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A Sketch of the Life of the late Henry Cooper Barrister-at-Law, of the Norfolk Circuit; as also, of his Father   By:

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HENRY COOPER

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Transcribed from the [1856] W. & H. S. Warr edition by David Price, ccx074@pglaf.org

{A slight sketch of my Father, when over 70, taken in Court by Mr. Joseph Geldart of Norwich: p0.jpg}

W. & H. S. Warr 63, High Holborn

A SKETCH OF THE LIFE OF THE LATE HENRY COOPER, BARRISTER AT LAW, OF THE NORFOLK CIRCUIT; AS ALSO, OF HIS FATHER,

BY HIS SON,

WILLIAM COOPER, ESQ., B.A., Oxon.,

Of Lincoln's Inn , Barrister at Law ;

AUTHOR OF THE DRAMAS OF

"THE STUDENT OF JENA," "MOKANNA," "ZOPYRUS," &c.

"MEMINISSE JUVAT."

LONDON: PRINTED AND PUBLISHED BY W. & H. S. WARR, 63, HIGH HOLBORN.

DEDICATION.

To MR. SERGEANT STORKS.

DEAR MR. SERGEANT,

To you I dedicate this sketch of the Life of my late brother, Henry Cooper; and, for three good reasons the first, because, you were associated with my brother on circuit, knew him well, and were one of those, who being often opposed to him in court, were best able to appreciate his talents, eloquence, and the general powers of his mind; my second, because, when young, I have listened often to your eloquence, and been made merry by your wit and humour; my third, because, you have known all my family, and by one and all are much respected; and my dear Mr. Sergeant, with kind regards to yourself, and best wishes to you and yours,

Believe me, Yours very truly, WILLIAM COOPER.

3, HARE COURT, TEMPLE, December , 1856.

PREFACE.

KIND READER,

In attempting the life of my late brother, who, after struggling for years at the bar in almost obscurity, had, on a sudden, his brilliancy noticed and his great talents acknowledged, and no sooner had he reached that eminence in his profession, when all was made easy before him, than unpitying Clolho stept up, and cut his thread of life; I must ask your indulgence, for the reasons you will see, as you proceed in this my life of him, as also, from the very scanty materials I have been able to collect for it. How the first idea of this suggested itself to my mind, I will tell you; a few days ago, I was about to re publish some Dramas, written by me in earlier years, and thinking one of them would scarcely make a volume by itself, the thought struck me , on looking over my treasures, and finding some verses of my brother Henry in his own hand writing, amidst many youthful rhymes of my own and of my family, that I would string them together, and so swell the work alluded to. To do this I thought it necessary to affix a short heading to each, to particularize the writer, and for this purpose wrote, to head my brother's, a short biographical sketch of him, consisting of about thirty lines, and quitting my house, left it on my way to chambers at my printers, returned home, the labours of the day over, went to bed, but not to sleep, thought of my late brother, of that I had written of him, pondered over the past anecdotes of his life, that had been often told me, recalled his image to my memory, and amidst airy visions of the past, of my father, earlier days, and of youthful pleasures mixed with pain, fell asleep BUT with a determination. To carry it out, on the morrow I began this sketch. You must judge how I have performed my self imposed task, and wishing it may amuse you, and encourage young aspirants who shall chance to read it, not to give way under difficulties, but strenuously to persevere, seeing how much may be achieved by diligence and a determination not to yield, remembering ever the good advice and the useful maxim delivered of old:

"Tu ne cede malis sed contra Audacior ito " "Possunt quia posse videntur."

I am, yours faithfully, W. COOPER.

LIFE OF HENRY COOPER.

The subject of the present memoir, Henry Cooper, was born at a house in Bethel Street, in the City of Norwich, now well known as the late residence of Alderman Hawkes, and where resided for many years his father, Charles, now better known as Old Counsellor Cooper, a remarkable man, who, like the late William Cobbett, though of humble origin, possessed one of those minds that will and must, as they have ever done from the time of Deioces of Ecbatana (recorded by Herodotus) till now, elevate the possessor and compel the homage, whilst exciting the no small envy of inferior intellects... Continue reading book >>




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