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THE

LIVES

OF

THE LORD CHANCELLORS *

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KEEPERS OF THE GREAT SEAL

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ENGLAND,

FROM THE EARLIEST TIMES TILL THE REIGN OF
KING GEORGE IT; ' - /

BY '.'
JOHN LORD CAMPBELL, LL.D. F.R.S.B-, -

IN SEVEN VOLUMES.

VOL. VII.

SECOND AMERICAN,
FROM THE THIRD LONDON EDITION.

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CONTENTS

CHAPTER CXCI.

LIFE OF LORD CHANCELLOR ELDON FROM HIS BIRTH TILL HIS MARRIAGE.

Last of the Lives of the Lord Chancellors, 33. The Author's Advantages and

Difficulties in writing this Memoir, 33. Lord Eldon's fabulous Descent from

the Magician, Sir Michael Scott, 33. His true Pedigree, 34. His Mother,

frightened by the Rebels in 1745, is brought to bed of her eldest Son in the

County of Durham, 36. Birth of John Scott, Lord Eldon, 36. His Infancy,

37. He is taught to read, 37. He is at the Grammar School under Mr. Moises,

37. Early Manifestation of the different Characters of William and John Scott,

37. Stories told by Lord Eldon of himself when he was a Schoolboy, 38. Pro-

gress of John Scott in his Studies at School, 39. His Affection for his Master,

39. His Father about to bind him Apprentice to the Business of a Coal Fitter,

10. His brother William advises that he should be sent to Oxford, 40. His

Journey thither, 40. His Matriculation, 40. He is elected a Fellow of Uni-

versity College, 41. He is intended for the Church, 41. Bad Puns, 41. His

Examination for the Degree of B. A., 42. He gains the Prize for the English

Essay, 43. Specimens of his Composition, 43. His Modesty, 44. Humorous

Letter from him to a Fellow Student, 45. His Prospects, 45. Change of his

destiny by Marriage, 45. Courtship of John Scott and Bessy Surtees, 46. They

fall in love with each other at first Sight, 46. They are engaged, 46. Obsta-

cles to their Union, 46. Their Flirtations, 47. His Family relent, 47. Hers

inexorable, 47. She is sent on a visit to Relations in London, 48. He pursues

her, 48. His Letter to a Confidant, 48. Her Family try to force her to marry

another, 50. She elopes with Mr. Scott, 50. They are married in Scotland,

51. Their Wedding-night, 52. Conduct of his Family on this Occasion, 52.

They are forgiven by his Father, 52. Her Father long implacable, 52. Plan

of making the future Chancellor a Grocer, 53. Letter from him explaining his

Feelings and Views, 53. His exemplary Conduct as a married Man, 54. Her

parents are reconciled to her, 55. Settlement on Mr. and Mrs. John Scott, 56.

Letter from Lord Eldon to his Father-in-law, 56. They are re-married at New-

castle, 57. They bid a final Adieu to Newcastle, 57.

CHAPTER CXCII.

CONTINUATION OF THE LIFE OF LORD ELDON TILL HE WAS CALLED TO THE BAR.

Mr. John Scott takes to the Study of the Law, and is entered of the Middle Tem-

ple, 58. He officiates at Oxford as Vice Principal of New Inn Hall, 58. His

Lecture on "Men running away with Maidens," 58. He takes Pupils, 58.

His Anecdotes of Dr. Johnson, 5J. His first Judgment, 59. His vigorous Stu-

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