Francis Pemberton, afterwards knighted, and made Lord Chief Justice of the King’s Bench in 1679. His career was a most singular one, he having been twice removed from the Bench, and twice imprisoned by the House of Commons. He twice returned to the bar, and after his second return he practised with great success as a serjeant for the next fourteen years till his death, June 10th, 1697. Evelyn says, “He was held to be the most learned of the judges and an honest man” (“Diary,” October 4th, 1683).
This text comes from a footnote on a diary entry in the 1893 edition edited by Henry B. Wheatley.
Sir Francis Pemberton is well known to have been a better practitioner than a judge, to have been extremely opiniated of his abilities, and to have rather made than declared law. The lordkeeper Guilford said, that "in making law, he had outdone king, lords, and commons."
---A Biographical History of England. J. Granger, 1779.
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