Lord Brougham's Law Reforms: Comprising the Acts and Bills Introduced Or Carried by Him Through the Legislature Since 1811, with an Analytical Review of Them

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Longman, Brown, Green, Longman and Roberts, 1860 - Law reform - 251 pages
 

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Page 72 - The widow and the orphan cried to him as vainly as the town-crier when he offers a small reward for a full purse. The bankrupt of the court became the lunatic of the court. Estates mouldered away and mansions fell down, but the fees came in and all was well ; but in an instant the iron mace of Brougham shivered to atoms this House of Fraud and of Delay.
Page 59 - But how much nobler will be the Sovereign's boast, when he shall have it to say that he found law dear, and left it cheap ; found it a sealed book — left it a living letter ; found it the patrimony of the rich — left it the inheritance of the poor ; found it the two-edged sword of craft and oppression — left it the staff of honesty and the shield of innocence...
Page 71 - Now, then, let the planters beware — let their Assemblies beware — let the Government at home beware — let the Parliament beware ! The same country is once more awake — awake to the condition of negro slavery ; the same indignation kindles in the bosom of the same people ; the same cloud is gathering that annihilated the slave trade ; and, if it shall descend again, they on whom its crash may fall, will not be destroyed before I have warned them ; but I pray that their destruction may turn...
Page xxi - An Act for the further amendment of the Process, Practice, and Mode of Pleading in and enlarging the Jurisdiction of the Superior Courts of Common Law at Westminster, and of the Superior Courts of Common Law of the Counties Palatine of Lancaster and Durham.
Page 17 - ... while the distracting cares of the world, or its beguiling pleasures, cross not the threshold of these calm retreats; its distant noise and bustle are faintly heard, making the shelter you enjoy more grateful ; and the struggles of anxious mortals embarked upon that troublous sea are viewed from an eminence, the security of which is rendered more sweet by the prospect of the scene below.
Page xvi - An Act to abolish the Office of Master in Ordinary of the High Court of Chancery, and to make Provision for the more speedy and Efficient Despatch of Business in the said Court.
Page 70 - ... it is at this day : it is the law written by the finger of God on the heart of man ; and by that law, eternal, unchangeable, while men despise fraud, and loathe rapine, and abhor blood, they shall reject with indignation the wild and guilty phantasy, that man can hold property in man ! In vain you appeal to treaties, to covenants between nations.
Page 72 - Then look at the gigantic Brougham, sworn in at twelve o'clock, and before six has a bill on the table, abolishing the abuses of a Court which has been the curse of the people of England for centuries. For twenty-five long years did Lord Eldon sit in that Court, surrounded with misery and sorrow, which he never held up a finger to alleviate. The widow and the orphan cried to him as vainly as the...
Page xvii - Fourth (chapter seventyfour), "for the abolition of fines and recoveries, and " for the substitution of more simple modes of assurance...
Page 70 - Almighty, whether the old or the new, denounce such unholy pretensions. To those laws did they of old refer, who maintained the African trade. Such treaties did they cite, and not untruly ; for by one shameful compact, you bartered the glories of Blenheim...

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