literature, and the value of good catalogues, ‘the soul of libraries;’ ‘The Juridical Writings of Sir James Mackintosh
_ commending Sir James as author and magistrate, with liberal extracts from his writings; ‘The Library of the Inner Temple
criticising the library for its indifference to American law-books, in contrast in this respect with the Advocates' Library in Edinburgh
, and testifying to its richness in ancient manuscripts; ‘Barbour
's “ Equity Digest;” ’3
‘Phillips on the Law
's “Anthony Grumbler;” ’5
and ‘The Judgments of Sir Edward Sugden
As will be seen by reference to these articles, Sumner
's tastes led him to write upon authors, books, and libraries, rather than upon the law itself.
His learning and comprehension of the principles of the law were appreciated by his friends, who frequently applied to him for his views as well as for cases in point.
Among these were Mr. Daveis
, Mr. Appleton
, of Bangor
, now Chief-Justice
, Mr. Parsons
, and his classmate Browne
's time was much occupied, in 1835-36, in revising and completing Dunlap
's ‘Admiralty Practice.’
The author, Andrew Dunlap
, had mainly written the text of his book; when, in the early part of 1835, he was obliged by failing health to resign his office of Attorney
of the United States
for the District
, and to commit the revision of the text, the correction of proof, and the preparation of precedents to another.
Among the young lawyers of Boston
he selected Sumner
, with whom he had relations of friendship, as the fittest person for the service.
His whole heart was in the book, which he longed to finish.
He wrote or dictated many notes to Sumner
, from January till the time of his death in July, the last, with the preface, only four days before that event.
After his death, Sumner
made the indexes and most of the appendix, and prepared the ‘Practical Forms.’
He obtained these forms—a valuable feature of the book — from manuscript pleadings which had been tested in this country, and from English forms which he abbreviated and simplified for American practice.
Others he drew himself without such aid, to meet cases found in the reports.
These forms, carefully and skilfully prepared as they