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Shake all the host together in a hat,
And take them singly forth, whose name is that?

H--t sallies forth -- but why was he put there?
His judgeship merges all the barrister.
Long may he live that dignity to keep,
And slumber now, as once he lulled to sleep.
His name half serves my numbers to compose,
And turn dull poetry to duller prose.
Still might his long experience fit the place,
That Copley's sense without can never grace.-p.51,

52.

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Another name? 'tis thine impetuous H-
With fiery temper, and with looks of scorn.
But little read, or else of feeble brain,
That can but little at a time contain.
Prolix of speech, but course and unrefin’d,-
Thou hast no symptom of the cultur'd mind.
Thy words, like water roaring down a rock,
Astonish all, whose nerves can bear the shock;
Both rise in mists, and end at last in foam,
Thus savage nature feels with thee at home!
Far, far from me be eloquence so grand;
I like to hear, and hearing understand,
Not race thy tongue thro' all its barren track,
But stop my ears, for fear the drum should crack.-p.57.

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-th their names display ;
The last sedate, the first perhaps too gay.
This in astuteness, that excels in sense,
Matur'd by thought, and labour more intense.
The one with head erect and measur'd stride,
The pink of glory, and the pearl of pride ;.
Seems as ambitious of a taller form,
Or sick of herding with each brother worm.
That dormant eye and inexpressive cheek
But little promise in the other speak,-
In fact not much has either to admire,
Tho' each may hope to set the Thames on fire.
If little R- can make the waters blaze,
Be mine the wonder, and be his the praise.
Should plodding B-

obtain the start,
His head is deeper than his looks impart. —p.63, 64.

We are bound to say that he can praise occasionally; but few, we fancy, will wish for his commendation. Here, however, it is deservedly though most clumsily bestowed.

From realms of darkness let us turn to light-
But where, if not to thee, ingenious K - ?
An able draftsman, and a speaker bold,
By prudence guided, ne'er by fear controlled,
To clients faithful, not to foes unjust,
In better hands his suit could no one trust.
By honour urg'd, thou wilt not facts conceal,
But with strong argument their force repeal.
Thus truth is ever to thy speech attached,
Nor hopeless cause by blund’ring falsehood patch’d.
With whom can doubt on safer grounds advise?
Tho' young in years, so prematurely wise.—p. 67.

On that branch of the profession which he once pursued, six lines contain the substance of his thoughts, and are introduced as felicitously as usual.

But why thus hunt a subject off its legs ?
I do but teach my grandam to suck eggs :-
An art attornies practice far too well,--
Yoke, white, their own —a client takes the shell.
What if he grumble, theirs has been the toil,
With profit scarce to make the kettle boil.
A porter's lot would suit them better far;
No anxious cares his peaceful dream can mar;
While their reward for nightly want of ease,
Just adds a pint of ale to bread and cheese.

Conveyancers might well feel hurt, were they to suspect themselves of being neglected by an individual so discriminating as Mr. B.; and we are glad, therefore, to be able to declare, that he brings them in with particular distinction, with an image which a Spenser might have envied ; and minutely analyses the most distinguished of their class.

See from the dust a novel creature spring,
The serpents nature with an eagle's wing !
With tooth so sharp, and pow'r to soar as high
Thro' all the pathless realms of sophistry!
Conveyancer! so call’d, because his art
Can change and motion to estates impart !---p. 74,

now

But these have had their day; and P-
Assumes the sway with dictatorial brow.
And who is he? from whence? and what his claim
To be inscrib’d upon the rolls of fame?

In Devon born, he duly serv'd his time,
That long five years' apprenticeship to crime-
Which at the desk he spent without a bribe,-
The ready copyist, and the unsullen scribe.
From Shepherd's Touchstone next he drew a source
Of knowledge useful for his future course;
Thence did he learn each deed with curious eye,
To scan by practice of anatomy:-
As surgeons carefully dissect the heart,
To gain experience of each inward part.
Thus plodding on, while greater talents slept,
He and his doctrines into notice crept.
But novelty is past; and, like the worm,
That, for a time, has ta'en some brighter form,
Turns to the grub again, when life is gone ;-
So PM's glory into air hath flown.
See in his chamber, where yon mirror hangs!
'Tis there he studies for his court harangues :
Harangues, whereby he seldom gains a cause,
Yet never fails to win his own applause.- p. 77, 78.

And this forsooth is the writer who begs pardon “as a poet;” who gravely tells his readers, that “his principal objects have been truth and consistency; and presumes to assert, that he has always been honest in commendation, and never severe without reason.” 1 Consistent undoubtedly he is ; there, at least, his book will not dishonour him ; it is quite in keeping with itself, and we know nothing in modern literature to match it, except perhaps the Puffiad. As there are no symptoms of a second edition, we hope and trust that it has failed in one object at least, the recruiting the finances of the author; but were ten thousand copies at this moment circulating, our opinion of its merits would be the same. The dullness of calumny is in some sort redeemable by venom : libels are caught at, though wholly destitute of cleverness; and we no more admire the man who shows up our acquaintance or contemporaries, though some amongst us may be amused by the attempt, than we should admire a scavenger who was pelting the same persons with dirt, though very possibly we should stop to laugh at them.

1 Preface.

129

LORD LANSDOWNE'S ACT.

Substance of An Act for consolidating and amending the Statutes

in England relative to Offences against the Person,now under consideration of Parliament.

When the proposed bill shall have passed into a law,

and our criminal code become somewhat more settled than it recently has been, we shall endeavour to take a comprehensive view of this branch of jurisprudence. For the present we shall keep to the act before us, on which our readers may be anxious for information; and, although it has not as yet received the final touches of the legislature, the material parts may be looked upon as fixed.

The laws which owe their existence, or rather, we should say, their existence in their new and comprehensive shape, to Mr. Peel, relate principally to offences against the property of individuals, and to the administration of the criminal law generally; the law introduced by Lord Lansdowne relates to offences against the person.

The first section repeals the whole or parts of between fifty and sixty acts of parliament, passed at different periods, from the 9 Hen. 3. c. 26. to the 3 Geo. 4. c. 114. Of the various and complicated changes which these had severally introduced on the antecedent state of the law, we may perhaps have occasion to speak in a future number; for the present, we will proceed to the second section, which blots the crime of petittreason from our statute-book. Petit treason was either where a servant killed his master, a wife her husband, or an ecclesiastical person, secular or regular, his superior to whom he owed faith or obedience. The last of these three cases is evidently a relic of Popish superstition, or church-policy; the two former instances, the second more especially, have been distinguished in almost all ages and countries from the ordinary crime of murder.

With regard to the different kinds of criminal homicide, murder, and manslaughter, the law is left pretty much in the same state that it was before ; one or two alterations, which

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will be found convenient in practice, have been introduced. The 33 Hen. 8. c. 23., which was extended to accessaries before the fact by 43 Geo. 3. c. 113. s.6., provided that a subject of the king, who committed murder in a foreign state, might be tried in any county which the king should appoint; but in this case an examination of the accused party must first have taken place before the king's council, or three of them : it is now provided, “ that if any of his Majesty's subjects shall be charged in England with any murder or manslaughter, or with being accessary before the fact to any murder, or after the fact to any murder or manslaughter, the same being respectively committed on land out of the united kingdom, whether within the king's dominions or without, it shall be lawful for any justice of the peace of the county or place where the person so charged shall be, to take cognizance of the offence so charged, and to proceed therein as if the same had been committed within the limits of his ordinary jurisdiction; and if any person so charged shall be committed for trial, or admitted to bail to answer such charge, a commission of oyer and terminer under the great seal shall be directed to such persons, and into such county or place as shall be appointed by the Lord Chancellor, or Lord Keeper, or Lords Commissioners, of the great seal, for the speedy trial of such offender.” The trial is to take place in the usual way, by a jury of the county; and persons entitled to the privilege of peerage are to be dealt with as heretofore. The provisions of 2 Geo. 2. c. 21. whereby a person might be tried for murder, in cases where the death, or the cause of death only, happened in England, in the county or place in England where the death, or cause of death respectively happened, is by the eighth section of the present act, extended to manslaughter also. The crime of accessary after the fact to murder, instead of being a capital felony with benefit of clergy as heretofore, will now be punishable by transportation for life or imprisonment, with or without hard labour, for any term not exceeding

four years.

The late. very aggravated case, in which one Howard attempted murder by means of a blunt weapon, has induced the legislature to extend the principle of Lord Ellenborough's act far beyond its original limits, and, as we think,

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