--There are thirteen eminent Englishmen who have risen to high stations in life from obscurity.
We have the following enumeration:
Lords Eldon and Stowell
--sons of a barge maker and small coal dealer at Newcastle
.--Lord Tenderden--son of a barber at Canterbury
; he received a very poor education, but obtained the means to go to college; while there he enjoyed from a company in the city of London
an exhibition of £3 per year until he took his degree.
Lord Gilford--prior to his being called to the bar, was many years a poor clerk to a solicitor near Exeter
Lord Langdale, the master of the rolls, was many years a poor practicing surgeon.
Sir John Williams
, one of the judges of the Queen
's bench — son of a very poor horse dealer in Yorkshire
Lord Truc--son of a very poor man in Cornwall
, married a first cousin of Queen Victoria, Mr. Baron Gurney
--his mother kept a small bookstore for pamphlets in a court in the city of London
. Lord Campbell, the present Lord Chancellor, was for many years reporter to the Morning Chronicle. Lord St. Leonard
--son of a barber, and was formerly a clerk.
Chief Justice Saunders
, whose precepts to this day form the best text book to pleaders, was a beggar boy, first taken notice of by an attorney, who employed him in his office.
Lord Haneyon--boot black and errand boy. Lord Hardwick--an errand boy. George Canning
— son of a poor strolling player.