|Sir Henry Hawkins|
As Sir Henry Hawkins, of the High Court of Justice, alighted from his coach, his judge's wig caught the top of the door and was lifted from his head. And his head was said to have looked as round and bald, as a marble.
The street urchin children, gathered in a crowd, burst out laughing, and very irreverent laughter it was.
Sir Henry had come as usual to St, Mary's, the university church of Oxford, for the special service held to mark the opening of the assizes, or court sessions.
|Rev Cosmo Gordon Lang|
"... as he was going up by the way, there came forth little children out of the city, and mocked him, and said, Go up, thou bald head; go up, thou bald head."
When the service was over, Sir Henry remarked to the vicar, with a dry smile, "A very excellent sermon - on a very apposite text."
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