which, under the circumstances, somewhat amused his companions.
At the beginning of September, 1834, Sumner
, anxious to enter at once on practice,—there being no court in session at Boston
having authority to grant admissions to the bar,—applied to the Court of Common Pleas, sitting in Worcester
(Chief-Justice John M. Williams
, presiding), where on the third of that month he was admitted as an attorney, after a recommendation by the bar of Worcester County
, of which Pliny Merrick
and Charles Allen
were then the leaders.
D. Waldo Lincoln
a fellow student in College and at the Law School, who was admitted at the same time, interested himself in the preliminary arrangements for Sumner