an assault or a trespass on a neighbor's ground, as it spent in the solution of questions arising on contracts, or unravelling similar legal complications.
Lawyers depended for success, not on their knowledge of the law or their familiarity with its underlying principles, but placed their reliance rather on their frontier oratory and the influence of their personal bearing before the jury.
's store headquarters.
There politics, religion, and all other subjects were discussed.
There also public sentiment was made.
The store had a large fire-place in the rear, and around it the lights of the town collected every evening.
As the sparks flew from the crackling logs, another and more brilliant fire flashed when these great minds came into collision.
Here were wont to gather Lincoln
, Jesse B. Thomas
Only those who were present and listened to these embryonic statesmen and budding orators will ever be able to recall their brilliant thoughts and appreciate their youthful enthusiasm.
In the fall
of 1837, while I was attending college at Jacksonville
, the persecution and death of Elijah P. Lovejoy
This cruel and uncalled — for murder had aroused the anti-slavery sentiment everywhere.
It penetrated the college, and both faculty and students were loud and unrestrained in their denunciation of the crime.
My father, who was thoroughly pro-slavery in his ideas, believing that the college was too strongly permeated with the virus of Abolitionism, forced me to withdraw