best mode of obtaining a thorough knowledge of the law. “The mode is very simple,” he responded, “though laborious and tedious.
It is only to get books and read and study them carefully.
Begin with Blackstone
's Commentaries, and after reading carefully through, say twice, take up Chitty
's Pleadings, Greenleaf
's Evidence, and Story
's Equity in succession.
Work, work, work, is the main thing.”
never believed in suing for a fee. If a client would not pay on request he never sought to enforce collection.
I remember once a man who had been indicted for forgery or fraud employed us to defend him. The illness of the prosecuting attorney caused some delay in the case, and our client, becoming dissatisfied at our conduct of the case, hired some one else, who superseded us most effectually.
The defendant declining to pay us the fee demanded, on the ground that we had not represented him at the trial of the cause, I brought suit against him in Lincoln
's absence and obtained judgment for our fee. After Lincoln
's return from the circuit the fellow hunted him up and by means of a carefully constructed tale prevailed on him to release the judgment without receiving a cent of pay. The man's unkind treatment of us deserved no such mark of generosity from Lincoln
, and yet he could not resist the appeal of any one in poverty and want.
He could never turn from a