"almost ruined by a long Suit in Chancery"
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One of the three divisions of the English High Court of Justice presided over by the lord chancellor, Chancery was once known for the length and tediousness of its suits. Lawyers and judges argued over trivial points of procedure for so long that their legal fees would consume any judgment, however large, and all parties in the suit were very likely to be ruined. Charles Dickens satirized Chancery bitterly in Bleak House, published in 1853. It was not till 1875 that the worst abuses were abolished.