At the end of that time, that is, in the autumn of 1810, I entered the law-office of William Sullivan, Esq., son of Governor James Sullivan, and one of the most popular lawyers in Massachusetts.
I read law with some diligence, but not with interest enough to attach me to the profession.
I continued to read Greek and Latin, and preferred my old studies to any other.
The only law-books which I remember reading with much interest were Plowden's Reports, Blackstone's Commentaries, Saunders's Reports, in Williams's edition, and Coke in black letter, which I think I never mastered.
In 1813 I was admitted to the bar, at the same time with my friend, Edward T. Channing; who knew, I think, just about as much law as I did, and who afterwards deserted it for letters, and became a professor, as I did, in Harvard College.
Mr. Buckminster, whose acquaintance I had made at Dr. Gardiner's, I met also at the houses of other friends.
I often went to hear him preach, and, a little la