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I am sorry to inform you that the ‘American Jurist’ has now ceased to be published. It consists of twenty-eight volumes. The editors have all become absorbed in other duties of life, and have not been able to devote their time to the journal. Another journal has been commenced at Philadelphia; but I doubt if it will receive sufficient favor to induce its editors to continue it. My friend, Mr. Chandler, the accomplished author of the volume entitled ‘Criminal Trials,’ has published for some time a very interesting monthly journal, entitled the ‘Law Reporter,’ some numbers of which I hope to be able to include in my parcel for you.

The criminal law seems to excite very little interest in the United States now. The commissioners in Massachusetts will probably make their report this winter. It has been expected for a long time. One of the most successful juridical treatises that has appeared in our country for many years is the work of Professor Greenleaf on ‘Evidence.’ It is now passing through a second edition. It is written with singular neatness and exactness, and has already become a classical work among the lawyers of America. The author is now preparing a second volume on the same subject, in which he will consider it with a view to the practical questions that may arise before the jury. The first volume was devoted to the general principles of the subject.

I was quite gratified and astonished to observe that your last letter was in English; but there seems to be nothing that does not yield to German perseverance and ability. Remember me most kindly to your family, particularly to those two sons (boys when I saw them) whose appearance gave such promise of future excellence; and believe me

Very sincerely yours,


To Charlemagne Tower, Waterville, N. Y.

Boston, Sept. 18, 1843.
my dear Tower,—I had the pleasure of receiving your eloquent discourse only day before yesterday; and, without leaving my seat, I at once enjoyed it to the end. I was truly delighted to see the influence which you are exerting upon your part of the country; for I know that it will always be employed in the cause of human improvement. Perhaps we might differ by some shades on some of the topics that arise in your discourse. I have always thought it a misfortune that foreigners may so easily be admitted to the privileges of citizenship. It were better, as it seems to me, if the law required a residence of ten years, instead of five. The latter period is too short for them to acquire the knowledge which is essential to a wise participation in public affairs. Of course, there are exceptions; for we have among us foreigners of extensive erudition and vigorous talents: but the mass, for whom legislation is most important, are ignorant, illiterate, and often shiftless and unprincipled. Our institutions, more than those of any other land, stand on intelligence. I believe in the capacity of the people to govern themselves, but only when disciplined by education and elevated by moral truth.


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