school, drove a subtle trade among the boys by buying and selling. In short, it was considered that he had learning enough for a merchant but not phlegm enough for any sedentary profession.
Strana 95 - Trimmer ' signifieth no more than this, that if men are together in a boat, and one part of the company would weigh it down on one side, another would make it lean as much to the contrary ; it happeneth there is a third opinion of those who conceive it would do as well if the boat went even, without endangering the passengers.
Strana 216 - ... fell ; and that he gave to his brother for a practising chamber, and took in lieu only that which he had used for his studies. When his lordship was chief justice, he gave him the countenance of practising under him at...
Strana 6 - I must say behaved himself more like a jack-pudding, than with that gravity which beseems a judge : he was mighty witty upon the prisoners at the bar ; he was very full of his jokes upon people that came to give evidence, not suffering them to declare what they had to say in their own way and method, but would interrupt them, because they behaved themselves with more gravity than he ; and in truth, the people were strangely perplexed when they were to give in their evidence...
Strana 39 - He put off officious talk of government or politics with jests, and so made his wit a catholicon, or shield, to cover all his weak places and infirmities. When the court fell into a steady course of using the law against all kinds of offenders, this man was taken into the king's business...

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