ABSTRACT

Mr. Jabez Snavel,147 who now seated himself by the re, a er carefully dusting the chair with his handkerchief, and taking in each hand a skirt of his coat, lest the weight of his person should disagree with its texture, was what used to be termed an attorney, but is now known by the more ambitious title of a solicitor.148 His practice, however, such as it was, lay more in criminal than in civil cases. Mr. Jabez Snavel was perfectly well aware that, as self-preservation is the rst law of nature, so the practice of a written law that was brought in aid of that object, or was supposed to assist to that end, would, in all probability, be as well remunerated as the pursuance of any other branch of law with which he was acquainted. He knew very well that, when the law is broken, to the law you must apply for means to make it appear that it is not so. At all events, the compensation must be of the same material as the outrage. In like manner, one poison is prescribed to expel another; and it is popularly believed that the best way to catch a thief is to set another a er him. is was Mr. Jabez Snavel’s view of the question.