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[317] these advocates were as dull as possible: the whole business of this court is conducted in a conversational style. Phillimore1 and Lushington are the two chief men. You cannot conceive my gratification at hearing Dr. Harding, my friend and attendant, say, even before he knew my relation to you, ‘Your countryman Story, I think, has written the best law-book in the English language after Blackstone;’ and I must not omit to add that, before going to Doctors' Commons, I breakfasted with a friend of the common-law bar, Mr. White,2 in King's Bench Walk, Temple, and found in his library your ‘Conflict of Laws.’ All the courts of Westminster I have seen. Mr. Justice Vaughan was kind enough to quit the bench during a hearing, and speak with me. He has treated me with the greatest distinction. Day after to-morrow I dine with him to meet the Vice-Chancellor3 and Alexander,4 the old Chief Baron, with several other judges. Mr. Justice Vaughan has already mentioned my visit to Tindal and Denman, and they have been pleased to say that they shall be glad to see me. I am struck with the spirit of comity which prevails between barrister and barrister, and between bench and bar. But I should write a volume if I expressed all that is in my mind. I have heard Campbell, Follett (the best of all), Talfourd (I dine with him next Sunday), Sergeant Wilde, Erle, Williams, Platt, &c. I wish to talk with you about all these. I am going a circuit.

As ever, yours most affectionately,

P. S. Sir Charles Vaughan5 has been very kind, and made the most friendly inquiries after you. He wrote me a very warm-hearted note. Stuart Wortley has been quite civil.


To George S. Hillard.

London, June 14, 1838.
my dear Hillard,—The Ticknors are gone, and I am in this great world all alone. To be sure I already know multitudes; I frequent public places and clubs, and have been kindly received by judges and lawyers, members of Parliament and others; but I am without the sympathies of


1 Joseph Phillimore, 1775-1855; Regius Professor of Civil Law in the University of Oxford; a contributor to the ‘Edinburgh Review;’ member of Parliament, 1817-30; reporter for the Ecclesiastical and Prerogative courts; appointed, in 1834, King's Advocate in the Admiralty Court; and, in 1846, Judge of the Consistory Court of Gloucester.

2 William Frederick White, with whom Sumner breakfasted June 5.

3 Sir Lancelot Shadwell.

4 William Alexander, 1761-1842; Lord Chief Baron of the Exchequer, 1824-31.

5 Sir Charles Richard Vaughan, 1775-1849; Fellow of All Souls' College, Oxford; Secretary of Legation in Spain in 1810; Minister Plenipotentiary to Spain, 1815-16; to Switzerland in 1823; and to the United States, 1825-35 (with an absence, 1831-33). His friendly relations at Washington with Judge Story brought the latter into a correspondence with Mr. Justice Vaughan, a brother of Sir Charles. Story's ‘Life and Letters.’ Sumner, while in England, was indebted to Sir Charles for many civilities.

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