I. John, an English advocate and author, born in London in 1766, died July 16, 1845. He studied in London, was admitted attorney and solicitor in 1790, and was called to the bar in 1807. He soon obtained the character of an adroit, skilful counsellor, and practised chiefly at the Old Bailey in criminal cases. His forensic reputation was not fully established till 1820, when, on the trial of the "Cato street conspirators," he defended Ar-thur Thistlewood, charged with high treason, with marked ability, though his client was convicted. From that time his practice at the bar was large and lucrative, but his warmth of temper frequently led him into undignified squabbles. His reports are referred to as authority. His principal works are: "The History of England from the Accession of George III." (3 vols., 1805, of which a new edition enlarged to 7 vols., but still unfinished, appeared shortly before his death), and "Biographical Memoirs of the French Revolution." See " Recollections of John Adolphus," by his daughter (1871).
II. John Leyeester, a barrister, son of the preceding, highly distinguished himself at the university of Oxford, and published in July, 1821, a work which Lockhart says " was read with eager curiosity and delight by the public, with much diversion, besides, by his [Sir W. Scott's] friends, and which Scott himself must have gone through with a very odd mixture of emotions." This book is entitled " Letters to Richard Heber, Esq., containing critical remarks on the series of novels beginning with Waverley, and an attempt to ascertain their author." The purpose of this book was to prove, from Scott's acknowledged writings, and from other known circumstances connected with his personal history and position, that he and none other could be the author, sole and unassisted, of the Wa-verlev novels.