“It is the present intention of the committee to provide for the following objects:—viz—A Hall, to be open at all hours of the day; but some particular hour to be fixed as the general time for assembling: to be furnished with desks, or inclosed tables, affording similar accommodations to those in Lloyd’s Coffee House; and to be provided with newspapers and other publications calculated for general reference.”
“An Ante-room for clerks and others, in which will be kept an account of all public and private parliamentary business, in its various stages, appeals in the House of Lords, the general and daily cause papers, seal papers, &c.”
“A Library to contain a complete collection of books in the law, and relating to those branches of literature which may be considered more particularly connected with the profession; votes, reports, acts, journals, and other proceedings of parliament; county and local histories; topographical, genealogical, and other matters of antiquarian research, &c. &c.”
“An Office of Registry in which will be kept accounts and printed particulars of property intended for sale, &c.”
“A Club Room which may afford members an opportunity of procuring dinners and refreshments, on the plan of the University, Athenaeum, Verulam, and similar clubs.”
“A suite of rooms for meetings.”
“Fire-proof rooms, in the basement story, to be fitted up with closets, shelves, drawers, and partitions, for the deposit of deeds, &c.”
Upon reference to the list of members to Jan. 1831, we find their number to be 607 in town, and 88 in the country, who hold 2000 shares in the Institution. A charter of incorporation has recently been granted to the Society by his Majesty, by the style of “The Society of Attorneys, Solicitors, Proctors, and others, not being Barristers, practising in the Courts of Law and Equity in the United Kingdom,” thus giving full effect to the arrangements contemplated by this building in Chancery Lane.
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(For the Mirror.)
He mark’d two sunbeams upward driven
Till they blent in one in the bosom of heaven;
And when closed o’er the eye lid of night,
His own mind’s eye saw it doubly bright,
And as upward and upward it floated on
He deemed it a seraph—and anon.
Through its light on heaven’s floor he made,
The shadow bright of his dead love’s shade,
In her living beauty, and he wrapt her in light,
Which dropped from the eye of the Infinite.
And as she breathed her heavenward sigh,
’Twas halved by that light all radiently,
As it lit her up to eternity.
Then the future opened its ocult scroll.
And his own inward man was refined to soul,
And straightway it rose to the realms above,
On the wings of thought till it joined his love,
And though from that beauteous trance he woke
Still linger’d the thought—and he called it—hope!