Perhaps this is the greatest name after Lord Bacon in the English Chancery.
He was born at Dover, 1690, and was called to the bar, 1715.
At the age of twenty-nine, in 1720, he became Solicitor-General; in 1724, Attorney-General; in 1733, Chief Justice of the King's Bench, as successor to Lord Raymond; in 1737, Chancellor, with the title of Baron Hardwicke (his name was Philip Yorke); in 1754 he was created Earl of Hardwicke.
He resigned his high office in 1756, and died in 1764.
His influence in the House of Lords is said to have been greater than that of any other person in the kingdom.
But it is as a great magistrate that he commands the homage of the bar. It is said that, during the twenty years that he presided in Chancery, three only of his judgments were appealed from, and those were afterwards confirmed in the House of Lords. Mr. Charles Buller has given an interesting sketch of his character; and Mr. Justice Story speaks of him with the w