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versed on the Way, Mr. Norris pulled out a Gold Ring set with a very rich Stone, which he presented to the Cardinal in the King's Name, in Token of his recovered Friendship. This Wolsey might easily take as a strong Confirmation that the King's Displeafure was not real, but only assumed; for he well knew the Ring, it being one of thofe Tokens usually sent him, when his Majesty desired any thing should be

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MEMOIRS of the LORD CHANCELLORS, &c. • made him impatient of an un- Wright was fallen under a high « deserved Reproach."

Degree of Contempt with all This Year Sir Nathan. • Sides; even the Tories, though 1700.

Wright was appointed • he was wholly theirs, despising Lord Keeper. Bishop Burnet says, him: He was sordidly covetous,

It was Term-time (when Lord ! and did not at all live suitable to Somers was removed) so a Va. • that high Poft." We can • cancy in thatPoft putting Things not help saying, we think the « in some Confusion, a tem- Bishop has been full free with

porary Commission was granted Sir Nathan's Character. to the three Chief Judges, to The latter End of O&. judge in the Court of Chan- William Cowper, Efq; luca 1705,

cery ; and after a few Days ceeded him; who, the Beginning • the Seals were given to Sir of May, 1707, was created a Nathan Wright, in whom there Peer, and declared the first Lord • was nothing equal to the Pott, High Chancellor of Great Bris • much less to him who had late- tain upon the Union of the two ly filled it.

Wright was a Kingdoms. • Zealot to his Party, (Tories] Ox. the 19th, Sir Si• and was become very excep- mon Harcourt, Knt. was

1711. tionable in all respects. Mo- constituted Lord Keeper ; and ney, as was said, did eve- some Months after was made

rything with him ; only in Chancellor, and created a Peer • this Court, I never heard him by the Title of Lord Hari

charged for any thing but court. great Slowness, by which the

The Character given of him Chancery was become one of by the late Queen, in the In• the heaviest Grievances of the troduction to the Patent for cres • Nation.'

ating him a Peer, is this, " There In 1705 Wright was dismissed is nothing in which we more from his Poft of Lord Keeper. " willingly exercise that Royal Upon this the Bishop, concludes Authority, which God has ens his Ascount of him thus. • trusted us with, than by 'res

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done with singular Care and Expedition. The Cardinal therefore, as he was considering what Return he should make Sir John, the Messenger of so much good News, excused himself upon Account of his present Condition; but, taking a Gold Cross from about his Neck, in which a Piece of the Holy Cross (as it was said) was inclosed, he bestowed it on him as a perpetual Remembrance of his Service. Then,

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from CARDINAL WOLSEY's Time. warding true Merit and Virtue, • diminished by the Fury of the and advancing to all suitable • Civil Wars, but not in his Dignity Men who have merit- Glory, which, being acquired ed well of us, and whose An- by military Valour, he, as a cestors have been remarkably Lawyer, has advanced by the famous in their Generation : « Force of his Wit and Eloquence: Among those, none is more « For we have understood, that conspicuous than our well-be- • his Faculty in Speaking is fa loved and very faithful Coun- • full of Variety, that many sellor, Sir Simon Harcourt, Knt. • doubt whether he is fitter to Keeper of our Great Seal ; a manage Causes in the lower Gentleman recommended to • Court, or to speak before a us by a long Descent of Pro

« full Parliament ; but it is unagenitors of very ample For- “nimously confessed by all, That tunes, and renowned for their among the Lawyers he is the

warlike Actions ever since the most eloquent Orator, and among Norman Times; one of whom, 'the Orators the most able Laws * for his Bravery fignalized un- yer. To this Praise of his Elo

der the Standard of Edward quence he has added those • the IVth, was made Knight of domestick Virtues, Magnani• the Garter : Another, fighting mity and Fidelity, supported

couragiously against the Irish • by which he has resolutely « Rebels, in the Cause of his persevered in maintaining the

• royal Master, King Charles the Cause he had undertaken, and

• Ift, the best of Princes, was in despising Danger ; and has • the first Englishman that fell kept the Engagement of Friend

a Sacrifice to their Fury. Norship, whether in Prosperity or « is there one of all that Race, Adversity, sacred and inviolar * descended from such noble An- ble. Whom therefore, fur• cestors, who has not been emi- nished with such great Endow. • nent for his Love to his Coun- « ments of Mind, and all Clients

try, and Loyalty to his Prince. having wished for to defend • He suffered, indeed, in his

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MEMOIRS of the LORD CHANCELLORS, &C. our Counsel at Law, whom Whereupon the Lord we a second time called to be

Cowper was a second time 1741. • our Attorney General, which appointed Lord High Chancellor, Office he had once before sur

(and was the only Chancellor that tained with Honour, as far as held the Seal twice) who was • it was thought convenient ;

created Earl Cowper. « whom lastly, since we perceiv- This is his Character from Mr. • ed all those Things were in. Collins. ' In all his Stations he act. • ferior to the Largeness of his • ed with strict Integrity ; and it Capacity, we have advanced

' is to his great Honour that he • • to the highest Pitch of Foren- ' refused the New-years-gifts, sical Dignity, and made him • (which former Lord Chancel.

fupreme Judge in our Court of lors received from the Council) Equity, where he still conti- . thinking it an ill Precedent,

nues to deserve higher of us, • tending to Corruption. He ' and of all good Men; and is • had a graceful Person and win. • so much a brighter Ornament ' ning Aspect ; a

• ning Aspect ; and all his • to his Province, as it is more • Speeches were delivered with « honourable than the rest he has • that Eloquence, learning and gone through. He daily dif

Judgment, as made him uni• patches the Multitude of Suitsversally applauded, and shewed • in Chancery, he removes the • he had no Superior in the Know• « Obstacles which delay Judge ledge of the Law, or any other ' ment in that Court, and takes • Subject he applied himself to.'

special Care that the successful His Lordship died in Hert• Iflue of an honest Cause should fordslvire, on the 13th of Oet, cost every Plaintiff as little as

1723, was succeeded by his may which Things, as eldest Son William, now Earl • they are very grateful to us, Cowper, who married on the • honourable to himself, and 27th of June, 1732, the Lady « bencficial to the Common- Henrietta, youngest Daughter of wealth, we think deserving of the Right Hon. Henry the pre

higher Reward. Therefore, sent Earl of Grantham, by whom &c. But, upon the Accession he hath Issue one Son and a of King George the Iit, his Lord Daughter. ship was removed from his high May the 12th, the Lord Station.--See fome Account of his Parker was declared Lord 1718. Lordship's Family, Vol.II.p. 283. Chancellor, and was soon after

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We see no great Matter in Dr. Fiddes's Some Reflec

tions thereon. long supposititious Disquisition on the Cardinal's kneeling in the Dirt, &c. (See p. 472, in his Life of the Cardinal) no more than in Mr. Salmon's Observations on the Doctor, in his History of Henry the VIIIth. Though we cannot suppose he was really

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from CARDINAL Wolsey's Time. created Earl of Macclesfield; be- and fined 30,000 l. which he ing allowed by all a Nobleman paid; and the Money, by his latê of great Abilities. Whilft his Majesty K. George the Ift's DirecLordship presided in this Court tion, was applied towards making it was discovered that much of the good the Deficiency occasioned Suitors Money was misapplied, in- by the Officers Insolvency. Howfomuch that some of the Officers, ever, we cannot omit here to give as it afterwards appeared, were Mr. Collins's Character of his unable to make good the Sums. Lordship; The Earl, as a Hufcommitted to their Trust by the band, a Parent, and a Master, Court; though often brought there, was truly beloved by every one not by the Choice of the Parties con- who stood in those Reiations to cerned, but by the Compulsion of the wards him. His Speeches on Court, under the Pretext of better publick Affairs, and in his juSecurity. t This drew on an In- dicial Capacity, shewed both quiry first before the King and • his Learning and Eloquence, Council, next in the Honourable and he favoured all Designs tendHouse of Commons, which ing to the Advancement of Learn. duced an Impeachment against ing. No Man served his Friends the noble Earl; and, to encou- . more readily, and chearfully ; rage fuch of the Masters in Chan- • and they found in him a moit cery, who had purchased I their agreeable, innocent, and inOffices, to make a Discovery structive Companion. He was touching what they had paid for a sincere and faithful Member the same, an Act passed to in- of the Church of England, condemnify them from the Forfei- ' ftantly frequenting its Aflemtures incurred by the Statute made • blies, and joining in all its Ofin Edward the VIth's Time. In fices with a just sense of Relishort, the Earl was tried at the gion, and an exemplary Piety. Bar of the House of Lords, upon • To those Supports it was owing, the Impeachment, found guilty, that, when he apprehended the

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+ See the Speech of the Right Hon, Arthur Onslow, Esq; on the Trial of the Earl of Macclesfield.

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bethinking himself of what would be acceptable to the King, he sent hiin his Fool, Patch, whom six of his tallest Yeomen were scarce able to conduct, so great a Reluctance he had to part with his old Malter ; but with this Present the King appeared very much pleased.

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MEMOIRS of the LORD CHANCELLORS, &c. our Counsel at Law, whom Whereupon the Lord we a second time called to be

Cowper was a second time 1741. our Attorney General, which appointed Lord High Chancellor, • Office he had once before suf

(and was the only Chancellor that tained with Honour, as far as held the Seal twice) who was

it was thought convenient ; created Earl Cowper. « whom lastly, since we perceiv- This is his Character from Mr. • ed all those Things were in. Collins. . In all his Stations he act. • ferior to the Largeness of his • ed with strict Integrity ; and it

Capacity, we have advanced ' is to his great Honour that he • 10 the highest Pitch of Foren- " refused the New-years-gifts, sical Dignity, and made him • (which former Lord Chancele fupreme Judge in our Court of lors received from the Council)

Equity, where he still conti- • thinking it an ill Precedent, • nues to deserve higher of us, tending to Corruption. He

• • and of all good Men; and is • had a graceful Person and win• so much a brighter Ornament • ning Aspect ; and all his

to his Province, as it is more • Speeches were delivered with • honourable than the rest he has that Eloquence, learning and gone through. He daily dif

Judgment, as made him unipatches the Multitude of Suits • versally applauded, and shewed

in Chancery, he removes the • he had no Superior in the Know• Obstacles which delay Judg- • ledge of the Law, or any other ment in that Court, and takes

Subject he applied himself to.' special Care that the successful

His Lordship died in Hert• I'lue of an honest Cause should fordshire, on the 13th of Oet, • cost every Plaintiff as little as

1723, was succeeded by his niay be ; which Things, as eldest Son William, now Earl • they are very grateful to us, Cowper, who married on the • honourable to himself, and 27th of June, 1732, the Lady • beneficial to the Common- Henrietta, youngelt Daughter of • wealth, we think deserving of the Right Hon. Henry the pre

higher Reward. Therefore, sent Earl of Grantham, by whom &c. But, upon the Accession he hath Issue one Son and a of King George the Iit, his Lord Daughter. ship was removed from his high May the 12th, the Lord Station...See fome Account of his Parker was declared Lord

1718. Lordfhip's Family, Vol.II.p. 283. Chancellor, and was soon after

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