Sir George Jessel, 1824-1883










A LECTURE1 is not a biography. My purpose is to give an account of some of the main features and stages in Jessel’s life, in so far as they may interest members ^of this Society. For it must be remembered that Jessel’s life was the law.2 An accurate picture of his career would devote a fuller description of his attitude to the law and the significance of many of his important judgments than would be appropriate tonight. This concentration on the study and practice of the law perhaps explains why Jessel is a difficult subject for a biographer. There has been no biography of Jessel. He left no text-book or treatise. He never found sufficient leisure to write his memoirs.3 He died at the height of his judicial career. In his concentration on the law he differs greatly from the other

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