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Lives of the Lord Chancellors of England and Keepers of the Great Seal of England

By Lord Campbell

1874 - New York - George W. Smith and Company

 8.5" by 6", (xv), 473; (vi), 445; (vi), 469; (vi), 452pp.

 

 
 
 
 

 

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A collection of John Campbell's Lives of the Lord Chancellors.

New edition, edited by John Allan Mallory.

"From the Earliest Times till the Reign of Queen Victoria."

John Campbell, 1st Baron Campbell was a British Liberal politician, lawyer, and man of letters. Perhaps his most important appearance as a Member of Parliament (MP) for Stafford was in defence of Lord John Russell's first Reform Bill (1831). In a speech, based on Charles James Fox's declaration against constitution-mongering, he supported both the enfranchising and the disfranchising clauses. The following year (1832) found Campbell Solicitor General, a knight and member for Dudley, which he represented until 1834. In that year he became Attorney General and was returned by Edinburgh, for which he sat until his ennoblement in 1841. One of his first acts as Attorney General was the prosecution of a bookseller called Hetherington on the charge of blasphemous libel. In this case Campbell gave his opinion that morality depended on divine revelation; "the vast majority of the population believe that morality depends on entirely on revelation; and if a doubt could be raised among them that the ten commandments were given by God from Mount Sinai, men would think they were at liberty to steal, and women would think themselves absolved from the restraints of chastity".

Volumes one, two, three and five, of the original eleven volumes (with index).

Adorned with numerous plates, many of which depict seals in colour. Collated complete with nineteen plates to volume one, five plates to volume two, three to volume three, and two to volume five.

CONDITION

All volume are in their original cloth bindings. Externally, all volumes are lightly rubbed, with chipping to the spines and extremities. Loss to the backstrips of volumes one and two. Straining to the front hinge of volume one and two, and front hinge to volume three and five, and rear to volume five, are all tender. Internally, generally firmly bound and bright, with only the occasional spot and handling mark. Minor damp staining to the rear endpapers of volume one. Overall: GOOD ONLY.


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