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HUDDLESTON.

tralitj. It was to Baron Hilbner that the Emperor of the French made the memorable declaration, Jan. 1, 1859, that his Government was dissatisfied with that of Austria. Baron Hiibner was re- c.Uled from Paris in 1859, and after being employed in several delicate diplomatic missions, especially at Naples and Bome, he was recalled from the latter city in Aug. 1859, in order to enter as Minister of Police the new Cabinet which had just been formed at Vienna. The latter post, however, he only held a few months, and he then lived in retirement for several years. In Jan. 1866, he was again placed at the head of the Austrian Embassy in Bome, and in Oct. 1867, he was entrusted with the conduct of the negotiations with the Holy See in reference to the repudiation of the Concordat. He was soon after- wards recalled. Baron Hiibner is Grand Officer of the Legion of Honour. A translation, by Mrs. E. H. Jemingham, from the orig- inal French, of Baron Hiibner s admirable ** Life and Times of Sixtus the Fifth," appeared at London, in 2 vols., 1872.

HUDDLESTON, Thb Hon. Sir John Walter, was born in 1817 in Dublin, being the youngest son of the late Mr. Thomas Huddleston and his wife Alethea, daughter of the late Mr. Henry Hit<3iens, of St. Ives, Cornwall. He studied for a time at the University of Dublin, but did not graduate. Having chosen the law as a profession, he was, in 1839, called to the bar at Gray's Inn. His eloquence, earnestness, and tact quickly raised him to a prominent position. Dur- ing his career as an advocate, Mr. Huddleston gradually acquired an extensive practice in the Superior Courts at Westminster Hall and Guildhall, at the Central Criminal Court, and at the Middlesex Ses- sions. Mr. Huddleston's success in his profession led to his appoint- ment, in 1857, as one of Her Ma-

jesty's Counsel, on the recommenda- tion of Lord Chancellor Cran- worth. On the death of Mr. Phinn, Q.C., in 1865, he was nomi- nated Judge Advocate of the Fleet and Counsel to the Admirall^. He was also elected a bencher of his Inn ; he twice served as treasurer of that honourable society ; and he was a member of the Council of Legal Education. In Dec. 1868, he was selected by his brother Benchers as their representative at the funeral of the celebrated French advocate, M. Berryer, on which occasion he delivered an ad- dress over the bier, and was enter- tained by the French bar at a banquet at the Grand H6tel, under the presidency of M. Gr^vy. Dur- ing his professional career he was counsel in almost every case c^ importance on the Oxford Circuit, of which, in course of time, he became the acknowledged leader; he was also counsel for Cuffy the Chartist, and for Me'rcy Newton, who after three trials, covering a period of eighteen months, in the two first of which the jury could not agree, was ultimately acquitted on the charge, which was for the murder of her mother at Bridg- north ; he was junior counsel wiUi Sir Alexander Cockbum in his pro- secution of Palmer for the poison- ing of Cook at Bugely; he con- ducted for the Admiralty the prosecution of the rioters at New- castle in the paeiido Countess of Derwentwater case ; he was coun- sel for Humphrey Brown in the British Bank Case ; was also coun- sel for Mrs. Firebraoe in the divorce suit brought against her by her husband, and s3ter a trial which lasted three weeks, before Lord Penzance, he succeeded in c<nn- pletely vindicating the character of that lady from the imputation cast upon her. Mr. Huddleston was alJBO counsel for Major Fitzi^erald in another very remarkable divorce case. He successfully defended Pook for the Eltham murder^ and