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[52] . . . . At present he confines himself entirely to giving opinions on cases stated. Nobody sees him; and in this mighty human whirlpool he is literally unregarded and unknown. A few evenings since I dined in company with Lord Langdale, and took occasion to let him know that his sentiments concerning professional conduct had been regarded in America as a valuable contribution to the cause of professional morals. He appeared truly gratified. His Lordship is a liberal-minded man who takes an interest in jurisprudence. He regretted to find that in the State of New York they had so far adopted the English Chancery rules. He thinks we ought to abolish the distinction between Equity and Law as soon as possible.1 Story's ‘Equity Pleading’ is making its way; and Maxwell stands prepared to publish the second edition of the ‘Jurisprudence’ as soon as he receives it. The ‘Bailments’ has just been republished, with a most complimentary preface,—a preface full of warm admiration of the author. Kind regards to Mrs. Greenleaf, and thanks for her letter.

Ever affectionately yours,

To Professor William Whewell, London.

2 Vigo Street, Jan. 23, 1839.
dear Mr. Whewell,—I am so knocked up with a cold that I shall not venture to your dinner to-day. Give me my own crystal weather, rather than your murky, foggy days,—freighted with colds, catarrhs, and death. I have caught three dismal colds in the space of six weeks; all which is a monition to me to run away, and get nearer to the sun. I shall, however, be in town when you return to wind up the Geological year, and hope to have the pleasure of again seeing you. Let me thank you now for your kindness, and assure you of the great pleasure it will always give me to think of the intercourse I have been so fortunate as to enjoy with you, and to cherish the hope of renewing it by welcoming you or any of your friends to America.

Believe me ever very sincerely yours,

To Judge Story.

London, Jan. 23, 1839.
my dear Judge,—In my notes about the judges, I broke off without giving you the barons of the Exchequer. The successor of Allan Park has at last been appointed; it is the Right Honorable T. Erskine, the Chief Judge of the Bankruptcy Court.2 It so happened that I dined in company with

1 The distinction has been abolished in New York and many other States, but is still retained in Massachusetts.

2 Thomas Erskine, 1788-1864. He became Chief-Justice of the Court of Review in Bankruptcy in 1831, and a judge of the Common Pleas, Jan. 9, 1839,—resigning the latter office in 1844, on account of ill health.

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