Caloric

J. G.
1832 The Dublin Penny Journal  
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His removal from office on this, as on the former occasion, was the consequence of his asserting the rights of the House of Commons against the encroachments of prerogative, exercised at this time in the most arbitrary manner, through the medium of a corrupt privy council. He maintained the privilege of the House to originate the supplies; and though this act of resistance, as, it was called, did not fall within the exercise of his judicial functions, yet as it was an act of integrity, it was thought' by the court as a disqualification in him for the office of aj udge ; and, " as he was raised to that office for his capacity, he was dispossessed of it for his virtue." Afterthis, he resumed his barrister's gown, and was soon afterwards honoured with a seat in the Privy Council, and a patent of precedence at the bar before any of the law officers of the Crown-a precedency, as was justly observed in the same publication, which nature had given him before, andt which the king could not take from him. He continued in possession of full'business to the week before his death, which took place on the 8th of May, 1776, after an illness of eight days. The following character of this distinguished man is abridged from a sketch contained in a work of one of his contemporaries, and we regret that the limits bof our periodical do not permit us to transcribe it entirei, . . " The singular modesty, disinterestednes, 'and imtegrity of this accomplished orator, added such a grace and lustre to, his consummate abilities, that it was impossible not to love and respect, as well as admire him. "The profession in which he was engaged, and of which he had the profoundest knowledge, was peculiarly'walculated to display the soundness of his judgment antd'the .fertility of his invention. The clearness and strength -of his conceptions, and the simple and perspicuous method in whick he arranged the most complicated subjects, made conviction appear the natural and necessary result of his eloquence, insomuch that, when he spoke on the side of truth and justice, and addressed an able and upright judge, he usually swayed and.decided his opinion by aluminous statement of the question in dispute which he afterwards enforced by accumulated arguments, urged with such weight, and placed in such various lights, that they seldom failed to force conviction on the slowest apprehensions and most unwilling minds. If he could be said to have any defect as an advocate, it resulted from that integrity of understanding which formed the basis of his character as a lawyer and a judge. He was never perplexed with subtilties himself, and was unwilling, we had almost said, unable to perplex and mislead others. His irresistible power of persuasion seemed, therefore, in some measure to desert him, when his duty to his client called on him 'to enforce doctrines which the rectitude of his judgment had already condemned. Yet to this circumstance it was perh aps owing that he kept his discernment untainted by the indiscriminate defence of right and wrong, and his faculties unimpaired to the last, and did never meet with the fate of many of the same profession, ,who begin with dexterity in confounding others, and end in confusing themselves. " His style was a perfect model for the eloquence of thie bar; always adequate, and never superior to his subject. He seemed studiously to avoid, as hurtful to his purpose, all ardentia verba, all ornaments of language, and all flowers of rhetoric; so the force of his speech resulted rather from the general weight, energy, and excellence of the whole, than from the splendour of particular parts. All was clear and flowing, simple, yet impressive; and such was the comprehension of his mind and the accurnacy of his expression, so perspicuous his arrangements, and so numerous his arguments, that when he ceased to speak, the subject appeared utterly exhausted; there was nothing omitted, nothing superfluous, and to add to his speech, or to confute it seemed equally impossible. " Even the less splendid qualities and petty habits of this extraordinary man may not be humvbrthy of being re-THE DUBLIN PENNY JOURNAL. 2 0 0 7
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