The Lives of the Right Hon. Francis North: Baron Guilford; the Hon. Sir Dudley North; and the Hon. and Rev. Dr. John North, Volume 1

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G. Bell and Sons, 1890 - Lawyers
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Page 294 - Row, called his lodging, and the man's wife was his nurse or worse ; but by virtue of his money, of which he made little account, though he got a great deal, he soon became master of the family ; and, being no changeling, he never removed, but was true to his friends, and they to him, to the last hour of his life.
Page 289 - ... 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, as if the thunder of the day of judgment broke over their heads : and nothing ever made men tremble like his vocal inflictions. He loved to insult, and was bold without check , but that only when his place was uppermost.
Page 197 - I have read somewhere of an, eastern king, who put a judge to death for an iniquitous sentence, and ordered his hide to be stuffed into a cushion, and placed upon the tribunal for the son to sit on, who was preferred to his father's office. I fancy, such a memorial might not have been unuseful to a son of sir William Scroggs, and that both he and his successors would often wriggle in their seats, as long as the cushion lasted...
Page 288 - 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.
Page 166 - ... but there is, at the heels of her, a popular rage that does little less than demand her to be put to death : and, if a judge is so clear and open as to declare against that impious vulgar opinion, that the devil himself has power to torment and kill innocent children, or that he is pleased to divert himself with the good people's cheese, butter, pigs, and geese, and the like errors of the ignorant and foolish rabble ; the countrymen (the triers) cry this judge hath no religion, for he doth not...
Page 119 - Sir Francis' method of gathering his fees is thus, described: " His business increased, even while he was solicitor, to be so much as to have overwhelmed one less dexterous ; but when he was made attorney-general, though his gains by his office were great, they were much greater by his practice; for that flowed in upon him like an orage, enough to overset one that had not an extraordinary readiness in business.
Page 363 - His lordship received him with much familiarity, and encouraged him to come and see him often, that he might have the pleasure of his conversation. The star-gazer was not wanting to himself in that ; and his lordship was extremely delighted with his accounts and observations about the planets, especially those attendant on Jupiter ; showing how the eclipses of them, being regular and calculable, might rectify the longitude of places upon the globe, and demonstrating that light did not pass instantaneously,...
Page 211 - Gates, and accordingly endeavoured at it ; but it is plain that he had no command of the engine ; and, instead of his sharing the popularity of nursing it, he found himself so intrigued that it was like a wolf by the ears ; he could neither hold it nor let it go ; and, for certain, it bit '-iin at last : just as when a barbarous mastiff attacks a man, he cries poor cur ! and is pulled down at last.
Page 303 - But his silence begot a jealousy, which has hung long upon him. His notions were for the Court. But his incorrupt and sincere way of managing the concerns of the Treasury created in all people a very high esteem of him.
Page 176 - The manner of the carriage is by laying rails of timber from the colliery down to the river, exactly straight and parallel ; and bulky carts are made with four rowlets fitting these rails ; whereby the carriage is so easy that one horse will draw down four or five chaldron of coals, and is an immense benefit to the coal merchants.

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