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BRITISH RULE AND
BEYOND THE SEAS
BY THE LATE
SIR HENRY JENKYNS, K.C.B.
WITH A PREFACE BY
SIR COURTENAY ILBERT, K.C.S.I.
AT THE CLARENDON PRESS
A pathetic interest attaches to this volume. It was to have been the firstfruits of its author's wellearned leisure. Its completion was arrested by his untimely death.
Henry Jenkyns was born at Durham on September 2, 1838, and was the eldest son of the Rev. Henry Jenkyns, D.D. His father had been a Fellow of Oriel in the time of Arnold, Copleston, and Newman, and afterwards became Canon of Durham and Professor of Divinity and Ecclesiastical Literature in the Durham University. His mother was the eldest daughter of the Right Hon. Henry Hobhouse of Hadspen House, Somerset, who was permanent Under Secretary of State for the Home Department from 1817 to 1827. He was a nephew, on his father's side, of Richard Jenkyns, the well-known Master of Balliol, and, on his mother's side, of the present Lord Hobhouse. Lord Thring, whose mother was an elder sister of Canon Jenkyns, was his first cousin, though belonging to an older generation.
Henry Jenkyns was educated at Eton and Balliol. He rowed in the Balliol boat when it was head of the river in 1859, and was one of the three Balliol men who monopolized the first class in Literae Humaniores in the Easter Term of June, 1860, the
other two being Chaloner Chute and Lionel Tollemache. After taking his degree he went up to London to study for the bar, and began by reading with a conveyancer at Lincoln's Inn. After spending six months or so in the chambers of Mr. John Welch, the special pleader, at the Temple, he returned to Lincoln's Inn and read with Mr. John Wickens (afterwards Vice-Chancellor), whose pupil he remained until he was called to the bar at Lincoln's Inn in 1863. He had some practice as a conveyancer, and occasionally went on circuit, but he very soon left the highway of the legal profession for that special branch of legal work which was to be the occupation of his lifetime. He was entrusted by the Statute Law Committee with the duty of preparing a Chronological Table and Index to the Statutes of the Realm, a task which involved enormous labour and the most minute research into the contents of the statute-book. The first edition of the work appeared in January, 1870. When the office of Parliamentary Counsel to the Treasury was created in February, 1869, with Mr. Thring as its head, Jenkyns was offered and accepted the post of Assistant Parliamentary Counsel. He held that office until Lord Thring's retirement in July, 1886, when he succeeded his former chief. He retired in February, 1899, after thirty years' service under the Government. In 1877 he married Madalene Sabine Pasley, youngest daughter of Admiral Sir T. Sabine Pasley, Bart., K.C.B. He was made a C.B. in 1882 under Mr. Gladstone's government, and a K.C.B. in 1892 under the