A Small Inheritance

IT was the habit of Lord Eldon, when Attorney-General, to close his

speeches with some remarks justifying his own character. At the trial of

Horne Tooke, speaking of his own reputation, he said: It is the little

inheritance I have to leave my children, and, by God's help, I will

leave it unimpaired. Here he shed tears; and, to the astonishment of

those present, Mitford, the Solicitor-General, began to weep. Just look

at Mitford, said a by-stander to Horne Tooke; what on earth is he

crying for? Tooke replied, He is crying to think what a small

inheritance Eldon's children are likely to get.