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PROCEEDINGS OF COURT HAD UPON
severe and incessant studies which could alone produce such results, he was devoted to the enchanting delights of elegant literature, and was distinguished for his happy and cheerful domestic life, and his spirited social intercourse.
“ The learning which he displayed as a jurist and author extended his fame to every country where an enlightened jurisprudence prevails ; and the amiable and Christian character of the man has filled a whole community with grief at his death.
“But your Honors, with whom he associated for a period so far be. yond what falls to the lot of most of those who reach this elevated dis. tinction, can best appreciate his character as a judge, and his virtues as a man, and will confirm the testimony of the gentlemen whose proceed. ings I now have the honor to present."
At a meeting of the members of the bar and officers of the Supreme Court of the United States, at the court-room in the Capitol, on the 3d day of December, A. D. 1845, David B. Odgen, Esq., was appointed Chairman, and the Hon. George M. Bibb, Secretary.
The Hon. John Davis, the Hon. George Evans, and the Hon. R. C. Winthrop were appointed a committee to prepare resolutions expressive of the sentiments and feelings of the meeting on the melancholy event of the recent death of the Hon. JOSEPH STORY, one of the Associate Justices of the Supreme Court of the United States.
Whereupon Mr. Davis, in behalf of the committee so appointed, presented the following preamble and resolutions, which were unani. mously adopted by the meeting:
“Since the last annual session of the Supreme Court of the United States, one of its most distinguished members has fallen a victim to the lot of humanity. The earthly career of that able and faithful judge, JOSEPH STORY of Massachusetts, has terminated, and we trust that his exalted virtues will secure rest to his spirit among those who are made perfect.
“ The bar has been deprived of one of its brightest ornaments, and the bench of one of its most learned and illustrious members. Those who have long witnessed the pure example, and venerated the talents, learning, and untiring zeal of the deceased, cannot permit an event so solemn and afflictive to pass unnoticed. Few men of any age or country have left behind them stronger proofs of great and success. ful labors in legal research, or higher claims to public respect and gratitude. He explored, with extraordinary powers of analysis, the learning of the past, employing and systematizing those great principles of jurisprudence which illustrate his decisions as a judge, and give imperishable value to his works as an author.
" As a magistrate, he aimed to win esteem and respect for the bench by the purity of his example, and to inspire confidence in its decisions by a prompt, just, enlightened, and faithful administration of the laws. ·
“ In the midst of the urgent duties of his high and responsible station, which were sufficient to task a more than ordinary mind, he found leisure to indulge his love of legal study, and produced a series of works which have taken rank among standard authorities, and will carry his fame to posterity as a jurist of great accomplishments.
"His decisions on the hench, as well as the productions of his pen, prove alike the earnest zeal with which hís mental energies were ape plied to sustain the constitution and laws of the republic, and the conscientious rectitude with which he discharged the great and complicated duties which devolved upon him.
" While we feel just pride in the attainments of one so distinguished as a public officer and as an author, we cannot forget those extraordi. nary social qualities, and that amiable deportment in private life, which eddeared him to his friends and acquaintance. If in his high public station he commanded the esteem and confidence of the public, in the ordinary dyties of life he won and retained the respect and love of all who were connected with him in the varied relations in which he stood to the community.
“ When so pure and so illustrious a nan descends to the tomb, while his usefulness is unimpaired and his work unfinished, the calamity is the more severely felt, and the occasion is a fit one for his bereaved friends and the public to give utterance to their grief, and to testify their veneration and respect for the memory of the deceased.
“Therefore, Resolved, 1. That we hold in the highest estimation the learning, the integrity, the distinguished services, and the exalted vir tues of the late JODGE STORY, and deeply deplore the loss which the bench and the country have sustained by the death of one so eminently qualified for the high station which he filled.
"2. That we sympathize with his bereaved family in their affiliction, who mourn the loss of an affectionate husband, a kind parent, and a good citizen.
“ 3. That from respect to the memory of him who has filled so large a space in the affairs of the country, we will, during the present session of the Court, wear the usual badge of mourning.
“ 4. That these resolutions be communicated to the Court by the Atney-General, with a request that they may be entered upon the records, and further, that they be communicated to the family of the deceased by the chairman of this meeting.
« DAVID B. OGDEN, Chairman. “Geo. M. BIBB, Secretary.” To which Mr. Chief Justice replied:
“ It is difficult for me to express how deeply the Court feel the death of MR. JUSTICE STORY. He held a seat on this bench for so many. years, and was so eminently distinguished, for his great learning and ability, that his name had become habitually associated with the Supreme Court, not only in the mind of those more immediately connect. ed with the administration of justice, but in that of the public generally, throughout the Union. He had, indeed, all the qualities of a great judge ; and we are fully sensible that his labors and his name have contributed largely to inspire confidence in the opinions of this Court, and to give weight and authority to its decisions..
" It is not, however, in this country only, that the name of Justice Story is respected and honored. His works upon various branches of jurisprudence have made him known to eminent men wherever judicial knowledge is esteemed and cultivated; and wherever he is known, his opinions are quoted with respect, and he is justly regarded as one of the brightest ornaments of the age in which he lived. But it is here
on this bench that his real worth was best understood, and it is here that his loss is most severely and painfully felt. For we have not only known him as a learned and able associate in the labors of the Court, but he was also endeared to us as a man, by his kindness of heart, his franknees, and his high and pure integrity. We most truly and deeply deplore his death, and cordially unite. with the bar in paying appropriate honors to his memory.
*** The proceedings of to-day will therefore be entered on the records of the Court, as a lasting testimony of our respectful and affectionate remembrance of our departed brother."
LIST OF ATTORNEYS AND COUNSELLORS
ADMITTED DECEMBER TERM, 1846.
James Shields, Albert T. Bledsoe, . Frederick Stanton, ' . . J. Van Buren, .. Joseph W. Chalmers, James Grant, . Martin R. Zabriskie, William F. Giles, James D. Westcott, Jr. John A. Rockwell, . Gaspard Tochman, . George W. Brent, .. · Worthington G. Śnethen, . William H. Brockenbrough, Peter A. Browne, Stephen Adams, ' Bradford R. Wood, . Robert C. Schenck, . Isaac E. Holmes,.. Henry W. Hilliard, .. Augustus Kelloggi . Spencer Jarnagin, . John M. Scott, . John Wilson, . . Stephen Strong, , . Benjamin F. Butler, . Sanford J. Smith, . Fletcher M. Haight, . . Elias B. Holmes, . John H. James, . Frederic E. Mather, William Henry Trescot, Edward S. Dargan, Alexander D. Sims, .. Archibald C. Niven, · Morton McMichael, : Samuel Spencer, Thomas Warner, . Theo. Curler,. . Lyman A. Walker, .. Harvey H. Allen, . .
Samuel Ames, . . . VOL. IV.
. New York. .
New York. . Pennsylvania. .
New Hampshire. .
Texas. . Rhode Island.
LIST OF ATTORNEYS AND COUNSELLORS.
George Eustis, i
' i Edward H. Hazard, . Alfred H. Hanscom, Cogswell K. Green, William H. Seward, Vespasian Ellis, Timothy Walker, . Samuel S. Phelps, Jesse D. Bright, . Frederick W. Brune, Jr. George Turner, . Thornton F. Brodhead, Louis Janin, La Fayette S. Foster, David Higgins, ;. . . Henry I. Glowacki, Henry K. Smith, E. D. Baker, William T. Śwann, Samuel Rnah,'. Samuel Stevens, . Joseph S. Bosworth, Charles Wallace Brooke, Samuel Hood,.. Charles L. Woodbury, . Joseph T. Thomas, Christopher Robinson, Alfred Bosworth, Samuel C. Reid, Jr. M. L. Martin, i Francis I. Dunn, .. Ronjamin H. Brewster, Samuel R. Hamilton, Willis L. Williams, Samuel H. Laughlin, . Charles Perkins, John K. Hackett, William H. Platt, Daniel G. Hall, .. Alexander Gardiner, Franklin S. Kinney, Frederick Allen, Peter Clark, Jerome B. Fitzgerald, Eras. C. Benedict, Henry Smith, James S. Sanford, Phineas Pemberton Mon John A. Bryan, . Thomas B. Stoddard, E. I. Roberts, . . George Rathbun, .. W. W. Woodworth, . Charles W. March, . George S. Houston, .
. . . . . Louisiana.
Connecticut. . . . . Ohio.
Missouri. . . .
• New York. . . , New York. . .
Massachusetts. . . .