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Character of Sir John Scott very rare, indeed, practice of ad. the junior cocolul, and the argumects 52022845 in the roud to be and !c:- advanced in the oppctite fije.

S.ch was, Ewever, the care He is atlo pa ticularly ditagtiin io te piefist tance; i S:ori, ed for his ritude and ingecuity in fatg his health unequal to confire- rely. mci, and the selectary jize of a His filematic misd feers to me. d-auguin, mediad a chanze in tho-iz?, win inceceirable rapidity, bis un of lie; and cirz volare the agencnss of his poctis.

lo to his feelings, for the neares path the sont pace of tire between the to fine by the rol of e'ogue ce. plati solis adseria y, and h's re

Thea 20. p fucceeded iar beyond is, csery thing seem dized and Lis own bo;es, or the expeciarisms of disposed, and his mode of ren cacica his fieras.

seems pierced in the oicest o-dir.As a trasghmar, i Scottadal. Ee will frequently use up the conways dit uite1 hi fel by the ciudira argent if Lis cocot, , peat ifs and accuracy of his p:a. In at otier tires, seize upon come obie:his biils, in his answers, in his con- varion, which had faili in :be adverse veyances, every thing seemed anarg. speech. Here he will begia bis at. ed in the most correct and orderly taik; and proceding by Liis oival manner, and expreff d in the rta:eft clear and ddiberare meihed, portue a d not appropriate lagguage, which one te ular chain if rea'oping, t!! he the formal jargon of the law would ad- has curfured, or at leait repicd 10, mit : and n'w, as a chancery advo. every proposition advanced agaiatt cate, the fauneinganuity, prccifion, and him. clearnefs, dilingu íh ail his pleadings. Mr Scott is little known out of the

His fpicak ng, is of that subule, cor- metrupolis, or in it, bat as a chancery red, and delibera'e kind, that has pleader.—The subtlety of his meiamore the apprarance of written than physical reasozings are admirably a. of ora' el quince. Hic branches forih dapted in the practice of this court. his argun.en's into different head, and There are certain characters, who, divisions; and pursuss the reflective from being themselves remarkably oparts through all :he'r various ramifi. verbearing and assuming, are particucations with such methodlic-I accu. larly plealed in others with that mo. racy, argument fems to rile out desty and diffidence, which gira theo of a gument, and conclufion from con- no trouble by painful oppoficion, or clufion, in the most regulır and natur- assuming the appearance of competial progression; fo that those who are tior, by a resolute adherence to aicunot 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 supposition, that notwi:h. diligent attention; while others, who standing Mr Scott's acknowledged are better acquainted with the buli- talents, he owes his success, in a great ricfs of the courts, feel their admira- measure, 10 that urbanity of manners tion and surprise increased, from the and diffidence, wbich has avoided, as know ledge that a man of bis extensive much as pollible, all opposition with business, so far from Rudying what he the bench.—Be this as it may, the fhail say, can scarce find time to glance present chancellor took very early nohis eye over the numerous papers that tice of him, and gave him his countecome before him, but must catch his nance in practice, in a way extremely knowledge of the cause, not so niuch unusual with him. from his brief, as from the opening of One time, in particular, while Mr Scott was yet but riling into notice, In the commencement of his career, the chainsiior having been par icuiar as a political character, and a Parlialy pleased with his plading, and hav- men ay speaker, we mu. refer to the ing paid hia te m ft marked atten- date of Mr Fox's celebr ted India tion during all the time he was speak- Bill; and upon this occasion it must ins, defi:ec, at the breaking up of the be ob'erred tsüt he seems to have court, to speak with him in private : foregone the wonted me deity o: his

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- owever embarrassed with the unex. character, by putting himself not only rect d hono:ır, he instantly obeyed the in oppuition to Lee, the then. Atturlunmons, and they retireit together. ney General, a man of ack owled ed The chancellor cu graa'ated him on abilities, but againit the British De. his rising merit, and offered him the mosthenes, the champio. of patriothen vacant mattership in chancery; at tism. the same obser ing, that he did not What were the fpecious prt texts on press his acceptence, fince, in all pro. which this Bill was Pped, what bability, he might in time do better. was the natur: of Mr S oti's argu

The office of wailer in chan ery is ments, and what he fate of b Bill looked upon, by the prof ffors of the itself, are topics unnecessary to be here lavy, as a kind of hofpital för invalids, enlarged upon. How ver anp opiti, us where those, whon onnections, or ap- this event might be to the intereit and plication, have reared to a certain welfare of this country, it was very rank, fomerimes find a calm and idle far from having any ill effeas on the retreat for life, with a comfortable fti. fortune of Mr Scoti. pend, and good accommodation; but

Eminence in our courts, is a fire from whence they are fildo. coll.d conductor to the path of prouot:07; again into more distinguished scenes of bit it gres no further, of itself, ihan to action, that lead to the hig'i ofices of the threshold of prefinient ; a crain State. But Mr Scott (tho’ as we have piabiliy and elasticity of p:i:ciple, observed before, much of a vale urina- which can wind thro’ the mazes of porian in constitution), probably f.cling litical intrigue, and a facility of thaphimself rather ene uraged by this con- ing opinions to the fashion of the cines, verfation, to pursue the arducus path are effen.ial requires for rorducting of f-me, thin io rep: se himself in this fiim to the goal. In these refpects, to obscure retreat, politely dechired the speak plainly, lawyers are seldom de offer, and wisely i usted to his fortune ficieat ; their hibi's of repr fenurg and industry for the attainment of still whichever lide they fed upon, as that, hig her honours.

wi'ch truth and found r: ason lupport, How much this anecdote must have naturally l-ads them, in time, to concontributed to raise the young pleader fider truth and reason as only to be in the opin on of the profeslion, may he found on the side of interest. From eality 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.

and opulence, which have distinguishIn 1783, a patent' of precedency ed the barristers of the present century was granted him, by which he b. came may be accounted for ; and perhaps entitled to all the honours and advan- even the forcible reasoning, and correct tages of the Silk Gown, and ranked diction of Sir John Scott, might rot with the king's coursel.

as readily have smoothed for him, the Mr Scott was soon after introduced road to his present bonjurs, had not into Parliament, having been returned his principles led him fo readily, and for the borough of Webly in Here- so zealoufly, to chole the featm ats ford.

of those, it had already been determin

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Character of Mr Anftrather. ed should be advanced to administra- Among the other patriotic measures tion, and who held the reins of pow. of Mr Pitt's administration, to the boer at the dissolution of the last Parlia- nour of which Sir John Secit may jutt. men'.

iy, in pait, lay claim, we must noi for. Siace the change produced by the get, that in him originated the legal measure above stateci, no material al- docirines and lubtleties of the regency tera ions have taken place in cabinet Bill. arrangements, and Sir John Scott has As a Parliamentary Speaker, Sir hitherto pezdeverid in a uniformity of John Scoti's merit, is very inferior to condet." in the year 1988, he dií- his professional ability as a pleader. tinguished himseif as he illuítrios fa. The technical modes of Ipeech, and ther of 'he Declarażony Bil ; an ex- the formalized habits of the courts, alplanatory act, of which it may be said, tach him so strongly upon all occaas it has of many commentaries upon fluns, that he can never hope to charm Hu: er, that it pointed our meanings a popular afies bly, or command the and interpretations invented long after applause of fenates.--He wants the the ori inal was digerte, dd gave the warn:th and animation, the bold decla. authors of the performance ii preiend- matory vehemence, that diftinguith the ed 10 elucidate, the honour (such as senatorial rom ibe forensic orator, it was) finven ions, about which, at Sir John Scott always begins in the the ime it was composed th.y were House of Commons with a low and not bold enough to think, even in their en barrassed tremulation of voice, wildett dreams,

which fubfides very gradual y, and The consequences of this ex raor- sometimes not at all. He is always dinary mealure, were as advantageous fhrewd, cicar and sensible, but very to Mr Scurt, as the bill itself was a- seldom energetic and impreflive-delarming to the friends of liberty. The ver animated. Jattır, it is truc, were left to mourn, As a private character, Sir John in aftoriflument, the fecurity with which Scott is perfectly the gentleman : caly, meafuris night be introduced by flow, polite, and affable ; reither assuming Jesuitical and nefarious means, that among his friends, d fficult of access, woul' bave instantly died in the lustre or faftidiously reserved to ftrang ts. of open cay.

With the manners, he also blends the Thele were services, that never go exterior of the gentleman, unrewarded. In 1788, Mr Scott was knighted, and made Solicitor Gene Tal.

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almost a work of mechanical case ; but prosecution of it. Left to himself, he to give a varied artitude, and a still did not loug hefii ate where to detertarer character to the picture, is, to mine-be fixed at once on the study the one and the other, the knotted of the law. perplexity (trinoda necessitas) of the In 1774, he was ad nitted of Linart he cultivates.

colo's Ion-and called to the bar in The gentleman of whom we now Hillary Term 1779. , attempt a faint sketch, will not, we His progress in prolessional avocahope, be ashamed to look on a por- tions, has been more obfervable for traiture handled with much faithful- the certainty of the retainments of ness, though with little taite. In what it has once poffefied itfelf, than one thing, at least, we may take cre of quick attainme its. Nor can it dit--that we ihall not suffer by the rest

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be at all impeach d for hava of comparison, as we believe he basing been pushed by unfair and dire. not fat to another artist.

putable practice. Mr. Anftruther is indebted to for- M: Anítu her, in the declaration tune for fome accidental advantages, of his opinion as a lawyer, is flow; that might have benefited more, had but to make an:ple amed is, he is for they failen elsewhere, than where the most part, fure. H:is consulted they did. It may fuit the booby heir on all great questions of law, arifing of a rich house, to have his wants pro- in his own country, and has oftun vided för, even before he knows rhat evinced, by a large display of local he has any; but genius in erery clime, learning, that a more able advocate with force to her necellities the tribute could no where be engaged. Perof the alien.

haps there is no branch of pleading On the pride of birth much might more honourable than that of Scotch here be arrogated. It to be descend. Appeals ; more lucrative, it may ed from one of the oldeit families of roundly be faid, there cannot be; and an antient kingdom, were, in thefe he is not without a proportionate divitimes of happy illumination, any thing fion of diurnal business in the court to boast-He is the fon of Sir John where he is more especially called to Autrucher, Bart. of Fifethire, in practice. Scotland, who connects with a hand- He had not been long on the fome Rent-Rol, considerable parlia- books of Lincoln's Inn, when a promentary interest.

spect of a seat in the House of Coni. At an early age, young Anfru mons presented itself, too flattering ther was recommended to Glasgow, to be resisted. He has been twice and there to Dr. Miliar, the celebrated returned to Parliament. Profeffor of Humanity. They who

They who . His conduct iv tbe Senate has been were lucky enough to have brought uniform. He conceived an easly at, hither any talents, might be assured, tachment to Mr Fox and his positics, at least, not to leave the place with from which he was never swerved in Jess knowledge than they came.-Our all the trying vicissitudes of his gieat Tyrs would, however, have bidden leader's furtune. He is, to the party farewell to the academic walls, with with whom he acts, an able cousijutor. little increasd knowledge, but for the In his arrangement of public concerns, incessant Industry of his great pre- in his easy reference to remote fais, ceptor; for be is laid to have been the he affords a useful, tnough ta it alid eft boy of his class. When recal- listance, to his more talkative ditoch led from college, he began, however, ates; nor has he ever hurt the cause to feel the necellity of an establıshed he espo:sed, when he ventured 10 pursuit, and a fixed attention to the rise in support of its merits.

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Character of Judge Buller.

His regular attendance in the pointed language. He is faid to af. Committee of Affairs of India, not tect the manner of Lord Loughboten years tedious process has been rough; and it so, is certainly an adable to appal!. To his inde:atizabili. mirable copy. As far as relates to ty, may be ascribed the honour of his action, he has succeeded in the most being appointed by the Commons of exact relemblance; but le who locks England to share in the management for the further perfection of a vol me of the impeachment now carrying on, of harmonious voice, and the happy in their name, again it Warren Haft- energy of animation, will be disapings, Esq.

printed. Whenever Mr Anlıuther The speech on the opening of the deviates from the eser, didactic, kind charge entrusted to his hands, was a of speaking, his communicative cr• grand specimen of oratorical abilities, gans fail him entirely. Somet.mes and discovered a wonderful poffeffion his voice is thickly choaked ; at oof the subject he w.is required to il- thers, it uttais sounds discordant, and luftrare. Where the prefent Lord ungrateful to the ear of harmony. Chancellor daigas to commend, it In person he is above the common may very fai

: ly be prefumed there is stature, and rather inclined to loop positive desert; and his Lordihip probably from a ledentary habit. His could not with huld his approbation impaired health may also, we fuppole, on the spot.

be attributed to the fame cause. His ipeeches on

the Regency The concluding paragraph gives Bil', the Declaratory Act, and Ms us more pleasure than all that have Pitt's India Buil, did him equal ho. forgone ; however in public life he nour.

may be admired of his numerous Mr Anftruther's oratory is by no Partiz:ins; it is for exceeded in the means fhewy. His chara teriltic is amiability and respect of his private forcible argument, conveyed in peat, worth,

On the Variety of diffofition in Childr:n.-By Mrs Macaulay Graham

'HE difpofitions of c'ildren are fon. Whether this quality of the

various, and thele varieties re- mind owes its origin to the slow moquire to be attended to with care, or tion of the animal spirits, occasioning the fruits of education will be blatted ; a cold phleg natic temperature, seldom for that mode of reatant which would disturbed by paflion? Whether it ascat fome children up to horour and rises from that equipoise of the affecfelicity, will be the ruin of others. tions, which prevents any fingle ore This I take to be the file cause of from gaining a predominance ? Whethat inequality of character and con- ther it proceeds from a natural timididuct which we da:ly see take place a- ty of mind, from an anxious attention mong the members of the same fa- to self-intereit, or from a natural lagamily.

city, which points out with greater There are some persons who poffefs clearness, precision, and celeriry, the a physical prudence, which begins its evil to be avoided, and the good to be operations with the first dawn of rea- pursued ? Whether it arises from any

one From her“ Letters on Education," just published.

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