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THE text of the following BooK OF JUDGES has been derived from Lord Campbell's Lives of the Chief Justices, and Lives of the Chancellors, with only a few verbal alterations for the sake of connection, some transpositions, the omission of some details of less interest to the American reader, and the insertion of a few paragraphs, enclosed in brackets, thus [ ].

Most biographers have been arrant flatterers. Lord Campbell is a distinguished member of that modern school, which holds that history is of no dignity nor use, except so far as it is true; and that the truth is to be told at all hazards and without reserve. Hitherto social and political position, obtained no matter by what means, has in general secured not only present but future reputation. It can hardly fail to be a serious check upon those who struggle for distinction

to understand, that, however they may cheat or dazzle their contemporaries, they must expect to encounter from posterity a Rhadamantine judgment.

The object of the present work, prepared as it is in the interest of justice and freedom, and designed to hold up a mirror to magistrates now sitting on the American bench, in which "to show virtue her own feature, scorn her own image, and the very life and body of the time his form and pressure," will, I hope, induce Lord Campbell to pardon the liberty I have ventured to take with his writings.

BOSTON, November 20, 1855.

R. H.


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His noble birth, 185. Early life, 186. A court keeper, 188. Called to the bar, 189.

His early practice, 189. A lickspittle, 193. A leader at the bar, 194. Makes his for-

tune by avowing "loyal" principles, 195. Solicitor general, 197. His practice, 198.

His loves, 199. Marriage, 200. Insignificant as a member of Parliament, 200. At-

torney general, 201. Fees in abundance, 202. Chief justice of the Common Pleas,

203. Conduct on the bench, 203. Career as a politician, 206. Legal oracle of the

party of arbitrary power, 206. Proclamation against coffee houses, 206. Petitioners

and Abhorrers-North obstructs the right of petition, 207. Parliamentary pro-

ceedings against him, 208. Draws a declaration against the popular party, 209.

Trial of College, the Protestant joiner, 210. Proceedings against Shaftesbury, 212.

Attack on the municipal privileges of London, 216. North made lord chancellor,

217. His disappointment and dissatisfaction, 219. Assists at the inauguration of Saun-

ders, 220. His conduct as a law reformer and equity judge, 221. As a statesman,

223. Joins in the proceedings against the charter of London, 224. Made a peer

Disfranchises many towns, 226. Dismisses Burnet, 226. Rye house plot, 227. Jef-

freys his rival, 227. His mortifications, 229. Triumphs over Jeffreys in the matter

of the recusants, 230. Death of Charles II., 233. Continued in office by James II.,

234. Puts the seal to a questionable proclamation, 235. Parliament meets, 236.

North snubbed, 236. Clings to office, 237. Still thwarted and browbeaten by Jef

freys, 237. Further mortifications, 239. His dejection and misery, 240. Monmouth's

insurrection, 240. His conduct as to the prisoners, 241. Death and character,

242. Jokes upon him, 244. His writings, 245. His method of living, 245. His do-

mestic relations, 246. Descendants, 247. His early death, 247. His life by Roger

North, 247.

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