The Bar, with sketches of eminent judges, barristers, &c. &c. A poem, with notes

The Bar, with sketches of eminent judges, barristers, &c. &c. A poem, with notes - Anonymous 120 pages of topical rhyming couplets about the English legal profession in the early 19th century. "With notes" - but of course sometimes the notes obfuscate more than they clarify. Not badly done - the occasional soaring, if rather conventional metaphor, and quite an astonishing conclusion to Part I, in which it is hoped that some "gas" will invade the collective brains of the legal profession and light all within, as the real gas had begun to light all without. This bit was far more interesting than the lists of names, or even the anecdotes in the Appendices, which seem only to prove that bad jokes are bad jokes in any century, and that lawyers of the time were unspeakably rude to each other, in and out of court! [These notes made in 1982:]