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LIVES

OF

EMINENT ENGLISH JUDGES

OF THE

SEVENTEENTH AND EIGHTEENTH CENTURIES.

EDITED BY

W. N. WELS,B Y, Esq., M. A.,

RECORDER OF CHESTER,

London :
S. SWEET, CHANCERY LANE, FLEET STREET.

1846.

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ADVERTISEMENT.

The Biographies which compose this Volume were originally published in the “ Law Magazine,” and were read, I believe, with some degree of favour. The Lives of Lords Nottingham, Hardwicke, Mansfield, Thurlow, and Ashburton were from the pen of the late EDMUND PLUNKETT BURKE, afterwards Chief Justice of St. Lucie, whose premature and melancholy death was the occasion of much regret to his friends and the Profession. For the rest I am responsible, with the exception of the memoirs of Hale and Blackstone, which were by other hands. I have the permission of the writers to include them also in this Volume. The whole have been carefully revised, and some inaccuracies, both of fact and of expression, have been corrected.

I did not venture upon the more difficult and delicate task, of pourtraying the lives and characters of any of the distinguished Judges who have adorned the Bench and the Woolsack within the present century. It has, however, been well performed by my friend Mr. TOWNSEND, whose Memoirs are also about to be presented to the public in a collected form.

W. N. WELSBY.

Temple, February, 1846.

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