Bench And Bar

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In this connection we must also mention Lord Westbury, who had to resign in 1865, in obedience to the popular will, and under circumstances which indicate pretty clearly that the judicial ermine of England is not entirely free ...
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In this connection we must also mention Lord Westbury, who had to resign in 1865, in obedience to the popular will, and under circumstances which indicate pretty clearly that the judicial ermine of England is not entirely free from stain. THE WIT OF SIB THOMAS MORE. Sir Thomas More, the most celebrated of the lord chancellors, by reason of his learning, piety, brilliant mind, and tragic death, has left behind him a reputation as the first wit of his rank and age. No lawyer has given better witticisms to the jest-books ; and the wide and lasting popularity of his pleasantries is a weighty proof that the multitudecan appreciate humor that is free from coarseness, and gay- ety that has no taint, of buffoonery. Like all legal wits, he enjoyed a pun. But though he would condescend to play with words as a child plays with shells on a sea-beach, he could at will command the laughter of his readers without having recourse to mere verbal antics. Much of his humor was of the sort that is ordinarily called quiet humor, because its effect does not pass off in shouts of merriment. His wit was not less ready than brilliant, and on one occasion its readiness saved him from a sudden and horrible death. Sitting on the roof of his high gate-house at Chelsea, he was enjoying the beauties of the Thames and the sunny richness of the landscape, when his solitude was broken by the unlooked-for arrival of a wandering maniac. Wearing the horn and badge of a Bedlamite, the unfortunate creature showed the signs of hismalady in his equipment as well as his countenance. Having cast his eye downward from the parapet to the foot of the tower, he conceived a rnad desire to hurl the chancellor from the flat roof. " Leap, Tom, leap!" screamed the athletic fellow, laying a firm hand on More's shoulder. Fixin...
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  • ISBN-13: 9781163108512
  • Publisher: Kessinger Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 9/10/2010
  • Pages: 366
  • Product dimensions: 0.76 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 6.00 (d)

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In this connection we must also mention Lord Westbury, who had to resign in 1865, in obedience to the popular will, and under circumstances which indicate pretty clearly that the judicial ermine of England is not entirely free from stain. THE WIT OF SIB THOMAS MORE. Sir Thomas More, the most celebrated of the lord chancellors, by reason of his learning, piety, brilliant mind, and tragic death, has left behind him a reputation as the first wit of his rank and age. No lawyer has given better witticisms to the jest-books ; and the wide and lasting popularity of his pleasantries is a weighty proof that the multitudecan appreciate humor that is free from coarseness, and gay- ety that has no taint, of buffoonery. Like all legal wits, he enjoyed a pun. But though he would condescend to play with words as a child plays with shells on a sea-beach, he could at will command the laughter of his readers without having recourse to mere verbal antics. Much of his humor was of the sort that is ordinarily called quiet humor, because its effect does not pass off in shouts of merriment. His wit was not less ready than brilliant, and on one occasion its readiness saved him from a sudden and horrible death. Sitting on the roof of his high gate-house at Chelsea, he was enjoying the beauties of the Thames and the sunny richness of the landscape, when his solitude was broken by the unlooked-for arrival of a wandering maniac. Wearing the horn and badge of a Bedlamite, the unfortunate creature showed the signs of his malady in his equipment as well as his countenance. Having cast his eye downward from the parapet to the foot of the tower, he conceived a rnad desire to hurl the chancellor from the flat roof." Leap, Tom, leap!" screamed the athletic fellow, laying a firm hand on More's shoulder. Fixin...
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