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valid objections to lay before you.
removed into the King's Bench, and that I should move
term commenced, and attend me thereon Conferring with
of your attendant, at my house, on the first day of term, when you succeeded in satisfying me that you were a Gent. one, etc., and an honorable
man, and expressed great dissatisfaction at the proceedings had with the suit while out of my hands; receiving your instructions to demand of your uncle that same should return to me, on my paying a lien he claimed thereon, and received from you his debenture for that
purpose Perusing same, and attending him in St. George's Fields
therewith and thereon Paid him, principal and interest In consideration of circumstances, no charge for receiving
suit back .. Perusing letter unexpectedly received from
dated from your own house, respecting short notice of trial. Attending you thereon Attending at Westminster several mornings to try the suit,
when at last got same on.
o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o
case, drawing special instructions to box-maker for same.
ised to determine shortly.
obtained his consent with difficulty
to peruse and settle
brother and his son, two of my brothers, my sister-in-law,
- very moderate Coach-hire there and back . Attending you to acquaint you with particulars in general,
and concerning settlement particularly . Instructions for receipt
To numerous, various, and a great variety of divers and
very many letters, messages, and attendances to, from, on, and upon, you and your agents and others, pending a negotiation for settlement, far too numerous to be mentioned; and an infinite deal of trouble, too troublesome to trouble you with, or to be expressed, without more and further trouble, but which you must, or can, or shall, or may know or be informed of, what you please
The ruthless reformers of these evil days have done away with any necessity for the foregoing as a precedent, but it may serve to remind the profession of that paradise of compensation from which theoretically they have been ejected. The lawyers used to be paid in proportion to the number of words they employed. So naturally they never were distinguished for conciseness. As the hackman carries the stranger roundabout so as to make a large demand, so the ancient lawyer beat about the bush with his verbal tediousness. Nowadays he goes straighter to his destination, but the fare seems about as high as ever.
DEATH OF SAMPSON BRASS. I take it for granted that every lawyer is acquainted with Mr. Sampson Brass, the attorney of Dickens's “Old Curiosity Shop.” Our concluding burlesque will relate to him. It is somewhat notorious that there is one occasion on which all the lawyers speak well of any other particular member of the profession; and that is, when he is dead, and his survivors hold a “bar-meeting" over him. According to such meetings, no bad lawyer has ever died; and this may account for the lowered tone of the profession, which the good editors of newspapers are so unanimously lamenting in these days. Mr. John C. Greene of Troy, N.Y., some years ago discovered, and transmitted to “The Albany Law Journal” for publication, an account of the proceedings of the bar on the death of Mr. Brass; and by his permission, I reproduce it here :
“POSTHUMOUS JUSTICE. “The bales of old paper and rags gathered from the ends of the earth, to be worked up' by Yankee mills, are full of curiosities. The chiffonier's hook penetrates, sooner or later, the most secret places, and brings up to the light many strange matters, — bundles of letters tied with faded ribbon ; huge rolls of manuscript, 'rejected' (when their rejection meant starvation perhaps), and gathered from publishers' waste-baskets ; quaint and curious volumes of forgotten lore ; account-books of defunct firms; pamphlets and tracts without number. Do you ever think, brother, upon what a weird palimpsest you are drawing your little innocent bill of costs, or your coldblooded affidavit? No, not you.
“Not long since, while visiting the extensive works of my friends Pulp & Co. of Pulpville, the distinguished paper-manufacturers, in a huge pile of material about to be placed in the bleacher, I noticed and picked up a pamphlet, which, as it contained many familiar names, attracted my attention, and interested me at once. It is entitled 'Proceedings and Resolutions of a meeting of the Attorneys and Solicitors of London, upon the death of Sampson Brass, Esq., late of Bevis Marks,' and contains the speeches and resolutions made upon that melancholy occasion. I regret that the proceedings are too lengthy to be published entire in this journal; but as they are, I have made a synopsis of the more important parts, which I hasten to present to my professional brethren.
“The pamphlet appears to have been prepared by a reporter who was present. It begins with the statement that the meeting was largely attended, and was impressive in its solemnity. Among those present were observed the Hon. T. Traddles, one of the barons of the exchequer ; Mr. Conversation Kenge and Mr. Carboy of Lincoln's Inn; Mr. Dodson and Mr. Fogg of Freeman's Court; Mr. Perker of Gray's Inn ; Mr. Vholes of Furnival's Inn; Mr. Witherden, Mr. Abel Garland, Mr. Jaggers, Mr. Wemick, Mr. Solomon Pell, Mr. Mortimer Lightwood, of the Temple ; Mr. Guppy, and many others.
““The meeting was organized by calling to the chair the Hon. Baron Traddles, who said, upon taking his seat, “Again, gentlemen, pallid death has visited our profession; and we are called upon to pay the last tribute of respect to a departed brother.
This occasion is one of more than ordinary interest and solemnity. Our distinguished brother, Mr. Tupton Tulkinghorn, after a long life of assiduous devotion to his profession, has passed to his reward. Mr. Tulkinghorn was a man of no common mould. He brought to the conduct of his business great