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Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 1, Chapter 5: year after College.—September, 1830, to September, 1831.—Age, 19-20. (search)
e world. You will transact business; and get initiated into those perplexities which, sooner or later, all of the sons of Adam must meet. You will confirm yourself in a knowledge of the world, and wear off the academic rust with which exclusive students are covered. Time will allow you, I know (for I know you will lose no time), to prosecute your law with profit; and you will find in your newly assumed cares a grateful change, perhaps, from the abstract speculations in which Blackstone and Kent and Fearne will engage you. And more than all, you will have the consciousness that you are forwarding the wishes of your father, and giving up your time, perhaps, that it may be added to his days. It is now two days before Commencement. I am stiff in the determination to commence the coming year in the study of law at Cambridge. . . . I intend to give myself to the law, so as to read satisfactorily the regular and parallel courses, to take hold of some of the classics,—Greek, if I can po
Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 1, Chapter 6: Law School.—September, 1831, to December, 1833.—Age, 20-22. (search)
w of language and allusion and illustration to every topic! I have heard a sensible lawyer place Kent above him; but, in my opinion, sooner ought the earth to be above the clear and azure-built heavens! And yet the character of Kent, as told to me, bewitches me. His works, in fact, are crude, and made to publish and get money from (he has already cleared twenty thousand dollars from them) ratherr visiting posterity, and I understand he is giving them this. He thought more highly of Chancellor Kent's Commentaries at a later period, post,p.120. When you write, tell me all the law you hsidered little enough for that purpose. How do you progress in law? Write me. How do you like Kent? I owe him much. I have had from him a great deal of elegant instruction. His Commentaries ar which they treat, and the condensed shape into which the law on their several titles is thrown. Kent is one of the glories of your State, whether you look at him as a commentator or a judge. In the
Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 1, Chapter 7: study in a law office.—Visit to Washington.—January, 1854, to September, 1834.—Age, 23. (search)
. Professor Greenleaf gratefully acknowledged his reports of his visit to Chancellor Kent and of life in Washington. One of the daughters of Mr. Peters thus descening, Feb. 19, 1834. That Mr. Greenleaf is a civil sort of a man, said Chancellor Kent, this afternoon, to me, after he had slowly and fully read your kind lette now; invited me up into his room, so he called it, where he introduced me to Mrs. Kent, and showed me his library with a good deal of particularity; pointed out thee to give his regards to Judge Story; but as to Jackson, he had none for him. Kent has great simplicity and freedom of manners; he opens himself like a child. Thid the city, to drop my many letters into the post-office, and to call upon Chancellor Kent. It was with some difficulty that I found him, living as he does at an exriter) and so incorrect a converser. The same evening, after my interview with Kent, I wrote a full letter to Professor Greenleaf, giving him an account of it. T
Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 1, Chapter 8: early professional life.—September, 1834, to December, 1837.—Age, 23-26. (search)
and second volumes,—and Starkie's Evidence. The volumes of Kent which he used, particularly the first, are very much undersite Mountains, and Portland. At New York he called on Chancellor Kent, In the early part of July the Chancellor had made assed the evening with the chancellor, and was invited by Mrs. Kent to take a family dinner next day. Wednesday forenoon, visnd men. Of the women, by far the most to my taste was Mrs. William Kent, with whom I could talk the livelong night, as she haence. I hope you are well, and have laughed much, for Chancellor Kent feared that it was otherwise with you, and said that hn. He, however, seemed to consent to the operation. Mrs. William Kent, whom I afterwards saw at Ballston Springs, informed to be uneasy. Starkie I hear three days in the week, while Kent I encounter every day. This week I have held two courts, anus did not solicit subscriptions; nor Bacon, nor Story, nor Kent. You may reply that you will not solicit them, but the boo
Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 1, Chapter 9: going to Europe.—December, 1837.—Age, 26. (search)
ess you, and restore you to us with all your anticipations of enjoyment and improvement more than realized! May he be to you a pillar of fire by night and of cloud by day, and shield you from the perils of the land and the deep! If the good wishes of loving hearts were talismans of defence and protection, you would be well guarded indeed; for no one ever went away compassed about with a greater number. Once more, God bless you, and, Farewell. At New York he passed an evening with Chancellor Kent, who gave him books for his voyage; and had pleasant interviews with William C. Russell, Professor Russell, of Cornell University, writes: I saw him when on his way to Europe; he called at my office in New York, handsomely dressed,—I remember the effect of his fashionable drab overcoat,—erect, easy, conscious of his strength; and when after a short visit he hurried off to see, as he said, my man of business, I felt that he had left childish things behind. his classmate John O. Sarg
Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 1, Chapter 10: the voyage and Arrival.—December, 1837, to January, 1838— age, 26-27. (search)
imagine, he wrote to Hillard, the intensity with which my mind, during these moments, reverted to the old scenes and faces with which it was familiar. The wind kept fair and strong, and the voyage, for one made in a sailing vessel and during the winter, was exceptionally rapid and agreeable. Journal Dec. 25. On the fourth day I was rejoiced to find myself able to read, though lying in my berth. Previously my time had passed without the relief which this at once afforded. Chancellor Kent had been kind enough to advise me to take a stock of pleasant books, and I had provided myself with some on the morning of sailing. I read the fourth and fifth parts of Lockhart's Life of Scott, James's novel of Attila, Cooper's England, and the Life of Burr, while stretched in my berth; and never were books a greater luxury: they were friends and companions where I was, in a degree, friendless and companionless. At the end of the first week I was able, with some ado, to appear at t
Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 2, Chapter 17: London again.—characters of judges.—Oxford.—Cambridge— November and December, 1838.—Age, 27. (search)
life and manners in the castle. After breakfast (it having been mentioned to the Queen that I had arrived), we went into the private apartments, which are never shown except during the Queen's absence. The table was spread for dinner, and the plate was rich and massive. I did not like the dining-room so well as Lord Leicester's, at Holkham, though it is more showy and brilliant. The drawing-rooms were quite rich. While wandering around with Mr. Rich and Lord Byron, we met the Duchess of Kent in her morning-dress,—a short, squab person,—who returned our profound obeisance with a gracious smile (you see I have caught the proper phrase). Some of the pictures at Windsor are very fine. I have never before seen any thing by Rubens that pleased me, or that I could tolerate (except, perhaps, a picture at Holkham). There is one room devoted to Rubens. They were kind enough to invite me to visit them again at the castle, and Murray told me that a horse would be at my disposal to ride in
Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 2, Chapter 21: Germany.—October, 1839, to March, 1840.—Age, 28-29. (search)
g here. Indeed, Mr. Thibaut called me the grand seigneur. Farewell. Remember me, as ever, to Mrs. Story (whom I hope to find well) and the children, and believe me, As ever, affectionately yours, Charles Sumner. P. S. A friend of mine here, Dr. Bissing, Dr. Frederic Bissing died about 1874. He was second Burgermeister (Vice-Mayor) of Heidelberg, and for many years represented the district of Heidelberg in the Diet of Baden, meeting at Carlsruhe. who has already translated Chancellor Kent on our Constitution, thinks of translating your great work on the Constitution. He is now studying it with great delight. Dr. Julius says, in his book on America, that your work has gone to a second edition in four volumes. Is this true? A Dr. Buss, of Tubingen, has already translated the historical part, and intended to go on with it; but he has recently experienced a political change against democratic institutions, and has thrown up the work. The Conflict of Laws was to have bee
Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 2, Chapter 23: return to his profession.—1840-41.—Age, 29-30. (search)
w York and Philadelphia. In New York he was the guest of his brother Albert, then newly married, and living on Bond Street. He was also cordially received by Chancellor Kent, and enjoyed much the society of the Misses Ward, —the Three Graces of Bond Street,—of whom one was to become the wife of his friend, Dr. Howe; another, of hion which has just taken place, and which was to give us our Grossherzogfor the next four years. Our present President, Van Buren, has lost his re-election. Chancellor Kent is now preparing a fourth edition of his great work, which he will send you. He was very much gratified to know that you take an interest in his labors. Storgive him joy in them! . . . I have just returned from a visit of three or four weeks to New York and Philadelphia, where I saw men and women of all sorts. Chancellor Kent was as kind and affection to me as ever; Joseph R. Ingersoll, very hospitable . . . Remember me most kindly to your wife. As ever yours, Charles Sumner
Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 2, Chapter 24: Slavery and the law of nations.—1842.—Age, 31. (search)
United States, April 2, 1862, negotiated by Lord Lyons and Mr. Seward. Wheaton's International Law (Dana's edition), pp. 201-203, note; 213-217, note. Chancellor Kent wrote, Jan. 7, 1842:— I thank you for the Boston paper containing your view of the question of the Right of search on the coast of Africa. I have no hebt of it; and the neatness and elegance with which it is written are delightful. Judge Story wrote, Feb. 6:— I am glad to know that Mr. Prescott and Chancellor Kent approve of your article on the Right of search. It confirms my previous opinion of its intrinsic soundness. I do not exactly know whether Mr. Webster and Mr be uninteresting to you to know that Judge Story agrees with the view presented in the Boston paper on the Right of Search. He agrees with every line of it. Chancellor Kent has written me that he has no hesitation in subscribing to it, as sound, logical, and conclusive. Mr. Choate, of the Senate, gives it his assent. I do not k
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