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New England (United States) (search for this): chapter 23
r you want to see me, send for me, but spare no expense to put this right. I took the record with me to my house. The next morning, after having finished my New England Sunday breakfast of baked beans and fish-balls, being curious, I opened the record and read it carefully through in all its particulars, and I found my client tstern country, and I have had occasion to argue quite a number of cases since involving questions of Mexican law. This, I belie e, has not happened to any other New England lawyer, certainly not to the extent it has to me. I was employed by Mr. Speed, the Attorney-General of the United States, to assist Mr. Stansbury in the argurom a life-size bust in General Butler's library. most famous as an advocate, G. A. Somerby, Esq., and also the Hon. Rufus Choate, who was the first advocate of New England if not of the United States. I had with me a young gentleman who did not practise much in the courts in the trial of cases,--a relative of the plaintiff and qu
Louisiana (Louisiana, United States) (search for this): chapter 23
e had got into it, for an agreement that the case should be referred by the rule of the court to three arbitrators,--two of them men of the highest standing as lawyers, the Hon. Henry W. Paine, of Massachusetts, and the Hon. Thos. J. Durant, of Louisiana, and the third, the Hon. Gustavus V. Fox, late assistant Secretary of the Navy,--who would have a knowledge of the course involved in the proceedings, with the right to appeal from the judgment of the admiralty court to the Supreme Court. Wh and trains and especially the capabilities to start and stop a train. I have ridden many hundred miles upon the engine upon different roads and learned enough so as to run an engine myself, a knowledge which did me good service at one time in Louisiana. I have spent days in machine shops upon the same and kindred questions. In one very important case I spent a week in the repair shop of a railroad and a part of the time with my coat off, with a hammer in my hands, ascertaining the capabil
Massachusetts (Massachusetts, United States) (search for this): chapter 23
ry in the Circuit Court in the District of Massachusetts, and the other before Judge Harvey in the out here what one of the ablest lawyers of Massachusetts, John Quincy Adams Griffin, Esq., and othein the States of New Hampshire, Maine, and Massachusetts, and in quite all the circuit courts of al for the patent of Elias Howe, a native of Massachusetts, for his invention of the sewing machine. ng as lawyers, the Hon. Henry W. Paine, of Massachusetts, and the Hon. Thos. J. Durant, of Louisianse when I was before the people of the State of Massachusetts in the campaign for the governorship, ed and many were wounded. By the law of Massachusetts the administrator of a passenger killed by or depot of the Fitchburg railroad in Waltham,Mass., but did not find anything there which he choslection.. That was a favorite method in Massachusetts of dealing with a lawyer who did not carrye, and real estate can only be attached in Massachusetts by filing a paper in the county clerk's of[4 more...]
Concord (Massachusetts, United States) (search for this): chapter 23
diness of his nerve was that he then had in his hand a gray squirrel which he had shot with his pistol while he was being pursued. The evidence of the boys was plenary, and he was committed to jail for murder. Lincoln is about six miles from Concord. I was at Concord attending the court. The constable was a Democratic friend of mine who always used to go to the convention as a delegate, and I always sent him the political documents of the campaign to be distributed. Hearing of his death,Concord attending the court. The constable was a Democratic friend of mine who always used to go to the convention as a delegate, and I always sent him the political documents of the campaign to be distributed. Hearing of his death, and not being engaged on the day of the funeral, I took my horse and rode over to Lincoln to attend his funeral, with as much grief as I would attend the funeral of any dear friend. In the February term Carey was indicted for murder, and in the April term of the Supreme Court at Lowell he was arraigned and pleaded not guilty. Now, there is a custom which has become a law that where a prisoner who is to be tried for his life has no counsel the court must appoint someone to defend the case
Napoleon (Ohio, United States) (search for this): chapter 23
ree Soilers after they had taken and consumed its fruits. General Butler's political interests strongly urged him to the same dishonor. But he never hesitated an instant, and uniformly justified the coalition, and openly defended it in every presence and to the most unwilling ears. In his personal relations the same traits are observable. He is quite too ready, I have sometimes thought, to forgive (he never forgets) injuries, but his memory never fails as to his friends. The basis of Napoleon's character, says Gourgand, was a pleasant humor. And a man who jests, continues Victor Hugo, at important junctures, is on familiar terms with events. A pleasant humor and a lively wit, and their constant exercise, are the possession and the habit of General Butler. Everybody has his anecdote of him. Let me refer to one anecdote of him in this respect, and that shall suffice for the hundreds that I might recall. The General was a member of our House of Representatives one year when
East India (search for this): chapter 23
ht in the County of Middlesex, of course, where my client lived. The owner of the vessel, who stood at the head of the East India trade, took the suit in great dudgeon. He said he did not want any country lawyer — meaning me — to control the method of fitting out ships for the East India trade; that it was as good as it could be; that everything for their comfort and convenience was given to the crew, and that the case should be fought as far as he could go. He employed a lawyer, afterwards potatoes; and, third, that my client hadn't the scurvy at all but a disease which bore no relation to it. The whole East India trade and a large portion of the Boston merchants came as witnesses for the defence. I said to Mr. Choate that that derous study would be necessary in many parts of the case. Mr. Choate told me it was no use to speak of compromise. The East India trade was determined to make an example of this case so that its trade should never be interfered with again. Very wel
Charlestown, Mass. (Massachusetts, United States) (search for this): chapter 23
home to supper Defeating the annexation of Charlestown to Boston Anecdotes of chief justice Shaw islature passed an act annexing the city of Charlestown to the city of Boston, provided both citiesere was a very strong feeling against it in Charlestown. Public meetings were held; all sorts of pState, and by him published. The fact that Charlestown had, by a small majority, voted in the affi waiting for the action of its sister city, Charlestown, proceeded to take possession of CharlestowCharlestown, divided it into wards, laid out streets and did everything as if the matter was settled. The alty of the mayor and aldermen of the city of Charlestown. And if a majority of that board would note power. The leader of the other side in Charlestown moved upon the attorney-general for a petitly on the bench. One day shortly before my Charlestown case came up I was going down in the cars fonclusive that it put off the annexation of Charlestown to Boston for twenty years. Shortly afte[1 more...]
Johnson's Island (Ohio, United States) (search for this): chapter 23
argument of the case of Milligan vs. the United States. This case involved questions of new and untried law in this country, and which had not been distinctly settled anywhere else. The case was this :-- There was a body of quasi-secessionists in Indiana and the adjoining States known as the Knights of the Golden Circle. Milligan was a member of that body and there was an. accusation made against him of being a party to a conspiracy to release the Confederate prisoners of war from Johnson's Island and send them. back to the assistance of the enemy. This conspiracy has been most ably treated by Gen. John A. Logan in his work, The great conspiracy, showing its vast extent and importance. He was one of the ablest and most successful volunteer generals, and a most loyal Democrat, and he afterwards entered the United States Senate--as a Republican. Milligan was tried by a military commission, duly convened The commission heard the case in due form. and advised his punishment
New Hampshire (New Hampshire, United States) (search for this): chapter 23
t cases to a jury. One was before Judge Story in the Circuit Court in the District of Massachusetts, and the other before Judge Harvey in the Circuit Court of New Hampshire. I won them both, and I believe this was the first instance where a lawyer two years at the bar tried cases of such importance to a jury in the Circuit Court essor in Harvard College, he instantly replied: I am aware of it, your honor; we hung one of them the other day. I tried causes frequently in the States of New Hampshire, Maine, and Massachusetts, and in quite all the circuit courts of all the districts of the latter State. My docket contained causes of every description of pr to my young friends of the bar as to how I think a case should be prepared. In November of the year 1852, it will be remembered, General Franklin Pierce of New Hampshire was elected President. In the December following, himself, his wife, and only son, a lad about ten years old, got on board the cars at Boston to go to their h
Adams (Iowa, United States) (search for this): chapter 23
ike to state a price without knowing something about the case. Perhaps I shall not choose to give an opinion at all. You appear to be a gentleman of intelligence; please state your case so that I may see what it is. I am acting, said he, in behalf of the American Emigrant Aid Society of Connecticut. Our business has been procuring lands in the western country, generally those denominated swamp lands, and settling emigrants upon them. We got a large quantity of such swamp lands of Adams County, Iowa,after considerable negotiation. They gave our trustee a full deed of them, and we paid them by building a court-house for them, which they received as payment on account, Benj. F. Butler in 1856. from a photograph. and by paying the balance in money at the price agreed. Afterwards there was a political change in the county officers, and a young lawyer became a member of the board of county authorities. The county under his advice brough a suit against us in the State Court to set
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