Punch,  40 (1861), 146.

Proposed Decoration to the House of Lords



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    Announcing the proposal to confer a peerage on Benjamin C Brodie, insists that his ennoblement will 'add much to their Lordships' intellectual dignity', since 'a profession grounded on the laws of nature is infinitely nobler' than one based on human laws. The latter consists mainly of 'mercenary and fraudulent operations', compared to which painful medical operations are 'infinitely more honourable'.

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