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S. Austin Allibone, comp.  Prose Quotations from Socrates to Macaulay.  1880.
 
Lord Eldon
 
  When I first went the Northern Circuit, I employed my time, having no business of my own, in attending to the manner in which the leading counsel did their business. I left Lancaster at the end of a circuit, with my friend Jack Lee, at that period a leader upon the circuit. We supped and slept at Kirby Lonsdale, or Kitby Stephen. After supper I said to him, “I have observed that throughout circuit, in all causes in which you are concerned, good, bad, indifferent, whatever their nature was, you equally exerted yourself to the uttermost to gain verdicts, stating evidence and quoting cases as such statement and quotation should give you a chance of success, the evidence and the cases not being stated clearly, or quoted with a strict attention to accuracy and to fair and just representation. Can that,” said I, “Lee, be right? Can it be justified?” “Oh, yes,” he said, “undoubtedly. Dr. Johnson has said that counsel were at liberty to state, as the parties themselves would state, what it was most for their interest to state.” After some interval, and when he had had his evening bowl of milk punch and two or three pipes of tobacco, he suddenly said, “Come, Master Scott, let us go to bed. I have been thinking upon the question that you asked me, and I am not quite so sure that the conduct you represented will bring a man peace at the last.”
Lord Eldon: Campbell’s Lord Chancellors, vii.: Life of Lord Eldon.    
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  I never was what a statesman—an accomplished statesman—ought to be. Indeed, a lawyer hardly can be both learned in his profession and accomplished in political science.
Lord Eldon: To his daughter, Lady Frances Bankes: Campbell’s Lord Chancellors: Life of Lord Eldon, vii. 515.    
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  Our thoughts, as expressed in our respective letters, are much alike, but comparison will prove, what has been so often remarked, that female correspondence has a charm in it of which that of my sex is always devoid.
Earl of Eldon: To his daughter-in-law: Twiss’s Life of Eldon, ii. 442.    
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  Christianity is part of the law of England.
Lord-Chancellor Eldon: 2 Swanston, 527.    
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