Motes And Beams: Lord Browne-Wilkinson

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On the opening of the then new Law Courts by Queen Victoria, the judges prepared a loyal address which started (some may think pompously): ‘Conscious as we are of our manifold shortcomings…’ A very distinguished judge objected to this opening, saying that he was not conscious of any shortcomings, let alone manifold ones. At this, another equally distinguished judge suggested that the difficulty could be overcome by substituting for the offensive phrase: ‘Conscious as we are of each other’s manifold shortcomings…’

The Rt Hon Lord Browne-Wilkinson

Senior Lord of Appeal in Ordinary, in Favourite Wisdom, edited by Deborah Cassidi
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Author of books on Calcutta, Delhi and Dar es Salaam, I am now blogging as a lay person about the Church of England and the Anglican Communion. I am also blogging about the effects of World War One on the village of St Mary Bourne, Hampshire.
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