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Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 2, Chapter 17: London again.—characters of judges.—Oxford.—Cambridge— November and December, 1838.—Age, 27. (search)
me his confidence to a remarkable extent, and told me of his future plans, his disappointments, and his high ambition. His rage against the English Government is intense. He vowed that he would never make his machine for them. No, said he, not if Palmerston and Melbourne come on bended knees before me. He is a very able man. Another morning I went with my friend, Sir Gregory Lewin, to see the Tunnel. By the way, Sir Gregory has in his dining-room the original paintings by Reynolds of Dr. Johnson and Garrick, which have been perpetuated by so many thousand engravings. How strange it seems to me to sit at table and look upon such productions, so time-hallowed, and so full of the richest associations! You must see that I write blindly on; a mere word, which I chance to hit upon, suggesting the next topic. The word associations brings to my mind Westminster Abbey. Books and descriptions will not let one realize the sweeping interests of this hallowed place. . . . Cooper and Willi
Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 2, Chapter 25: service for Crawford.—The Somers Mutiny.—The nation's duty as to slavery.—1843.—Age, 32. (search)
s to the profession,--we are disposed to regard many of the opinions of the author pronounced from the bench as evidencing even a higher order of juridical talent. In this view we may differ from others whose opinions are entitled to far higher weight than ours; yet we wish to be understood that it is not because we appreciate the Commentaries less, but the opinions more. We know of nothing in the English books surpassing in merit some of the golden judgments preserved in the volumes of Mr. Johnson. The learning of Eldon is there set forth with the grace of Stowell; and the deep researches of Hargrave, never equalled by an English judge, are rivalled on the American bench. Chancellor Kent seems to have been born with those eminent judicial qualities at which others arrive only by the experience of years. Longa aetas Pylium prudentem Nestora fecit. But the Nestor of our profession was prudent before length of days had set their mark upon him. As early as March, 1797, w
Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 2, chapter 30 (search)
II. pp. 556-558. The American sources of the annotator of English Chancery Reports were then very limited, consisting chiefly of the New York series of reports by Johnson, Paige, and Edwards, a few volumes issued in South Carolina, North Carolina, and Maryland, besides cases in equity heard in other States, which were intermingled etch of his character; and Mr. Justice Story speaks of him with the warm appreciation of a kindred mind. Lord Eldon. This is the first appearance [Waddle v. Johnson, 1789] in these Reports of one of the most distinguished characters in the English law. The Solicitor-General at this time was Sir John Scott, destined, under thethink both you and he proceed on a wrong principle. Man is properly formed to love his fellow-man, and not to dislike him. I have always detested the saying of Dr. Johnson, that he loved a good hater. Let me rather say, I love a good lover. From the kindly appreciation of the character and condition of nations and individuals w