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its creative power; and Sumner, perhaps, gathered his knowledge too fast for the best intellectual discipline.
His notes of the moot-court cases heard by the professors, in several of which he was counsel,
Cases heard Oct. 22, Nov. 22, and Dec. 13, 1832; and Jan. 14, Feb. 18, June 5, July 5, and Oct. 20, 1833. are preserved.
In Feb., 1833, he maintained (Wendell Phillips being of counsel on the other side) the negative of the question, whether a Scotch bond, assignable by the law of Scotland, can be sued by the assignee in his own name in our courts.
He seems to have been dissatisfied with his argument, and wrote to Browne, stating his hesitation in public speaking, and his difficulty in selecting fit language for his thoughts.
Browne replied, saying that he had overstated the difficulty, which was not peculiar to him; and advising a simpler style, with less effort and consciousness, and the rejection of large words,—sesquipedalia verba (to which you know you are addicted),—a
had met at Ballston,—Thomas Brown, of Lanfire House, Kilmarnock, a nephew of Lord Jeffrey, a friend of Talfourd, and a member of the Garrick Club of London.
Brown took life easily, unencumbered with professional or family cares, and amused himself in travelling and frequenting clubs.
His knowledge of English society, particularly of the personal life of English men of letters, made him an interesting companion for Sumner.
They corresponded from this time, and afterwards met in London and Scotland.
Brown died in Jan., 1873. At Quebec Sumner dined with Chief-Justice Sewall, now well advanced in years, and at Portland enjoyed an opportunity of meeting his much-valued friend, Charles S. Daveis.
This journey is in scenery and association, perhaps, the most attractive which the continent affords,—the Hudson River, the falls at Trenton, Niagara, and Montmorency, Lake Champlain, which Sumner had traversed in school-boy days, the St. Lawrence, Montreal, and Quebec, both cities of ancient
y, courts, and parliament.
Having been invited to many country-seats, he was well provided with facilities for visiting different parts of England, as also of Scotland and Ireland.
He left London, July 24, to attend, by invitation of the judges, the circuits, and to visit places of interest on the way. His route was from Londut missed Southey, then absent on the Continent.
From Keswick he went to Penrith, where he was for a day with Sir George Back, the Arctic voyager.
Passing into Scotland, he was at Melrose the guest of Sir David Brewster.
Here he conversed with companions of Sir Walter Scott, and made an excursion to Abbotsford.
He was in Edinbfollowing, written to Dr. Lieber, Nov. 16:—
I arrived in town ten days ago, after a most delightful and thrilling journey through various parts of England, Scotland, and Ireland.
I have been received with a kindness, hospitality, and distinction of which I truly felt my unworthiness.
I have visited many—perhaps I may say m