publishers ‘have secured the valuable editorial services of Charles Sumner
, whose distinguished professional reputation is a sufficient assurance that the department of the work intrusted to his hands — the addition of the American
cases and the recent English decisions–will be performed in a manner worthy of the high character of the original work.’
After a full review of the editor's method of annotating, it referred to the biographical notices: ‘For this department of the work Mr. Sumner
is peculiarly qualified.
They who have read his contributions to the “American Jurist” and the “Law Reporter” need not be told that, in what may be called the literature of the law, he has no rival among us.’
Among the biographical notices are those of Lords Hardwicke and Eldon
, Mr. Justice Buller
, Sir John Mitford
, Lord Ellenborough, Lord Thurlow, Sir William Alexander
, Mr. Fearne
, Chief Baron Eyre
, Lord Camden, Mr. Hargrave
, Sir Samuel Romilly
, Lord Loughborough (Wedderburne),—judges and lawyers who were engaged in the courts during the last quarter of the last century and the first quarter of the present.
Four examples of these sketches are given:—