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Inner Temple, by the late Memoirs of the Life of Henry
232 Home, Lord Kames,
179 Course of Study in Law, recomMemoir concerning the Exis- mended by Lord Mansfield to ence and Situation of Solomon's
185 Letter from Mr Burke' to the Extracts from the Marquis de Archbishop of Aix,
ibid. Langle's Picturesque Descrip- The Archbishop's Answer to Mr tion of Switzerland,
225 Anecdotes of Archery, 197 Sta e of Sheep-farming on the Instance of Henry VIII.'s Ty- East Coast of Scotland ;-by ranny, 202 Andrew Ker,
* 227 Reflections on the late Prospect Review. OF Effay on the
of a War with Rusia, 203 Principles nf Translation, 237 Dr Robertson's Account of two
-2. Of Poemas, by J. Caravans which visit Mecca, - 20g Aikin, M. D.
240 Letter from the late Bishop
-2. Of Debates in the Rundle to Mrs Sandys, 212 General Assembly on the Teft Utility of the Larch Tree,
ibid. Anecdotes of remarkable Trees; Art'ul Villainy brought to light; by Gilpin. 215 a Chinese Tale,
241 Dire&ions for the Study of Eng.
247 lijn Hiftory, 220 Monthly Registera
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-Memoirs of the Life and Writings of Henry Home, Lord Kames, 'the celebrat
ed Author of Elements of Criticism,' &c *. HENRY SENRY HOME, Lord Kames, of the supreme court, as a member of
an eminent Scortisa lawyer, and which he was to seek for fame and author of
celebrated works on memolument, he confidired as essentialvarious subjects, was defcended of ia ly necessary to qualify him to be a very honourable and ancient family, complete barrifter. He accordingly and born in the year 1696. Lord atrended for fome time the chamber Kames's grandfather, Henry Home, of a writer to the fignet, where he had was a younger son of Sir John Home an opportunity of learning the styles of Renton, who held the high office of legal deeds, and the modes of con.' of lord juft'ce-clerk, or chief criminal ducting different species of business. judge of Scotland, in the year 1663. This wise step, independently of his He received the estate of Kames from great genius and unwearied applicahis uncle George, brother to the then stion, procured him, after his admis. lord justice.clerk. The family of fion to the bat, peculiar respect f.om Renton is descended from that of the sthe court, and proportional employEarls of Home, the representatives of ment in his profession of an advocate. the ancient Princes of Northumber. Whoever pevuses the·law-papers comland, as appears from the records of posed by Mr Home when a young the Lyon Office.
imani, will perccive an uncommon eleThe county of Berwick in Scotland gance of style, beside great ingeodity has the honour of having given birth of reasoning, and a thorough knowto this great and useful member of so. ledge of the law and conttitution of .ciety. In early youth he was lively, this country. Th-se qualifications, toand eager in the acquisition of know- gether with the strength and vivacity ledge. He neper attended a public of his natural abilities, foon raised him school ; but was instructed in the an- to be an ornament to the Scottish bar cient and modern languages, as well and, on the 2d of February 1752, he as 'in several branches of mathematics, was advanced to the bench as one of and the arts necessarily connected with the judges of the Court of Session, unthat science, by Mr Wingate, a man der the title of Lord Kamest. of conliderable paris and learving, Before this period, however, not who spent many years as preceptor or withstanding the unavoidable labours private tutor to Mr Home.
of his profeflion, Mr Home had fa After studying with acuteness and voured the world with several useful diligence, at the university of Edin. and ingenious works. In the year burgh, the civil law, and the muni- 1,728, he published • Remarkable Decipal law of his own country, Mr cisions of the Court of Sellion from Home early perceived that a know- 1716 to 1728,' in one vol. folio. ledge of these alone is not sufficient to be 1732 appeared Essays upon seve make an accomplished lawyer. An tal subjects in law, viz. Jus tertii; acquaintance with the forms and prac. Beneficium cedendarum actionum; tical business of courts, and especially Vinco Vincentem.; and Prescription ;
For this, and the Life of Dr Henry, in our Magazine for July, we are indebted to the Encyclopedia Britannica.
+ The Lords of Session in Scotland, upon their appointment to that office, are im mediately called Lords, and takes their title, as such, from their familly eltate ; bus they fign all their letters, &c. with their chriftian and furnamos.
8vo. This first produce of his origi- --History of Process in Absence: nal genius, and, of his extensive views, History of execution against move excited not only the attention, but the ables and Land for Payment of Debt: admiration of the judges, and of all Hilto:y of Personal Execution for the other members of the college of Payment of Debt :-Hillory of Exeo justice. This work was succeeded, cution for obtaining Payment after in the year 1741, by Decisions of the Death of the Debtor :-History the Court of Seffion from its first in of the limited and universal Reprefenftitution to the year 1740, abridged 'tatiop of Heirs old and new Ex. and digefted under proper heads, in tent. In 1760, he publihed, in fo. form of a Dictionary,' 2 vols. folio: lio, " The Principles of Equity; a Ą very laborious work, and of the work which fhows both the fertility greatest utility to every practical law of the author's genius and his indefa
yer. In 1747 appeared Esfays up- cigable application. lo 1766, he on several subjects concerning British gave to the public another volume in Antiquities, viz. 1. Introduction of folio of Remarkable Decisions of the the feudal Law into Scotland. 2. Con, Court of Sefson, from 1730 to 1752. ftitution of Parliament. 3. Honour, In 1777, appeared his Elucidations Dignity. 4. Socceflion, or Descent respecting the Common and Statute with an Append. x u, on bereditaryand Law of Scotland,' 8vo. This book indefeafible' Right,' composed in 1745, contains many curious and interesting and published 1747, in 8vo. In a remarks upon fume intricate and du. preface to this work, Lord Kames io- bious points which occur in the law forms us, that in the years 1745 and of Scotland. In 1780, he published 2746, when the nation was in great a volume in folio of sclect Decisions Sufpence and distraction, he retired 10 of the Court of Seffica from 1752 tą the country; and, in order to banish 1768. as much as poffible the uneasiness of Fr this sketch of Lord Kames! his mind, he contrived the plan, and compofitions and collections with a executed this ingenious performance. view to improve and elucidate the
Though not in the order of time, laws of Scotland, the reader may form we shall continue the list of all our fome ide.1 of his great indultry, and muthor's writings on law, before we of his anxious defire to promote the proceed to his productions on other honour and welfare of his country. subjects. In 1757, he published It remains to be remarked, that in
The Statute Law of Scotland abridg- the supreme court there, the law. ed, with historical notes,' 8vo. ; à writings of Lord Kames are held in post useful and laborious work. In equal estimation, and quoted wih.ethe year 1759, he presented to the qual respect, as those of Coke or Black, public a new work under the title of itone in the courts of England.
Historical Law Tracts,' 8vo. It Lord Kames's mind with very much contains fourteen intereking tracts, inclined to metaphysical difquifitions, viz. History of the Criminal Law : When a young man, in order to imn. Hiftory of Promifes and Covenants : prove himfelf in his favourite study,
-History of Property :- History of he corresponded with the famous Securities upon and for Payment of Berkeley bishop of Cloyne, Dr Bur: Debt-Hiftory of the Privilege which ler bishop of Durham, Dr Samuel 20 Heir-apparent in a feudal Holding Clarke, and many other ingenious and has to continue the Poffellion of his learned men both in Britain and Ire Ancestor:-History of Regalities, and land. The letters of correspondence, of the Privilege of repledging :-Hif- we are happy to learn, have been Rory of Courts --History of Brieves, carefully prelerved by his fon and heir