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Page 4 - OUR age is retrospective. It builds the sepulchres of the fathers. It writes biographies, histories, and criticism. The foregoing generations beheld God and nature face to face ; we, through their eyes. Why should not we also enjoy an original relation to the universe?
Page 5 - The gulph of a great revolution completely separates the new from the old system. No such chasm divides the existence of the English nation into two distinct parts. Our laws and customs have never been lost in general and irreparable ruin. With us the precedents of the middle ages are still valid precedents, and are still cited, on the gravest occasions, by the most eminent statesmen.
Page 15 - Thus while you speak in your own element, the law, no man ordinarily equals you ; but when you •wander, as you often delight to do, you wander indeed, and give never such satisfaction as the curious time requires. This is not caused by any natural defect, but first for want of election, when you having a large and fruitful mind, should not so much labour what to speak, as to find what to leave unspoken : rich soils are often to be weeded.
Page 8 - Act," 52 Geo. 3,0. 146, prescribing the mode in which registers are to be kept. This act properly provides very severe penalties for falsifying or altering the entries in registers. These penalties were no doubt in the first instance intended to be heavy money penalties. It was provided that onehalf of any penalty should be given to the informer, and the other half to the poor of the parish, if the churchwarden were the delinquent ; or if the rector were the delinquent then to such charitable purpose...
Page 5 - Stones of Venice," Mr. Ruskin writes, "the only history worth reading is that written at the time of which it treats, the history of what was done and seen, heard out of the mouths of the men who did and saw. One fresh draught of such history is worth more than a thousand volumes of abstracts, and reasonings, and suppositions and theories.
Page vi - ROTULI CuRia: REGIS. Rolls and Records of the Court held before the King's Justiciars or Justices. 6 Richard I. — 1 John. Edited by Sir FRANCIS PALGRAVE.
Page 4 - ... induce others to travel along the same road. There is no greater pleasure than to see one's disciples succeed, no greater pleasure than to feel that they are pushing along the road which leads to victory, and doing something for the ultimate happiness and benefit of the human race. PRESIDENT LOVETT: When the history of the nineteenth century comes to be written, it is doubtful whether that century will stand out more prominently as a century of science or a century of history. From some points...
Page 9 - I marvel mightily that you are so hasty in this " matter, for it is a mighty matter, and I have seen similar matters " pending for twelve years, and this matter has been pending only
Page vi - WalHae, circa 1291, fol 1802. 61754 Testa de Nevill sive Liber Feodorum in Curia Scaccarii temp. Hen. III. et Ed. I., fol, 1807. 61755 Valor Ecclesiasticus, temp. Hen. VIII., Auctoritate Regia Institutus, 6 fol, 1810-34. 31647 Wales, Ancient Laws aud Institutes of, with English Translation, 2 8vo, 1841. 61703 Wales, The Record of Caernarvon, fol, 1838. 26995 Writs, Parliamentary, Writs of Military Summons, Records, and Muniments, edited by Palgrave, 4 fol, 1827-34. •999 Records, Public, in the...
Page 26 - ... 6^d. a year, made up of various little items, of which the first two were these — , £ sd For his ancient wages of 6d. a day for 365 days - -926 For the wages of a boy under him, to keep the horse that carries the wax and parchment for the rolls and books of the Chancery, at 4^d. a day, for the same time - 6 16 loj so that after that horse had been dead for centuries a legal official in the year of the Great Exhibition received £6 16s.

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