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Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 2, chapter 30 (search)
n the stream of time together. . And, in reference to a remark of Sumner which disparaged an editor's labors, lie added: Next to a good reporter I hold a good annotator. What were Saunders now worth but for Williams's notes? What were Coke on Littleton but for Hargrave and Butler? The Law Reporter, in announcing the edition, said: May, 1844, Vol. VII. pp. 57, 58. The publishers have secured the valuable editorial services of Charles Sumner, Esq., whose distinguished professional reputnfined to a few important causes, while the rewards and honors which it offers to its favorites eluded his grasp. In the literature of his profession his success was more distinguished. For eleven years he was engaged in an edition of Coke on Littleton, which declining health compelled him to leave incomplete. The loss to juridical learning on this account would have been irreparable, if the work had fallen into other hands than those of Mr. Butler. In 1813, from a too intense application t