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Work: [1] 'The Book of Humour, ...'(1880, book)
> Transcription: [64] from page s: 54-55
>> Joke: 81

Anecdote of Lord Jeffrey.

When the late Lord Jeffrey was an advocate, he occasionally paid Dumfries a professional visit. On one occasion,he was employed to defend a respected bailie of the burgh, who had, in a case with which the Incorporated Fleshers of Dumfries were concerned, spoken of them in an uncomplimentary style. Theybrought an action of damages against the magistrate, on the ground that he had applied to them a phrase which sounded very like the words, "a pack of swindlers." Mr. Jeffrey admittedin court that his client had used language very like what was attributed to him— language which he (the learned counsel) must allow was not quite courteous, nor yet perfectly correct. The pursuers did not cary on a traffic in pigs, but in the carcases of sheep and cattle, and hence to say that they dealt in swine was scarcely true, but he submitted that the epithet, "a pack of swine-dealers," was a very different thingfrom "a pack of swindlers," andhe trusted the jury wouldsee this to be the case, and honourably acquit the defendant of allintention to libel the Honourable theCorporationofFleshers. The representation of the ingenious advocate was so plausible in itself, and so cleverly pleaded, that the jury,accepting his version of the case, found that there was nothing libellous in calling butchers swine-dealers, and at once returned a verdict of acquittal.



  • Book title: The Book of Humour, Wit & Wisdom. A manual of table-talk. [By L. C. Gent?]]
  • Date: 1880
  • Joke taken from: Page 54
  • Book Editor: GENT, L. C.
  • City: London, Edinburgh
  • Country: England, Scotland
  • Added by: ben
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