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y law, be not too discursive.
Study your prescribed course well.
That is enough to make you a lawyer.
You may bewilder your mind by taking too wide a range.
Stearns, in a similar tone, wrote, Sept. 19, 1831, You were cut out for a lawyer. . . . I cannot altogether applaud your resolution to include so much in your system of study for the coming year.
Law, classics, history, and literature is certainly too wide a range for any common mind to spread over at one time.
Better follow Captain Bobadil's example; take them man by man, and kill them all up by computation.
Hopkinson, Jan. 6, 1832, calls him the indefatigable, ever-delving student, and amorous votary of antiquity; and refers, May 12, to the study and diligence for which the world gives you credit.
Browne wrote from Cambridge to Stearns, May 6, 1832:—
We, in Cambridge here, are studying law at a trot, or rather I should say, reciting it. Some study hard,—among them your good friend Charles, hater of mathematics