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Services and Character of SIR JOHN HOLT, I. His Father, 2. His Birth,

2. At School, 3. His Early Excesses, 3. He acts the part of a Wizard, 4.

He studies Law at Gray's Inn, 5. He is called to the Bar, 6. His pro-

fessional Progress, 5. He is a Whig, 7. He is Counsel for the Earl of

Danby and the Catholic Peers charged with being concerned in the

Popish Plot, 7. He acts as Junior to Jeffreys in a Prosecution for Libel,

8. He is Counsel for Lord Russell, 9. As Counsel at the bar he ",

the whole Hog," 9. His Argument in Earl of Macclesfield v. Starkey, 10.

Attempt to seduce him by James II., 11. He is appointed Recorder of

London, made King's Sergeant, and Knighted, 11. He refuses to abet

the arbitrary Measures of his King, and is dismissed from the office of

Recorder, 12. He is continued in his office of King's Sergeant, 12.

Landing of the Prince of Orange, 13. He acts as Assessor to the Peers,

13. He is elected a Member of the Convention Parliament, 14. Con-

ference between the two Houses on "Abdication" and "Desertion," 14.

Holt's Speech as a Manager for the Commons, 14. He takes the Oaths

to William and Mary, 16. He is appointed Chief Justice of the King's

Bench, 17. His Merits as a Judge, 18. He is praised by the Tatler, 19.

His Reporters, 20. His celebrated Judgment in Coggs v. Bernard, 21.

He lays down the Doctrine that a Slave becomes free by breathing the

Air of England, 22. His Construction of the Statute requiring Persons

to attend their Parish Churches, 23. He puts an end to the Practice of

giving Evidence against a Prisoner of prior Misconduct, and of trying

Prisoners in Fetters, 24. Holt's Influence with his Brother Judges, 24.

Weight of his Opinion with the Public, 25. His Conduct in presiding at

the Trial of State Prosecutions, 21. Trial of Lord Preston for High

SIR THOMAS PARKER, afterwards Earl of Macclesfield, Chief Justice, 65.

His Life already written, 66. Vacancy in the Office of Chief Justice of

the King's Bench on his Promotion to be Chancellor, 66. SIR John

PRATT, Chief Justice, 67. His Origin and Progress at the Bar, 67. He

iş made a Puisne Judge, 68. Chief Justice of the King's Bench, 68. His

most celebrated Judgment, 68. His Doctrine of Suspension overturned, 69.

Chief Justice Pratt's Conduct in Dr. Bentley's Case, 70. He tries Layer

for High Treasure, 72. His Opinion respecting the Power of the King

in the Marriage and Education of the Royal Family, 74. His Death, 75.

LORD RAYMOND, 75. Son of Sir Thomas Raymond, 75. He is called

to the Bar, 77. His Eminence as a Reporter, 77. Witchcraft put an

end to by the Prosecution of an Impostor, 77. Prosecution of Beau

Fielding for Bigamy, 78. Raymond is Counsel for Lindsay the Jacobite,

78. Raymond made Solicitor General by the Tories, 79, Raymond in

Opposition, 79. His Speech against the Septennial Bill, 79. He joins

the Whigs and is made Attorney General, 81. His Speech for the Crown

in Prosecuting Layer, 81. He sinks in a Puisne Judge, 82. He is made

Chief Justice of the King's Bench, 83. He is raised to the Peerage, 84.

His Doctrine that the Publisher of an abscene Libel may be prosecuted

for a Misdemeanor, 85. He settles the Law respecting Murder and Man-

slaughter, 86. Major Oneby's Case, 86 Liability of Jailer for Murder

by Neglect, 91. Lord Raymond on the law of Libel, 95. Lord Ray-

mond's Nisi Prius Decisions, 97. Lor Raymond's Abstinence from

Politics, 97. His Opposition to the Bill for conducting Law Proceedings

in English, 97. His Death, 98. His Monvment, 98. His Epitaph, 99.

Panegyric upon him, 100. LORD HARD VICKE Chief Justice of the

King's Bench, roo. Difficulty in filling up the Office on his Promotion

tc be Chancellor, 101. SIR WILLIAM LEE Chief Justice of the King's

Bench, 101. His Birth, 102. Prophecy as to the Effect of Plodding and

Perseverance, 102. His Passion for Special Pleating, 103. His Victory

in a great Settlement Case, 104. He is Counsel in Appeal of Murder,

104. His Dislike of the House of Commons, 105. He is made a luisne

Judge, 105. His Intimacy with Lord Hardwicke, 106. He is inade

Chief Justice of England, 106. His increasing Popularity, 107. His

Judgment in favor of the "Rights of Women," 107. Other important

Points decided by him, 108. Trial of the Rebels at St. Margaret's › Hill,

109. Ccionel Townley's Case, 109. An Execution for High Tren,

II. M'Growther's Case, III. The Kinlochs' Case, 112. Sir hn

Wedderburn's Case, 114. Signal Defeat of Chief Justice Lee in a 7 ial

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