justice of the matter which he advocated.
When so convinced, whether the cause was great or small he was usually successful.”
This statement of Judge Davis
in general is correct, but in some particulars is faulty.
It was intended as a eulogy on Lincoln
, and as such would not admit of as many limitations and modifications as if spoken under other circumstances.
In 1866 Judge Davis
said in a statement made to me in his home at Bloomington
, which I still have, “Mr. Lincoln
had no managing faculty nor organizing power; hence a child could conform to the simple and technical rules, the means and the modes of getting at justice better than he. The law has its own rules, and a student could get at them or keep with them better than Lincoln
Sometimes he was forced to study these if he could not get the rubbish of a case removed.
But all the way through his lack of method and organizing ability was clearly apparent.”
The idea that Mr. Lincoln
was a great lawyer in the higher courts and a good nisi prius
lawyer, and yet that a child or student could manage a case in court better than he, seems strangely inconsistent, but the facts of his life as a lawyer will reconcile this and other apparent contradictions.
I was not only associated with Mr. Lincoln
, but was frequently on the circuit with