always intermixed the trial of his cause with jokes, even sometimes hazarding verdict and friends; and this, coupled with his sarcasm, clear logic, keen, brilliant wit and eloquence, caused much discomfiture to his opponent, and made him a wily, dangerous adversary at the bar. The more difficult and intricate his case, the sharper became his intellect and the more terrible his weapons of battle.
Distinguished as a jury advocate, he was entitled to standing with Butler, Sidney Bartlett, E. Rockwood Hoar or Josiah Abbott.
He was appointed Clerk of the Courts for Middlesex, but he was like a bound gladiator and longed for the excitement of the forum.
He occupied the position about a month, and said that if he stayed in the position another month he should have gone crazy.
Many and severe were the clashes between Butler, Somerby and Griffin.
Griffin once wrote an article entitled a Portrait of Butler by a House Painter, in the Bunker Hill Aurora, for which Butler never forgave him