From A Compendium of Irish Biography, 1878
Dogherty, Thomas, an eminent special pleader, was born in Ireland about the middle of the 18th century. He was a self-made man, having in early life received but a slender education, and his legal knowledge was almost altogether acquired in after hours, while employed in the office of the distinguished lawyer, Mr. Bower. Besides History of the Pleas of the Crown, he was the author of the Crown Circuit Companion and other valuable legal works. The Gentleman's Magazine says of him: " The most estimable part of Mr. Dogherty's character was his private worth, his modest and unassuming manners, his independent mind, his strict honour and probity." Intense application greatly impaired his health. He died at his chambers, Clifford's Inn, London, 29th November 1805.
From a sad, comfortless childhood Giles Truelove developed into a reclusive and uncommunicative man whose sole passion was books. For so long they were the only meaning to his existence. But when fate eventually intervened to have the outside world intrude upon his life, he began to discover emotions that he never knew he had.
This is a story for the genuine booklover, penned by an Irish bookseller under the pseudonym of Ralph St. John Featherstonehaugh.
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