S.A. Bent, comp. Familiar Short Sayings of Great Men. 1887.
[John Scott, first Earl of Eldon; born in Newcastle, England, 1751; educated at Oxford; called to the bar, 1776; entered Parliament, 1783; solicitor-general, 1788; attorney-general, 1793; chief justice of the common pleas, 1799, and raised to the peerage; lord chancellor, 1801, which office he held twenty-six years, with one years interruption; retired 1827; died 1838.]
By way of apology, after Henry Brougham, who objected to Lord Eldons continually calling him Mr. Broffam, had made an able argument.
The applicant for a living answered the lord chancellor, who asked him in whose name he applied, In the name of the Lord of hosts.The Lord of hosts! exclaimed Eldon: you are the first person who ever applied to me in that lords name; and, although his title cant be found in the Peerage, you shall have the living.