Viewing Serjeant Robinson, "Bench and Bar: Reminiscences of One of the Last of an Ancient Race" (1889).
Serjeants-at-Law was a separate, elite order of barristers of the English and Irish bars that had a monopoly on cases before the Court of Common Pleas (where cases between individuals were tried without involvement of the Crown as a party). Serjeants was abolished in 1875. This explains the subtitle of Serjeant Robinson's 1889 memoir of his life at the bar, which includes many repeatable anecdotes and colorful portraits of other Serjeants and judges. For instance: