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took despair and died. It was thought.his mead sure was very hard and cruel; and that some mighty point of interest in her ladyship’slawsuits depended upon this man’s suffering.
Doyly’s settlement a cheat, fir wantqf words usual. Q. By whose contrivance. Buthe advised. —This fraudulent conveyance was managed between Sir Robert Baldock and Pemberton. It is certain it was passed by Pemberton, who was the counsel chiefly relied on; but not so certain it was his contrivance, for Baldock had wit and will enough to do it. The device was to make two jointures, as if the manors of Aand B, complete, and without words of reference of the one to the other, as in part, Sac. or together with—in full, whereby the one called upon the other. The use made of this trick was mort~ gaging both these estates as free, but, in truth, encumbered with the jointure and settlement. For, upon the profi'er of A to be mortgaged, and the counsel demanding a sight of the marriage settlement, that of B. was showed. Then upon the proffer of B, the settlement of Awas showed,‘ and so the cheat passed of both.
This Chief Justice sat in the King’s Bench till‘ near the time that the great cause of the gunZ0armnto against the city of London was to be. brought to judgment in that court; and then His Majesty thought fit to remove him. And
the truth is, it was not thought any way reasonable to trust that cause, on which the peace of the government so much depended, in a court where the chief never showed so much regard to the law, as to his will; and notorious as he was for little honesty, boldness, cunning, and incontroulable opinion of himself. ‘After this removal, he returned to his practice, and by that (as it seems the rule is) he lost the style of Lordship, and became bare Mr. Serjeant again. His' business lay chiefly in the Common Pleas, where his lordship (Lord Keeper Guilf'ord) presided ,: and however some of his brethren were apt to insult him, his lordship was always careful to repress such indecencies ;' and not only pro-’*‘ tected, but used him with humanity. For 110% , ’ ‘ thing is so sure a sign of a bad breed as insulting over the depressed.
made the society willing to do him good. He appeared very ambitions to learn to‘ write, and one of the attornies got a board knocked up at a window on the top of a staircase, 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 hackneywriting; and thus, by degrees, he pushed his ‘ faculties, and fell to forms, and, by books that j were lent him, became an exquisite entering clerk ; and by the same course of improvement l of himself, an able counsel, first in special pleading, then at large; and, alter he was called to i . ' the bar, had practice in the King’s Bench Court, . I equal with any there. As to his person, he was very corpulent and beastly, a mere lump of ' morbid flesh. He used to say, “ by his troggs,” (such an humourous way of talking he afi'ected,) “ none could say he wanted issue of his body, for he had nine in his back.” He was a fetid mass, that offended his neighbour at the bar in the sharpest degree. Those whose ill fortune it was to stand near him, were confessors, and, in summer-time, almost martyrs. This hateful de- . cay of his carcase came upon him by continual sottishness; for, to say nothing of brandy, he was seldom without a potof ale at his nose, or nearhim; that ‘exercise was all he used; the
and disposition in so great a degree, that he may be deservedly styled a philanthrope. He was a very Silenus to the boys, as, in this place, I’ may‘ term the students of the law, to make them merry whenever they had a mind to it. He’ had nothing of rigid or austere in him. Ifanjr; near him at the bar grumbled at his’ stencluhe ever converted the complaint into content. and.‘ laughing with the abundance of hi's'wit. As‘ to‘ his ordinary dealing, he was‘ as honest’ as' the
driven snow was White’; and‘ why not, j having no‘: regard for money, or desire to be rich? ahcl, for .
good-nature and condescension, there was not his fellow. I have seen him, for hours:and halfhours together, before the‘ court sat‘, stand at the bar, with an audiencer of students over’against him, putting; off ‘cases, and debating.’ as suited their capacities, and. encouraged their industry,‘ And‘ so, in ' the Temple, he seldom moved without a parcel of youths hanging.’ aboutt him, and he merry: and‘jesting with themi
It will be readily conceived, that this man was never out out‘ to be a Presbyter, or any thing‘ that ' is severe and* crahbed. In no time did he lean‘ to faction, butidid his business without offence to' any. He put oifoflicious tatlé of govern-‘ ment or politics-:with je'sts, and soumadehisi wit‘ a. cathollcomtor shield, to cover all‘ hisiweak places’ and’ infirmitiesf When the coast on