ays interesting to listen to him on that subject.
He considered Wendell Phillips the perfection of form and delivery, and sometimes very brilliant, but much too rash in his statements.
Everett was also good, but lacked warmth and earnestness.
Choate was purely a legal pleader, and outside of the court-room not very effective.
He thought Webster one of the greatest of orators, fully equal to Cicero; but they both lacked the poetical element.
Sumner's sentences were florid and his delivery rs by low demagogues against the public welfare.
The poet Longfellow took notice of this and spoke of him as an invaluable man.
On another occasion Professor Child was discoursing to his class on oratory and mentioned the fact that Webster and Choate both came from Dartmouth; that Wendell Phillips graduated at Harvard, but the university had not seen much of him since.
At the mention of Wendell Phillips some of the boys from proslavery families began to sneer.
Professor Child raised himself
united with clearness and accuracy of detail.
All his letters ought to be published in a volume by themselves.
Sumner returned to America the following year and settled himself quietly and soberly to his work as a lawyer.
He was not a success, however, as a practitioner in the courts, unless he could plead before a bench of judges.
In the Common Pleas an ordinary pettifogger would often take a case away from him. He could not, if he would, have practised those seductive arts by which Rufus Choate drew the jury into his net, in spite of their deliberate intentions to the contrary.
Yet, Sumner's reputation steadily improved, so that when Longfellow came to live in Cambridge he found Sumner delivering lectures at the Harvard Law-School, where he might have remained the rest of his life, if he had been satisfied with a merely routine employment, and the fortunes of the republic had not decided differently.
The attraction between Sumner and Longfellow was immediate and permanent.
were spent in a desperate effort for recognitionrecognition of the importance of his discovery and of his own merits as the discoverer.
No one can blame him for this.
As events proved, it would have been far better for him if he had finished his course at the medical-school and set up his sign in the vicinity of Beacon Street; but the wisest man can but dimly foresee the future.
Doctor Morton had every reason to believe that there was a fortune to be made in etherization.
He consulted Rufus Choate, who advised him to obtain a patent or proprietary right in his discovery.
Hon. Caleb Eddy undertook to do this for him, and being supported by a sound opinion from Daniel Webster, easily obtained it. Now, however, Morton's troubles began.
He exempted the Massachusetts Hospital from the application of his royalty, and it was only right that he should do so; but, unfortunately, it was the only large hospital where etherization was regularly practised.
In order to extend its applicati