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[241] had such an elucidator. It frequently happens that the commentary is of more value than the text; and I feel very glad that my letter should have given rise to so much discussion,—to draw out and stimulate which I consider to be the chief use of any thing which could be written on the subject. It seems to me that a large portion of your national conscience is now fairly aroused on the subject; and, this being the case, I cannot but hope that fruit may speedily follow.

In 1843, Sumner began to contribute to the ‘Law Reporter,’— a magazine founded and then conducted by Peleg W. Chandler. The following articles, or notices, were written by him,—most of them brief: ‘Story on Bills of Exchange;’1Reynolds's Inaugural Dissertation in Latin at the University of Heidelberg;’2 ‘The Eightieth Birthday of Chancellor Kent;’3Hillard's Phi Beta Kappa Discourse on the Relation of the Poet to his Age;’4L. S. Cushing's Pamphlet on a Parliamentary Controversy in Massachusetts;’5Sir James Mackintosh's Discourse on the Law of Nature and Nations;’6 and ‘The University of Heidelberg.’7

In 1844, he contributed the following: ‘Wallace's Reporters;’8 ‘Reports of the State of Maine;’9Ray's Report on Insanity;’10The Number Seven;’11 ‘The Reports of the State of New Hampshire;’12Perkins's Edition of Brown's Chancery Reports;’13 ‘American Law Journals;’14 ‘Diversions in Philology.’15 And, at a later period, the following: ‘Wedgewood's Revised Statutes of the United States;’16 ‘Mackeldey's Compendium of Modern Civil Law;’17 ‘Punishments and Prisons;’18 and ‘O'Brien on Military Law.’19

His topics, it will be seen, like those of his early contributions to the ‘American Jurist,’20 were books, authors, and jurists, instead of questions of law which were then vexing the profession.

A few extracts will illustrate his style and tone of thought at this period. Of Chancellor Kent's eightieth birthday he wrote:

1 March, 1843; Vol. V. pp. 519-522.

2 May, 1843; Vol. VI. pp. 43, 44.

3 November, 1843; Vol. VI. pp. 289-296.

4 November, 1843; Vol. VI. pp. 330, 331.

5 December, 1843; Vol. VI. pp. 377, 378.

6 December, 1843; Vol. VI. p. 380.

7 December, 1843; Vol. VI. p. 381.

8 January, 1844; Vol. VI. pp. 425, 426.

9 March, 1844; Vol. VI. p. 519.

10 March, 1844; Vol. VI. p. 520.

11 April, 1844; Vol. VI. p. 529-541.

12 May, 1844; Vol. VII. p. 48-51.

13 May, 1844; Vol. VII. p. 51, 52.

14 June, 1844; Vol. VII. pp. 65-77.

15 July, 1844; Vol. VII. pp. 155-157.

16 June, 1845; Vol. VIII. p. 88.

17 January, 1846; Vol. VIII. pp. 427, 428.

18 February, 1846; Vol. VIII. pp. 477—--479

19 April, 1846; Vol. VIII. pp. 529-532.

20 Ante, Vol. I. p. 152.

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