Adventures of an Attorney in Search of Practice

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James Cockcroft, 1874 - Law - 422 pages

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Page 398 - You may as well spread out the unsunned heaps Of miser's treasure by an outlaw's den, And tell me it is safe, as bid me hope Danger will wink on opportunity, And let a single helpless maiden pass Uninjured in this wild surrounding
Page 105 - Our doubts are traitors, And make us lose the good we oft might win By fearing to attempt."—MEASURE
Page 274 - OF all witnesses in an honest cause, an intelligent child is the best. Of all witnesses, in any cause, a woman is the worst, unless she happens to be very pretty and engaging, and then she will answer the purpose, whatever it be, most successfully. The counsel examining in chief, ogles her with one eye and the jury with the other, while a marked suavity of
Page 225 - beyond the Latin grammar, and too often less than that, simply to qualify him to be a gentleman, whilst his brothers are tinkers and tailors, and his father a Bow-street runner or sheriff's officer. I have digressed a little, however, from my subject. I only wish to explain how it happens, that in a profession which
Page 224 - men, we have improved our social position, and can now enumerate hundreds among us, who are not less gentlemen by birth, by feeling, and by manners, than we are by act of parliament, there still remains too much of that low business which was once the staple of
Page 225 - now justly esteemed a liberal one, and in which we daily meet with men well qualified to adorn any rank of life, we should yet more frequently fall in with others whose manners would exclude them from our servants' hall, and whose characters would compel us to count
Page 223 - in the higher walks of the profession, have in many instances, established for themselves an acknowledged title to rank with the first circles; though I do not say the most fashionable, for I by no means class these among the most worthy, or the most important ; but though by this accession of better born, and therefore generally better educated
Page 311 - Property to an immense amount depended on the legitimacy of an ancestor whose parents were supposed to have been married in the year 1730. The system of registration, either of birth or marriage, was then scarcely known, or at least very imperfectly
Page 244 - cause in Chancery, because we never could reckon with certainty on the attendance of even one! This man was at the Rolls when we wanted him before the Chancellor, and that man was in the vice-Chancellor's court when wanted at the
Page 96 - have reduced, but not superseded the speculative guesses of the attorney: indeed, in one respect, they have added to the difficulty; because, by success on one issue, and failure on another, a debtor and creditor account of costs is established, the balance of which may, by possibility, be against a plaintiff, though he has been

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