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Benjamnin F. Butler, Butler's Book: Autobiography and Personal Reminiscences of Major-General Benjamin Butler 6 0 Browse Search
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ll matters wherein I may seem to be making a boast of my own qualities, and as the reader may be led to think that he is not getting an impartial history, I have concluded to set out here what one of the ablest lawyers of Massachusetts, John Quincy Adams Griffin, Esq., and others have said of me as a practitioner at the bar, without my knowledge, rather than to have so much of such details written by myself:-- General Butler has the power, possessed by but few men, of attending to several i city, Charlestown, proceeded to take possession of Charlestown, divided it into wards, laid out streets and did everything as if the matter was settled. The aldermen who had determined to obstruct the annexation proceedings applied to me and Mr. Griffin and declared that if they could escape the penalties of the law they would not certify the vote if that would do any good. We examined the question carefully and gave an opinion that under the statute, annexation could not take place until th
president, 925; the Alabama claims in, the administration, 966. Grant, Mrs., 854, 860. Grant, Colonel, 860. Greeley, Horace, reference to, 140; concedes right of secession, 141-142; cry of on to Richmond, 267, 289; quoted upon attack on Petersburg, 702-703. green, Brig.-Gen. John A., reference to in New York election troubles, 754, 757. Greenback, constitutional Money, 954-956. Greble's battery at Big Bethel, 269, 272. Greyhound, Butler's headquarters boat, 683. Griffin, John Quincy Adams, relates incidents of Butler, 996-997; upon Butler's character, 996-998. Grigg's Texas Brigade, position near Richmond, 723. Guadalupe, Hidalgo, treaty, 1007. Guthrie, Pierce, Secretary of Texas, Butler's references for President, 136. H Haggerty, Capt., Peter, goes ashore at Annapolis, 191-192; delivers message, 194; sent secretly to Baltimore, 226; expresses opinion on contraband question, 258; reads up on the battle of Marengo, 864; on Butler's staff, 890-891.
nights of law, learning and oratory, John Quincy Adams Griffin was one of the ablest of his time. Middlesex bar in October, 1849. In 1848, Mr. Griffin, though a young man, took a prominent part tative from both Charlestown and Malden. Mr. Griffin was one of the brightest and ablest members were the clashes between Butler, Somerby and Griffin. Griffin once wrote an article entitled a Po. There was never any obsequiousness about Griffin. He detested formality or subordinacy, and wi litigation, Commonwealth vs. Green, etc. Griffin took an important and earnest part in revisinJustice John W. Pettengill was a student in Mr. Griffin's office, Mr. Griffin told him to Stop BlacMr. Griffin told him to Stop Blackstone and read the statutes regarding officers' charges. Fight them and I will back you up. He May 23, 1866, paid the following tribute to Mr. Griffin: The death of John Q. A. Griffin willJohn Q. A. Griffin will create quite a void in Republican circles in this state. He had for many years been known as a fea[1 more...]