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PARTLY REPUBLICATIONS AND PARTLY ORIGINAL.
COLLECTED AND EDITED
JOHN PALMER, GENT.
THE PRACTICE OF APPEALS IN THE HOUSE OF LORDS," &c.
“Of law no less can be said than that her seat is the bosom of God; her voice
SAUNDERS AND BENNING, LAW BOOKSELLERS,
(SUCCESSORS TO J. BUTTERWORTH AND SON,)
43, FLEET STREET,
TO VITRUVIUS LAWES, ESQ.
SERJEANT AT LAW.
I have had the pleasure of knowing you longer than I have known any other gentleman now practising at the Bar, and have always admired your agreeable manners, as well as your accurate legal information, both in theory and practice; part of which, in consequence of modern changes, you will have to forget, while you have something to learn It is told of one of your learned predecessors, the celebrated Serjeant Maynard, that on his being introduced to William III., the King observed, that the Serjeant had outlived most of his brethren of the law; to which he replied, that if it had not been for his Majesty, he would probably have outlived the law itself. It would be rather an awkward compliment, if I were to express a wish that you may survive the law; but I do hope, you will outlive the present spirit of innovation, and afterwards enjoy many years of health, without which, (I speak from sad experience) there cannot be much happiness. Why, you have not, as you ought long since, to have been called to a higher station, it would be impertinent in me to enquire. Happily you are independent in fortune, as you are in spirit. As a mark of my humble respect for your estimable character, I take the liberty of inscribing to you the following pages, and am,
Your faithful and obedient Servant.
P. S. The foregoing was written above a year ago, but the publication has been delayed. In the mean time, I have heard with deep regret that, through severe illness, you have found it necessary to retire from the exercise of your professional labours. I earnestly wish you every consolation, in addition to that which you must already feel, from the consciousness of a well-spent and honourable life.
12th December, 1835.
An Essay on the Constitution of England, a pamphlet, repub-