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John Hooker Ashmun (search for this): chapter 6
began in 1829, with the appointment of Judge Story and John H. Ashmun as professors. The character of Story as jurist and tlady. It was in the preceding April, 1833, that John Hooker Ashmun died,— the Royall Professor of Law,—and Sumner must have been present at Judge Story's eulogy on Mr. Ashmun. In my journal of that day I write: After the services closed and the men came forward to remove the body, a number of Mr. Ashmun's students, as if moved by an irresistible impulse, pressed They were to see his face no more. Mr. Alvord took Mr. Ashmun's place as professor, but, in the summer of 1833, he alsr Tower,—. . . Since my last, our junior professor Professor Ashmun.—as you have seen by the papers and by the eulogy I htures of the brain. A successor has been appointed to Mr. Ashmun, who will commence his duties here in July, or next Sept upon a first perusal; they are hardly elementary enough. Ashmun said that they were written as the judgments of a judge.
Blackstone (search for this): chapter 6
upation. Such names as those of Grotius, Pothier, Mansfield, and Blackstone dwelt much in his thoughts. Fascinated by Story's learning and faw; and the definitions and incidents of Estates, as laid down by Blackstone. The list of books read by him at the school, as noted in his egular member of the Law School, have read a volume and a half of Blackstone, and am enamored of the law. Tower, we have struck the true profe or commonplaced any of your study. I have taken some notes from Blackstone of the different estates, contingent remainders, &c. As to BlacksBlackstone, I almost feel disposed to join with Fox, who pronounced him the best writer in the English language. He is clear, fluent, and elegant, more observable, stepping, as I do, from the well-defined page of Blackstone. Truly, the English commentator is a glorious man; he brings suc historical survey of that subject that I know of. The article on Blackstone is a meagre thing, written at five minutes notice, to piece out t
Blackwood (search for this): chapter 6
ertainly a remarkable, man in his bearing and looks. I do not think, in his early years, he had any great ambition. That developed itself afterwards. Circumstances and accidents forced him forward to the van, and he became a leader terribly in earnest. He had the same high-mindedness, the same single aim at justice and truth, the same inflexible faith and courage then that ever after characterized him. Mr. Story contributed an In Memoriam tribute to Sumner, in forty-one verses, to Blackwood's Magazine,Zzz Sept., 1874, Vol. CXVI. pp. 342-346. In an address to the students—colored—of Howard University, Washington, D. C., Feb. 3, 1871, Sumner said:— These exercises carry me back to early life, when I was a student of the Law School of Harvard University as you have been students in the Law School of Howard University. I cannot think of those days without fondness. They were the happiest of my life. . . . There is happiness in the acquisition of knowledge, which surpass<
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
ol. . . . Your affectionate friend, C. S. To Charlemagne Tower. Cambridge, Wednesday, Oct. 24, 1832 my dear friend,—... Yesterday, Dane Law College (situated just north of Rev. Mr. Newell's church), a beautiful Grecian temple, with four Ionic pillars in front,—the most architectural and the best-built edifice belonging to the college,—was dedicated to the law. Quincy delivered a most proper address of an hour, full of his strong sense and strong language. Webster, J. Q. Adams, Dr. Bowditch, Edward Everett, Jeremiah Mason, Judge Story, Ticknor, leaders in the eloquence, statesmanship, mathematics, scholarship, and law of our good land, were all present,—a glorious company. The Law School have requested a copy for the press. It will of a certainty be given. I shall send you the address when published. When you again visit Cambridge you will be astonished at the changes that have been wrought,—trees planted, common fenced, new buildings raised, and others designed. Q
Francis Bowen (search for this): chapter 6
ale College. is rather a celebrated one; has excited much comment; is thought to be one of the most thorough and searching reviews (strictly reviews, for it is not a talk round about and about its subject) that has ever appeared in our country. Preparations are making to receive General Jackson with the same college ceremonies with which Monroe was received,—namely, an address in English from the President, and a Latin address from the first scholar of the Senior Class,—Bowen. Professor Francis Bowen. Believe me your faithful friend, C. S. To Charlemagne Tower. Dane Law College, Monday, July 15, 1833. . . . If you want a book which will be a light law-book, and a most instructive work as to the government under which we live, which shall be entertaining and informing, written in a more brilliant and elementary, though less correct, style than Kent's Commentaries, read Judge Story's Commentaries on the Constitution. They make an invaluable work to every statesman and l
John W. Browne (search for this): chapter 6
ner associated most with his college classmate Browne, who, entering at the same time, was, on accoun dissatisfied with his argument, and wrote to Browne, stating his hesitation in public speaking, any in selecting fit language for his thoughts. Browne replied, saying that he had overstated the diference to the notes of Christian and Chitty. Browne wrote to him in relation to the former articlegence for which the world gives you credit. Browne wrote from Cambridge to Stearns, May 6, 1832:—s. Stearns wrote to Sumner, May 14:— Browne tells me you are studying law with all the zeadelighting to talk of her with his friends. Browne wrote, April 18, You speak rapturously of the e, then, and bring with you The Nine book, and Browne and yourself and myself will renew old scenes , is occupied by law-students. There are here Browne and Dana of our old class, with others that I Carter is trying to start a school in Boston. Browne is well. He does not love the law. He is a ke[1 more...]<
Edmund Burke (search for this): chapter 6
n. If it is so, yet knowledge and acquirements are relative; and the man who knows that he knows nothing is yet more wise than the herd of his fellow-men,—even as much more wise, as wisdom itself is wiser than he is. And here is the place for hope,—though we cannot mount to the skies or elevate ourself from mother earth, yet can we reach far above those around us, and look with a far keener gaze. What man has done, man can do; and in these words is a full fountain of hope. And again, hear Burke: There is nothing in the world really beneficial that does not lie within the reach of an informed understanding and a well-directed pursuit. There is nothing that God has judged good for us that He has not given us the means to accomplish, both in the natural and the moral world. Speech on the Plan for Economical Reform. What a sentiment! how rich in expression, how richer in truth! A lawyer must know every thing. He must know law, history, philosophy, human nature; and, if he cove
only played the role of listener. When other persons came in, he would turn to me and make inquiries as to my studies, and endeavor to help me in them; and at last, out of pure good nature, he proposed to me to come to his room in the Dane Law College, and read Latin with him and talk over the ancient authors. I gladly accepted the offer, and many an evening I used to spend with him in half study, half talk. He had the art to render these evenings most agreeable. He talked of Cicero and Caesar; of Horace, Virgil, Tacitus, Sallust, and indeed of all the old Latin writers; of the influence they had on their age, and their age had on them; of the characteristics of their poetry and prose; of the peculiarities of their style; of the differences between them and our modern authors: and he so talked of them as to interest and amuse me, and bring them before me as real and living persons out of the dim, vague mist in which they had hitherto stood in my mind. We used then, also, to cap L
I saw tears steal from his eyes. My mother is still dejected and comfortless. . . . You have referred to my health, &c. I never was better; in fact, I never was unwell. I've always been well. Who can have spoken to you of me such flattering words, as should imply that I was hurting my health with study? Contra, I reprove myself for lack of study. I am well-determined, though, that, if health is continued to me, lack of study shall not be laid to my charge. Study is the talisman. Carter is trying to start a school in Boston. Browne is well. He does not love the law. He is a keen, direct, and close debater. From your true friend, Chas. Sumner. To Charlemagne Tower. Boston, Sunday, July 29, 1832. my dear friend,—This is vacation,—if such time there can be to one who has doubled his twenty-first year, and is moderately aware of the duties of manhood,—and I am at home. I have not stirred within sight of the Boston boundary-line since I came into town, and probably<
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