the leaders of the bar, was the counsel on the other side.
He filed a motion to set aside the verdict; but before the court passed upon it the case was settled by the parties.
made a formidable brief of the law. Mr. Dexter
, in filing one which only stated his points, wrote him that ‘his junior would ornament it with authorities.’
had in December, 1843, argued the equity suit, which Judge Story
decided adversely to him.1
, who was firmly opposed to his view of the case, and ruled against him on the most important points during the trial of the action at law, was vexed at his persistency.
In this prolonged litigation, Sumner
showed his power as a lawyer to better advantage than in any legal controversy in which he was ever engaged.
It involved labor, research, the massing of testimony, the application of abstruse doctrines of law, and required pertinacity both in contending against the adversary and in endeavoring to persuade the court that he was right; and in all this he showed professional ardor and fidelity.
The printing of the new edition of ‘Vesey
’ was not suspended during Sumner
edited the fifth, seventh, eighth, ninth, tenth, and twelfth volumes; and Mr. Charles B. Goodrich
It remained for Sumner
to supply notes to the sixth and the volumes succeeding the twelfth.
Resuming the work in December, he completed it the following May,—when, with a sense of relief from his burden, he wrote: ‘The edition (in twenty volumes) is all printed; and that millstone has fallen from my neck.’
From Professor Greenleaf
he received the following note: