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Twenty-second Lord Upjohn Lecture 1993: The Lord Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on Legal Education and the Legal Profession

In the year 1773 King George III of England, being rather short of funds, ordered a census to be taken of his new American colonies with a view to raising further taxation. The Clerk to Grafton County in New Hampshire replied in the following terms:

‘Your Majesty, Grafton County supports some two thousand five hundred and sixty souls mostly engaged in the pursuit of agriculture. But we count among our number five doctors, seven blacksmiths, fifteen wheelwrights, twenty-six preachers and one hundred and forty teachers and students at our new college of education. We have not one lawyer for which we seek to take no credit but give thanks to an almighty and merciful providence.’