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, ... And the Hon. and Rev. Dr. John North, ...

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Страница 55 - And join'd experience to his native truth. His frugal care supplied the wanting throne; Frugal for that, but bounteous of his own...
Страница 40 - 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...
Страница 35 - ... swoon ; and, in not many hours after, died. But this Lord Jeffries came to the seal without any concern at the weight of duty incumbent upon him ; for, at the first, being merry over a bottle with some of his old friends, one of them told him that he would find the business heavy. No, said he, I'll make it light.
Страница 31 - 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...
Страница 52 - Jotham of piercing wit and pregnant thought, Endued by nature and by learning taught To move assemblies...
Страница 32 - ... forth his severities with a sort of majesty. He had extraordinary natural abilities, but little acquired, beyond what practice in affairs had supplied. He talked fluently, and with spirit ; and his weakness was, that he could not reprehend without scolding, and in such Billingsgate language, as should not come out of the mouth of any man. He called it " giving a lick with the rough side of his tongue.
Страница 32 - He seemed to lay nothing of his business to heart, nor care what he did, or 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,...
Страница 44 - ... incessant, and, withal, crabbed ; and his diet and exercise changed, that the constitution of his body, or head rather, could not sustain it, and he fell into an apoplexy and palsy, which numbed his parts ; and he never recovered the strength of them. He out-lived the judgment in the quo warranto ; but was not present otherwise than by sending his opinion, by one of the judges, to be for the king, who, at the pronouncing of the judgment, declared it to the court accordingly, which is frequently...
Страница 104 - ... he desired to become absolute, and to overturn both our religion and our laws, yet he would neither run the risk, nor give himself the trouble, which so great a design required. He had an appearance of gentleness in his outward deportment ; but he seemed to have no bowels nor tenderness in his nature, and in the end of his life he became cruel.
Страница 34 - 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 voi,. ll. rI with costs, and he went his way. In the hall, one of his friends asked him how he came off?

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