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Hs 29 is polazerity atrages; be seedore being rentable, bot bis omnirnate komudge rede zedenised calculcedD Lize dereeds as impiin 2000 Son this part of the Judge's ezze, it tot. Bart. Ee vs the roccet met not be inpupu to relaze it. Eogit Juge ever Tono:ed to isat Mr Erkine pot a goeiboo to the rank; a c, monitz Oig und to the Jury, relai.re to be reading of their Ce iary of kroaladze ar d ejo pesce verde; Mr Jatce Boler otected musuy due te ccrdered as one to its propriety. The code reiteror its caith a rects
zed Lis que jos, zod perfifted is de. M: juftice Bullet, if we coafder macd:rg ac ant wer; tbe Jodge again the trats by wbich fris judicial con. interpoled his authority is see en. dua bis been for ba'y marked, seems phatic words: “ Sit down, Mr to poffefs the greuelt indexitily of “ E-fkine; koow your duty, or I seotiment and opinion. Like Holt, “ thall be obliged to make you know he is too tarch and too lyfrenatic a “ it.”— M Elise, with egal lawyer to fufter the ft XD and warmth replied: “I know us dary general principles of law to pise « as well as your Lorditip krows way, in any ittance, to the mider "grar duty. I fand bere as the jnferences of tuity. I cannot, how- " adrecate of a fellow-citizer, aod I ever, be deard or corcealed, that “ will not fit down.." The Judge was the calmness of his temser ard the filent, and the Adrocate perfitted in deliberate firmness of his coniic, las tuis question. not in every intance kepi pace with Who was legally right, is cot is.
the inflexibility of his judgment, and tended to be here difcuffld; Esce • tenacious adhererce to general max. this book treats of the characters of
ims. A atriking proof of this was judges, not of the maxims of law. exhibited at the famous trial of the But it must readily be a lowed, that Dean of St Alaph, when, after pula. to proceed to threats, which either be ing his opposition to Mr Erkide, even could cot, or be was not inclined to to threat and commands, te yet suf- carry into execution, vas, in some fered him to let his authority at open respect, derogatory from that dignity deviance, and proceed io the imerro. which the representative of majefty gation, to which he had lo strepously and justice ought carefully to sustain. objected.
Charalier of the Honcurable Sir John Scott, Knight, His Majesty's Solicitar
Pleafert without scurrility-witty without affectation-audacious without impedence-and learned without opinion.
• SHAKESPEARE's Love's Labour LA.
SHAKESPEARE's Measure for Meafure
TT would be a curious, and by no view the revolutions of taste in the I means a useiess gratification, to re- different periods of English hittory, and observe the very dissimilar means main almost the only avenue to which varied manners hold out to the wealth and fame, may be a matter of aspiring and ambitious in the career of great speculative curiosity to the phifame. The fame path that is ob- losophical observer ; but not being di. structed in one age by endless difficul. rectly pertinent to the subject before us, ties, is opened by the flattering hand it must pass us undiscussed, while we of invitation and incitement, in ano- proceed to narrate what we know, or ther.
and S Lor! Marsfield. • Sec his chare to she jury in Dónnellan's case, and his memorable opinion, of the right of th: Eifbad over the wife, to the excrcisc of the thumb-fick.
from the fame.
have been able to obtain, respecting Monkish habits were, in other times, Sir John Scott, from the stricteft enà prelude to the Statesman's robes. quiry. -Honours and emoluments were on Sir John Scort is the son of a rely lavished upon churchmen, and those spectable tradelinan in Newcastle. of minds enslaved by the grofs bigot. His elder brother Sir William Scott, ry of monastic life. Every depart- was bred up in the civil law courts, ment of State was priest-ridden ; the and is at this time a Doctor of Laws, helm of England has been conducted and his Majesty's Advocate General, by the tyrannic hand of a butcher's and will, in all probability, rise to the fon! under the sanction of these trap- higheit honours in the ecclesiastical pings.
court. Sir John, then Mr Scott, was To this succeeded a more liberal admitted a student of the Middle age. Elegance and refinement were Temple of Hillary Term, 1772; seen, like the great luminary of the and aster studying with much applicaworld, emerging from a cloud, and tion, keeping his terms regularly, and bursting through the gloom of Monk- attending the court of chancery with ish ignorance. Polite and speculative great asliduity during the usual season literature succeeded the dolljargon of of probation, was called to the Bar in the schools ; and poets and philofo- Hillary Term 1776. phers were called to occupy the first He devoted his attention principal. omces of state.
ly to the practice of the courts of equi· A succeeding revolution dethroned ty. Indeed, for several years after the Muses, to make way for the men bis call to the bar, with a simility naof law. The prelent may fairly be de- tural to his character, he shuoned, as nominated the Age of Lawyers.- much as possible, appearing even at the Formerly men were whelmed in the chancery bar as a pleader ; confining vaffelage of priest-hood.-Priets were himself almost entirely to the business in those times a kind of folicitors in of a draughtsman, in which he was rethe chancery of heaven, invested, how- puted extremely able, and in which ever, with all its plenitude of power on he had valt practice. earth. Lawyers are now, what priests Many have forced themselves, in were then; and the tribute paid to this profession, into public notice, by them, is as great as superstition once the resolute and persevering industry rendered to the church.
the strength of their contlitutions have Men of this profession, without birth, enabled them to support; and not a family, connections, or wealth, are few have succeeded by means of ibat daily raising themselves to the highest forid energy of character, distinguishdignities of State ; and the character, ed by the word asurance; but Sir now under consideration, will pro. John Scott is a fingular instance, bably live to be decorated with a com- where the source of advancement in million, that will give hiin precedence life is to be traced to great natural over every Lay Subj-ct of the king- modelty and feebleness of constitution, dom. How long the law may poffels which is too apt to operate as a check this great fuperiority, and the bar re- upon young ambition's wing; and is Vol. XII. No. 72. 3 F
very rarely, indeed, proactive of ad. tbe junior coco , ard the arguments
20:2845 in the 10:d to fade and .07- adranceco ine opachte fije. tus-, S.ch was, Ewwever, the care He is also pa riccia:ls ditagtiisin itse pitfest iodance; ' Soci, ed for tis -potide and ingeccity in Eng his beato unequal to coofice- rely. moi, ad ine fefertary jize of a His frienatic mird feers to me. draugaiss, media ed a chanze in tho-izo, win increceivable rapidity, bis un of ise; acciig solare tre cogenca:s of tis copascris. la to bis feelings, ?ohe neare: fath the stort pace of time between the to fume by the rol of elogue ce. plati so: ris adseries, and h's re
Thea ico.pt succeeded jar beyond pls, crery thing seems diz dard His own bo;es, or the expectatives of difpoled, and his mnie of ren catica his fiieris.
seems piarned in the piceat odtr.· As a fracghofnar., M. Scottadal. Fe will requestry ule up the conways diriguihei hi: felt by the clodira arguneni cf Lis Car CTEDT, or, deat ifs and accuracy of his p:o. In at oiicr times, seize uşonlume obierhis biils, in his aufwers, in his con- vaiion, which had fails in :beadverse veyances, every th:59 secmcd anarg. speech. Here he will begia his at. ed in the most correct and orderly tack; and proceding ty lis vfual manner, and exprefid in the ota:eft clear and delibera'e mehed, perine a doo appropriat: lagguage, which one reuiar chain frea oping, ti!! he the formal jargon of the law would ad. has curfured, or at leait repiid 10, mit : and n'w, as a chancery advo- every proposition advanced agaiatt cate, the faine ing nuity, precision, and him. clearness, dilinguish all his pleadings. Mr Scott is little known out of the
His fpeaking, is of that subtle, cormctropolis, or in it, but as a chancery Icet, and deliberare kind, that has pleader.—The subtlety of his metamore the ap'ı arance of written than physical reasoning are admirably a. of ora' el quince. He branches fonih davted in the practice of this court. his arzun.en's into different leads and There are certain characters, who, divisions; and pursuss the re'pective from being themselves remarkably oparts through all :he'r various ramifi. verbearing and assuming, are particu. cations, with such methodic) accu- larly plealed in others with that mo. racy, that argument ferms to rile out desty and diffidence, which gire them of argument, and conclufion from con- do trouble by painful oppoficion, or clusion, in the most regular and natur- assuming the appearance of competial progresion; so that those who are tiori, by a resolute adherence to lifenot acquaint d with his practice, ment and disputation. It is therefore would suspect that he had studied and probable, and a variety of instances prepared his speeches with the most support the fuppofition, ibat potwi:hdiligent attention; while others, who standing Mr Scoti's acknowledged are better acquainted with the busin talents, he owes his success, in a great ricís of the courts, feel their admira. measure, 10 that urbanity of maaners tion and surprise incitasid, from the and diffidence, which has avoided, as know ledge that a man of bis extensive much as posible, all oppofirion with business, fo far from ludying what he the bench.—Be this as it may, the Thall say, can scarce find time to glance present chancellor took very early no. his cye over the numerous papers that rice of him, aprI gave him his counte. come before him, but must catch his nance in practice, in a way extremely knowledge of the cause, not so much unusual with him. from his brief, as from the opening of One time, in particular, wbile Mr
Scott was yet but rising into notice, In the commencement of his carrer, the chansor having been par icuiar as a political character, and a Parlia. ly pleased with his pleading, and hav- men ary speakor, we mu.t refer to the ing paid him the m ft marked atten- date of Mr Fox's cclebr ied India tion during all the time he was speak- Bill; and upon this occasion it must ins, defi:ed, at the breaking up of the be ob'erved, tisut he seems to have court, to speak with him in private : foregone the wonte t modeity o: his --- however embarrassed with the unex- character, by putting himself not only pect d honorır, he instantly obey-d the in opposition to Lee, the then AtturTunmons, and they retirect together. ney General, a man of ackouksed The chancelior cuigraduated him on abilities, but against the British Dehis ribing merit, and offered him the mosthenes, the champio. of patrios then vacant mattership in chanc: ry ; at tism. the same obser: ing, that he did not what were the specious pr: texts on press his acceptance, fince, in all pro. which this Bill was pped, vhat bability, he might in time do better. was the nitur. of Mr S oti's argu
The offic. of ivailer in chan ery is ments, and what : he fate of .h. bill looked up in, by the prof sfors of the itself, are topics unneceffary to be here la w, as a kind of bonital for invalids, enlarged upon. How yer unp opitius where those, whom onnections, or ap- this event might be to the interest and plication, have reared to a certain welfare of ih s country, it was very rank, fomerimes find a calm and idle far from having a ny ill effects on the retreat for life, with a comfirtable fti. fortune of Mr Scott. pend, and good accommodation; but Eminence in our courts, is a fire from whence they are fildo call.d conductor to the path of prouot:07; again into more distinguished scenes of bit ir gres no further, of itself, :han to action, that lead to the high offices of the time hold of pref rment; a crain State. But Mr Scout (tho' as we have piabiliy and elasticity of principle, obferved before, much of a valeudina- which can wind thro' the mazes of porian in constitution), probably f.cling litical intrigue, and a facility of laphimself ratherenc: uraged by this con- ing opsions to the fashion of the times, vertation, to pursue the arducus path are essen ia! rcquifi'e for morducting of f-me, than io rep se himself in this him to the goal. In these respects, to obí uri retrcat, politely declined the speak plainly, lawyers are seldom de.. offer, and wisely trusted to his fortune ficieat ; their habi's of repr fenurg and industry for the attainment of fill whichever lide they f ed upon, as that, higher honours.
wach truth and found rason support, How much this anecdote must have naturally leads them, in time, to concontributed to raise the young pleader fider truth and reason as only to be in the opin ono: the profession, may be found on the side of interest. From easily imagined. Certain it is, Mr this temper of mind, perhaps many of Scott had a greater run of business those rapid advancements to power than any counsel at the bar.
aud opulence, which bave distinguishIn 1783, a patent' of precedency ed the barristers of the present century was granted him, by which he became may be accounted for ; and perhaps entitled to all the honours and advan- even the forcible reasoning, and corre&t tages of the Silk Gown, and raoked dietin of Sir John Scott, might not with the king's coursel.
as readily have smootied for him, the Mr Scott was soon after introduced road to his present hoaours, had oot into Parliament, having been returned his principk: led him fo rcadily, and for the borough of Webly in Here- so zealously, to chote the senim nts ford
of those, it had already been determin3 F2
ed ed should be advanced to adminiftra. Among the other patriotic measures tion, and who held the reins of pow. of Mr Pirt's administration, to the hoer at the dissolution of the last Parlia. nour of which Sir John Secti may jutt. men:. .
iy, in part, lay claim, we must noi fusSiace the change produced by the get, that in him originated the legal measure above ftatci, no material al- doćirines and lubrieties of the regency tera ions have taken place in cabinet Bill. arrangements, and Sir Jobo Scott bas As a Parliamentary Speaker, Sir hitherto perleverd in a uniormity of John Scoti's merit, is very inferior to cond.ct. In tie year 1788, he dii his professional abili'y as a pleader.tinguished h mseif as hi illuitrio is fa- The rechnical modes of speech, and ther of he D. claratory Bil'; an ex- the formalized habits of the courts, atplanatory act, of which it may be laid, tach him so strongly upon all occaas it has of many commentaries upon fiuns, that he can never hope to charm Hou er, that it pointed our meanings a popular aferbly, os command the and inter pictations in.venica long after applause of fenatcs. He wants the the on ipal was dige: ieci, dlid gave the warnith and animation, the bold decla. authors of the performance it pre end- maiory vehemence, that distinguish the ed 10 cluicate, the honour (fucs as seratorial rom ibe forensic orator, it was) finiven ious, about which, at Sir John Scott always begins in the the im. it as composed th y were House of Commons with a low and not bold enough to think, even in their en barrassed tremulation of voice, wilgelt dreams,
which fubfdes very gradual y, and The confcquences of this ex raor- sometimes not at all. He is always dinary mealure, were as advantageous fhrewd, clcar and sensible, but very to Mr Scot, as the bill itself was a- seldom energètic and impreflive-nelarming to the friends of liburty. The ver animated. lattır, it is truc, were left to mourn, Ais a private character, Sir John in aftovifument, the Security with which Scut is perfectly the gentleman : ealy, mcafiris night be introduced by slow, polite, and affable ; reither assuming Jesuitical and nefarious means, that among his friends, d ficult of access, wual have instantly died in the luftre or fastidiously reserved to ftrang ts. of open day.
With the manners, he also blends the Thele were services that never go exierior of the gentleman, unrewarded. In 1788, Mr Scout was knighed, and made Solicitor Gene. ral,
Charafier of Mr Anstruther.*
Adfciflet nova, quæ Genitor produxerit us:
THE multifarious Biographer is, in painter. The meie catching the fome particulars, not unlike the identity of striking features, is to both
almoft * From the fame,