Questioning





Sir John Fielding gave a curious instance in the case of an
Irish fellow who was brought before him when sitting as a magistrate at

Bow-street. He was desired to give some account of himself, and where he

came from. Wishing to pass for an Englishman, he said he came from Chester.

This he pronounced with a very rich brogue, which caught the ears of Sir

John. "Why, were you ever in Chester?" says he. "To be sure I was," said

Pat, "_wasn't I born there?_" "How dare you," said Sir John Fielding, "with

that brogue, which shows that you are an Irishman, pretend to have been



born in Chester?" "I didn't say I was born there, sure; I only asked your

honour whether I was or not."





Thelwall, when on his trial at the Old Bailey for high treason, during the

evidence for the prosecution, wrote the following note, and sent it to his

counsel, Mr. Erskine: "I am determined to plead my cause myself." Mr.

Erskine wrote under it: "If you do, you'll be hang'd:" to which Thelwall

immediately returned this reply: "I'll be hang'd, then, if I do."





Peter the Great, being at Westminster Hall in term time, and seeing

multitudes of people swarming about the courts of law, is reported to have

asked some about him, what all those busy people were, and what they were

about? and being answered, "They are lawyers." "Lawyers!" returned he, with

great vivacity, "why I have but four in my whole kingdom, and I design to

hang two of them as soon as I get home."





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