to himself while the lawyers took pot luck, the best they could find.’
The judge had many and interesting tales of his life in the South
was a better lawyer than he was credited to be. He was quiet and reserved and an adept in settling his cases out of court.
In his later days he was much troubled by deafness; his memory, however, to the last was acute, and his mind active and strong.
On the establishment of the First District Court of East Middlesex in 1870, he was appointed associate justice—the precision, form and respect which he commanded while presiding in this court were remarkable.
He was associated with John A. Bolles
in the defence of James Hawkins
indicted for murder, in which the court reversed the ruling in the famous Peter York
Both cases are reported respectively in 9 Metcalf
93 and 3 Gray
He filled many official positions in the town faithfully and honorably, and up to the time of his death no one was more familiar with town affairs—particularly of the past—than the judge.
He was a very well read man and a most pleasant conversationalist; his learning, keen intellect and many anecdotes made him a most desirable companion.
My sketch would be incomplete were I to omit the name of one who was the contemporary of many of those I have spoken of. Though not a lawyer, he performed faithfully all the functions and duties of one.
I refer to John Sparrell
, who combined the practice of law with many other callings.
He may perhaps well be compared with those of the earlier centuries.
He served the town as representative, moderator, and in many other capacities.
He was also trial justice.
I a informed he made out more deeds than any other man in Medford
, and his plans—being a surveyor—have never been found in error.
In surveying he used the old time chain.
He died respected by all and mourned by his fellow townsmen whom he had served so well and