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the heroic way of his fathers in sin- mented. He devised a new mode of gle combat, and then the executors carrying on his lawsuits. Not daring, threw the estate into Chancery, by as he said, lo trust his attorney out of way of settling all claims; or it fell his sight, he engaged a clientless atinto the hands of the family attorney, torney, named Egan, as his working who suddenly discovered that he solicitor, at a very liberal yearly stihad a mortgage on it, of which ‘not pend; upon the express terms of bis a shilling interest had ever been paid undertaking no other business whatfrom the first signing and sealing.' ever, and holding his office in bis Thus, in some way or other, while Lordship’s house, and under his own the high contracting, parties were direction. He next applied to Mr threatening each other with ven- Fletcher (afterwards Judge) and to geance by sword and pen, the little myself, requesting an interview; in holders held on, waiting for the de- which he informed us of his situation, cision of the fray that was never to that there were generally eight or ten be decided; till they too died, and counsel pitted against bim; but that left the matter to be settled by their he would have much more reliance heirs, and the landlord to get what on the advice and punctual attendhe could out of their bodies, for ance of two certain, than of ten stragthose by this time constituted the gling gentlemen; and that, under the only available property of the heir. full conviction that one of us, at least, But such, it must be acknowledged, would always attend the Court when were extreme cases; and the time his causes came on, and not leave was when there were few happier him in the lurch, as he had often landlords and few more willing ten- been left, he had directed his attorants than the Irish. Paying to the day ney to mark on our two briefs ten was certainly not among the failings times the amount of what the fees of the national character at any time. should be on the other side. But what they could not give in mo- cause,' said he, if you don't attend, ney they gave in what is better, zeal, to a certainty I must engage ten counkindliness of heart, and fidelity that sel, as well as my opponents.' The would follow the master to the death. singularity of the proposal set us The landlords now get better rents, laughing, in which his Lordship where they get them at all; and some- joined. times see the rent-day followed by the “ Fletcher and I accepted the offer. conflagration of their own houses." We did punctually and zealously at

But the Earl of Kilkenny was not tend those numerous trials, and were one of those heavy spirits who are most liberally fee'd; but most unsuccontent to follow in the track of the cessful, being never able to gain a age. He led the way; and deter- single cause, verdict, or motion for mined to make his tardy tenantry our client. The principle of strict comprehend as much of the law of justice certainly was with his Lord. the land as was to be taught by civil ship; but certain formalities of the action. Accordingly, he commenced law were against him; he had, in fact, suits against a whole posse of his adopted an absolute mode of profrieze-coated debtors. The debtors of ceeding, as a short cut.course made a prodigious clamour, His Lordship’s character as a man an effect which follows on all occa- of genius has been already stated. sions in Ireland, and of course had And in what is genius more disthe popular feeling entirely on their coverable, than in fertility of reside, as is the case in all instances of sources? Finding the law unfavourowing money. They soon found an able, he was not dispirited, but had attorney to conduct their defence, in recourse to that system of settling the hope of fleecing a Lord. And he contested rights which came before was now plunged into a sea of litiga. Jaw; from Themis he appealed to tion, in which one billow seemed to Bellona. The fashion was national, succeed another, until the Earl was yet he distinguished his performat once out of his depth and out of ances by a flight above nationality. his wits. His expedient on this oc- Even his pistoling was ultra-Irish. casion, however, shewed a man who This produced some most extraorthought for himself. “ His Lordship," dinary scenes. as Sir Jonab, who was one of his * Perceiving himself foiled, he decounsel, says,

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quite out of our line, namely, to fight set, a fine, dashing young fellow, it out, muzzle to muzzle, with the full of spirit, activity and animation, Attorney and all the Counsel on the after making a few graceful attitudes, other side! His first procedure on and slapping his arms together, tbis determination was a direct chal- as backney.coachmen do in frosty lenge from his Lordship to the At- weather to make their fingers suptorney, Mr Ball. It was accepted, ple, gave elderly Peter, who was no and a duel immediately followed, in posture-master, but little time to which my Lord got the worst of take his fighting position. In fact, it. He was wounded by the attor- he had scarcely raised his pistol to ney at each shot, the first taking a wabbling level, before Somerset's place in his right arm, which proba- ball came crack dash against Peter's bly saved the solicitor, as his Lord- body. The halfpence rattled in ship was a most accurate marksman. his pocket. Peter dropped; Dick The noble challenger received a se- Waddy roared murder, and called cond bullet in his side, but the out to Surgeon Pack. Peter's clothes wound was not dangerous. The at- were ripped up, and Pack, secundum torney's skin remained quite whole.” artem, examined the wound. Some

Strange as this commencement thing like a black spot designated was, the principle was followed the part where blue lead had peneup with equal eccentricity. The trated the abdomen. The doctor tactique of rebutting actions at law shook his head, and pronounced but by actions in the field, and retorting one short word— Mortal.' It was, the pen by the pistol, was pursued however, more expressive than a without deviation or delay, and his long speech. Peter groaned, his Lordship found the enemy's barris- friend Waddy began to think about ters as ready to answer to his suit the corover, his brother barristers in arms as the chivalrous and lucky sighed heavily, and Peter was supsolicitor. “My Lord and the attor- posed to be departing, when Surney having been thus disposed of geon Pack, after another fatal,' tafor the time being, the Honourable king leave of Peter, and leaning his Somerset Butler, bis Lordsbip's son, hand upon the grass to assist him in now took the field, and proceeded rising, felt something hard, took it according to due form, by a chal- up, and looked at it curiously. The lenge to Mr Peter Burrowes, the spectators closed-in the circle, to senior of the adversaries' counsel, see Peter die. The patient turned now Judge Commissioner of Insol- bis expiring eye towards the survents. The invitation not being re- geon, as much as to say, 'Good-by fused, the combat took place, one to you all;' when, lo! the doctor chilly morning, near Kilkenny. So- held up to the astonished assembly merset knew his business well. But the identical bullet, which, having Peter had yet had no practice in rattled among the heads, and harps, that line of litigation, being goodand gingerbread-nuts in Peter's tempered and peaceable. Few per- waistcoat pocket, had flattened its sons feel too warm on such occa- own body on the surface of a penny, sions, of a cold morning; and Peter and left his Majesty's bust distinctly formed no exception to the general imprinted in black and blue shading rule. An old woman who sold on his subject's carcass. Peter's spiced gingerbread-nuts in the street heart beat high; and finding that his they passed through, accosted the gracious Sovereign and the gingerparty, extolling her spiced nuts to bread had saved his life, lost as little the skies, as being fit to warm any time as possible in rising from the gentleman's stomach as well as a sod. A bandage was applied round dram. Peter bought a pennyworth his body, and in a short time, he was by the advice of his second, Dick able, though, of course, he had no Waddy, a well-known attorney in reason to be overwilling, to renew his day, and duly receiving the the combat. change of his sixpence, marched off “His Lordship having now, on his to the scene of action, munching bis part, recovered from the Attorney's gingerbread. Preliminaries being wounds, considered it bigh time to soon arranged, the pistols given, the recommence hostilities, according to steps measured, the Aints hammered, his original plan of the campaign ; and the feather-springs set, Somer- and the engagement imme':

succeeding, was between him and didly informed him that he could the late Counsellor John Byrne, have but little chance, the HonourKing's Counsel, and next in rotation able Pierce being one of the most of his learned adversaries. His resolute of a courageous family, and Lordship was much pleased with quite an undeviating marksman; that the spot upon which his son had hit he had, besides, a hot, persevering, Counsellor Peter, and resolved to thirsty spirit, which a little fighting select the same for a hit on Coun- would never quench : and as Dick sellor John. The decision appeared was secretly informed that he would, to be judicious, and, as if the pistol to a certainty, be forced to battle, itself could not be ignorant of its it being his turn, and his speedy destination, (for it was the same,) it dissolution being nearly as certain, sent a bullet to the identical level; he was recommended to settle all and Counsellor Byrne's carcass re- his worldly concerns without delay. ceived precisely a similar compli- “ But it was to be otherwise. Fate ment with Counsellor Burrowes's; took Dick's part, and decided that with this difference, that as the there was to be no coroner's inquest former had no gingerbread-nuts, the held on his body. The Honourable matter appeared more serious. I Pierce injudiciously put bis onus on asked him, during his illness, how Dick in open court before the Judge. he felt when he received the crack; An uproar ensued, and the Honourhe answered—just as if he had been able Pierce hid himself under the punched by the main-mast of a man- table. However, the Sheriff lugged of-war! Certainly a grand simile; him out, and prevented that encoun. but how far my friend Byrne was ter effectually. Pierce, with great enabled to form the comparison, he difficulty, escaped immediate incarnever divulged to me.”

ceration, on giving his honour never Monstrous as all this was, and im- to meddle with Dick or his members plying nearly as much extravagance for three years, commencing from on the side of his Majesty's Counsel the day of his onus. This was an inlearned in the law, as on that of the terruption which the Kilkenny family wild peer and his wild offspring, the could not have foreseen. Andat length business went on. His Lordship had his Lordship, finding that neither the another son, and by him the cause of laws of the land, nor those of battle, the family was now to be sustained. were likely to adjust affairs to his “ My Lord, having got through two satisfaction, suffered them to termicounsellors, and his son a third, it nate with the three duels.” became the duty of Captain Pierce But the Peerage of Ireland was by Butler, brother to Somerset, to take no means exhausted of its oddity even his turn in the list. The barristers when the Kilkenny dynasty disapnow began not much to relish this peared from the scene. The noble species of argument, and a gentle- family of the Stratfords, who once man who followed next but one on figured largely in Irish high life, the list, owned fairly to me, that he would deserve a sketch by the histowould rather be on our side of the riographer of any St Luke's under question. But it was determined by the moon. The Irish brain is unour noble client, as soon as the first doubtedly different in its construcseries of combats should be finished, tion from all other national brains, to begin a new one, till he and the and one of the evidences is its exlads had tried the mettle or touched traordinary amalgamation of Law and the inside of all the remaining bar- Duelling. The examples which have risters. Dick Guinness, a very good- been just given, are merely passing humoured, popular, lisping, dapper instances of the permanent million. little pleader, was next on the list; To other men's minds the logic of and the Honourable Pierce Butler, the courts has its natural line of his intended slaughterer, was advised, demarcation from “ dead levels,” for variety's sake, to put what is “muzzle to muzzle," and the other called the onus on that gentleman, technicals of the field ; the lingering and thereby force him to become the process of the one, and the rapid dechallenger; which, he was told, by cision of the other; the pacific acrihis spiritual adviser, would consi- mony of contending lawyers, and derably diminish the crime of killing the angry courtesy of champions him! Dick's friends kindly and can- bowing to each other at the interval

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of fifteen paces, are perfectly divided the provisions of the preceding one! in the apprehension of the more tardy Thus, if desirous of obtaining a lady's intellects beyond the borders of the hand, he made a will in her favour, “ Gem of the Ocean.” But within and let her find it by accident." those borders the connexion was es- Whether this were the final cbarm tablished by all the rules of indige- of his marriage, he at length sucnous reason. The lawsuit and the ceeded on a scale which must have duel were distinguished from each gratified bis regard for money and other, only as the five-act comedy is for alliance in a remarkable degree. from the farce of one. It was the He won and wedded the grandmore expanded form of that which daughter of the Duke of Chandos, constituted the national occupation; with a dower of L.50,000, enough to and as no man could be a gentleman have purchased the fee-simple of an without having exhibited his con- Irish principality. His successor, tempt for the laws in the field, so Earl John, was equally amusing in no man could be satisfied with his his peculiarities, equally shrewd and personal career, unless it was di. simple, equally narrow and extravaversified with a routine of appeals gant, equally dexterous in laying to the laws in every court where a traps for other men, and equally plaintiff and defendant might be apt to entangle himself in the first turned alike into beggars. The pre- that was set before him. The first sent propensities of Ireland differ act of his successor was to impeach from those ancient ones, yet more in the sanity of Earl Robert. On their form than in their spirit. The this occasion fifty-one wills were private love of lawsuits has magni- produced of his Lordship's inditing, fied itself into one great popular liti- from which the counsel on one side gation against all that takes the name proposed to establish the fact that he of English authority or Irish govern- was mad, and the counsel on the ment; and the original fondness for other side that he was sane. The individual performances on the hair quantity of provisions, the contradictrigger is now invigorated and am- tions, the verbal extravagances, were plified into popular riot, where it can a strong hold for the insanity; yet display its tastes at its ease, and popu- the skill, the knowledge of nature, Jar conspiracy where it cannot, the the humour, and the general cajoling spirit not being in the least diminish. of mankind, which the same docued in either case, but the whole form- ments exhibited, were equally irreing a national preparative for a fu- sistible in the hands of the opposing rious and general explosion of civil counsel, The Bench and the bystanwar.

ders enjoyed an unrivalled treat, Robert Stratford, Earl of Ald. but the Jury were prodigiously perborough, was a collection of qualities plexed. At length they decided the that would have delighted a drama- case on the known character of the tist. Crafty and simple, bold and man, and brought in a verdict of timid, witty and absurd, possessing sane, on the expressive ground,“ that a great variety of information, yet all knew that he was more knave often ludicrously ignorant. Shak. than fool.” speare might have cut him up at But he distinguished himself still once into Sir Andrew Aguecheek, more in a contest with that very reParolles, and Falstaff. He was called markable wan, Lord Clare, the the Lord of “a Hundred Wills," from Chancellor. Lord Aldborough had, a propensity which alone was suffi. among his predominant fancies, one ciently indicative of the compound of which, as men who know the world subtlety and simplicity which formed say, is, in itself, evidence of unsound this miscellany of a man. “ It was mind,-a fondness for building. In a general rule with him to make a the indulgence of this passion, he will or codicil in favour of any per- had purchased a fragment of ground son with whom he was desirous of in the most unsightly and desolate carrying a point; taking especial spot in the suburbs, an actual marsh, care that the party should be ac- and there erected a very shewy quainted with his proceeding. No mansion, with a chapel in one wing, sooner, however, was the end ac- a theatre in another, and as many complished, and other game started, Latin mottoes fixed upon every part than a fresh instrument annulled all of the architecture, as would have acted as a capital advertisement for a cellor; and, without delay, fell to village pedagogue. As an additional composing a book against the appelinstance of the oddity of the man, lant jurisdiction, and its chief mi. after having expended twenty or nister, contemptuous alike of the thirty thousand pounds in the build- principle, the practice, and the man, ing, the spirit of parsimony again and insisting that "it was a total had the ascendant, and a corner of abuse of justice to be obliged to apthe ground, not actually occupied by peal to a prejudiced man against his the house, was sold to a carpen- own prejudices, and particularly in ter, who immediately established his the instance of the existing Chantrade upon the spot, and wbile his cellor, who was notorious for being piles of slit deal made a most un- unforgiving to those who vexed him; sightly flanker to the handsome man. few Lords attending to hear the sion, kept up with his sawing and cause, and such as did being not hammering, a perpetual din, that much the wiser for the hearing, it must bave driven any man but a mad being the province of counsel to Lord out of his senses. But the grie- puzzle, not to inform noblemen.” vance of the carpenter was not In the course of his publication he enough to grow out of this tenement. humorously stated a case in point, A portion of the ground belonged to in which he himself had been an one of the Beresford family, then actor when travelling in Holland. very powerful, deeply engrossed in “ He was going to Amsterdam in a the politics which his Lordship dis- trekschuit, the skipper of which beliked, and closely allied to the Chan- ing a very great rogue, extorted from cellor, whom he very thoroughly him for his passage much more than hated. To law the parties went he had a right to claim. My Lord without delay: The cause was in expostulated with the fellow in vain Chancery; and, by a rare fate in that he grew rude. My Lord persisted Court, the issue was not of the Alex- —the fellow grew more abusive. At audrine length, that sees both par- length he told the skipper, that he ties into their graves. His Lordship would, immediately on landing, go was very rapidly, and very summa- to the proper tribunal, and get rerily defeated, with full costs. No- dress from the judge. The skipper thing could have been more irrita- snapped his tarry fingers in his face. ting. He loved money, he loved to Lord Aldborough paid the demand, be able to bear down every body, and, on landing, went to the legal and he had long looked on himself officer to know when the court of as one of the greatest lawyers in the justice would sit. He was answerworld. He was stung by the deci. ed, at nine next morning. Having sion in every point of his sensibility; no doubt of ample redress, he did his pride and his purse must first not choose to put the skipper on his suffer, and next his taste, for the guard by mentioning his intention. decision involved the fate of at least Next morning he went to court, and one half of his building. Still the began to tell his story to the judge, law was unfortunately open to him, who sat with his broad-brimmed hat and he plunged into the gulf without on in great state. His Lordship fanhesitation. He appealed to the cied that he had seen the man before. House of Lords, where in due sea- Nor was be long in doubt. For beson the cause came on for hearing, fore he had half-finished, the judge, and the Chancellor himself presided. in a roar, but which he immediately The Lay Lords, of course, took no recognised, for it was the identical interest in the matter. The appeal skipper who sat on the bench, defailed, and without loss of time, cided against him with full costs, Lord Clare, of the House of Peers, and ordered him out of court. His confirmed the decree of Lord Clare Lordship, howerer, said that he of the Court of Chancery, again would appeal, and away he went to with full costs against the appellant. an advocate for the purpose. He did Lord Aldborough was now at the appeal accordingly, and the next day height of indignation; and concei- bis appeal came regularly on. But ving that justice, driven from the all his stoicism forsook bim when he earth, was to be brought back only perceived that the very same skipper by the spell of his pen, he deter- and judge was to decide the appeal mined to write down the Lord Chan- who had decided the cause ; so that

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