The lives of the Right Hon. Francis North, baron Guildforfd; the Hon. Sir Dudley North; and the Hon. and Rev. Dr. John North, Volume 1

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Page 290 - ... a swoon ; and, in not many hours after, died. But this Lord Jeffries came to the seal without any concern at the weight of duty incumbent upon him ; for, at the first, being merry over a bottle with some of his old friends, one of them told him that he would find the business heavy. No, said he, I'll make it light.
Page 51 - The very next day in Westminster Hall, when any of the benchers appeared at the courts, they received reprimands from the judges for their insolence, as if a person whom his majesty had thought fit to make one of his counsel extraordinary was not worthy to come into their company ; and so dismissed them unheard with declaration that until they had done their duty in calling Mr. North to their bench, they must not expect to be heard as counsel in his majesty's courts.
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 132 - Bench; but the attorneys of the Common Pleas often retained him to move for them in the Treasury such matters as were proper there, and what they might have moved themselves. But however agreeable this kind of practice was to a novitiate it was not worthy the observation it had ; for once or twice a week was the utmost calculate of these motions.
Page 288 - He had a set of banterers for the most part, near him ; as in old time great men kept fools to make them merry. And these fellows abusing one another and their betters, were a regale to him. And no friendship or dearness could be so great in private which he would not use ill, and to an extravagant degree, in publick.
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 277 - I must say behaved himself more like a jack-pudding, than with that gravity which beseems a judge : he was mighty witty upon the prisoners at the bar ; he was very full of his jokes upon people that came to give evidence, not suffering them to declare what they had to say in their own way and method, but would interrupt them, because they behaved themselves with more gravity than he ; and in truth, the people were strangely perplexed when they were to give in their evidence...
Page 199 - There came in my time to the College one Nathaniel Conopios, out of Greece, from Cyrill, the patriarch of Constantinople, who, returning many years after, was made (as I ,understand) Bishop of Smyrna. He was the first I ever saw drink coffee; which custom came not into England till thirty years after.
Page 175 - His lordship's entertainment at Newcastle was very agreeable, because it went most upon the trades of the place, as coal-mines, salt-works and the like, with the wonders that belonged to them ; and the magistrates were .solicitous to give him all the diversion they could : and one was the going down to Tynemouth castle in the town barge.
Page 64 - Then did he open a long history of matters upon record, of bulls, monasteries, orders, greater and lesser houses, surrenders, patents, and a great deal more, very proper, if it had been true, while the counsel on the other side stared at him ; and, having done, they bid him go to his evidence. He leaned back, as speaking to the attorney, and then, My lord, said he, we are very unhappy in this cause.

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