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The publishers announce in their advertisement that "the object of this series is not merely to give a number of unconnected narratives of men in American political life, but to produce books which shall, when taken together, indicate the lines of political thought and development in American history-books embodying in compact form the result of extensive study of the many and diverse influences which have combined to shape the political history of our country."
The series thus far numbers eleven volumes, as follows: John Quincy Adams, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, by John T. Morse, Jr.; Alexander Hamilton, Daniel Webster, by Henry Cabot Lodge; John C. Calhoun, by H. von Holst; Andrew Jackson, by W. G. Sumner; John Randolph, by Henry Adams; James Monroe, by Daniel C. Gilman; Albert Gallatin, by John Austin Stevens; James Madison, by Syndney Howard Gay. Marshall, by A. B. Magruder. Clay, by Carl Schurz; and Van Buren, by William Dorsheimer, are announced as in preparation.
The selection of subjects thus far is judicious; indeed, almost inevitable, unless perhaps the biography of Gallatin might have been spared, and it is a little doubtful whether Randolph was a "statesman."
In respect to the treatment we can speak with almost unqualified praise. These are by no means biographies in the hackneyed sense, but rather studies by competent scholars and critics of the career of these distinguished men, written with a great deal of insight and impartiality. The reader will find these the first American biographies not tinged by heroworship. We have been most forcibly struck by the calmness of their style and the severity of their judgments. This is particularly noticeable in Mr. Lodge's sketches of Webster and Hamilton. A friendly warmth and exaggeration might well be pardoned in respect to these two brilliant men, but Mr. Lodge is not for a moment betrayed from the coolness of the judge into the panegyric of the advocate. He deals most honestly with Webster's great faults, and has the courage to rate his legal acquirements at their true worth. The sketches of Randolph and Jackson are among the most readable and vigorous.
Nearly all American statesmen have been lawyers. There are still a great many contingent statesmen in the ranks of the lawyers. To all lawyers the biographies of statesmen are of the greatest value and interest, and we do not know of any other source of information about these great men at once so concise, so trustworthy and so entertaining as the present se
Nearly all of the series have passed more than one edition, some of them as many as six or seven. They deserve this marked success, and we cordially recommend them to the legal profession. The books are handsomely printed, and are of convenient size-16 mo.
COURT OF APPEALS DECISIONS.
HE following decisions were handed down Friday, Dec. 19, 1884:
Judgments affirmed with costs-Charles F. Nichols, respondent, v. Weed Sewing Machine Co., appellant; Thomas Eames, appellant, v. City of Brooklyn, respondent; John Food, appellant, v. James Dooley, respondent; Victory Webb, etc., Manufacturing Co., appellant, v. John B. Foord and another, respondents; Same v. H. W. Beecher; William H. Popham, respondent, v. Twenty-third Street R. Co., appellant; Union Dime Savings Institution, respondent, v. Thomas L. Sanford, appellant.-Motion to put on preferred calendar denied with costs-Carl F. W. Busch and
another v. Mary Busch.-Motion to revive action granted without costs-Cyrus H. McCormick, respondent, v. Pennsylvania Central R. Co., appellant.
Ordered, that a calendar be made for a term of this court to be held at the Capitol, in the city of Albany, on Monday, the 19th day of January, 1885, on which shall be placed only those cases in which the returns and notices of argument, with proof of service, shall have been filed with the clerk of this court on or before Wednesday, the 31st day of December, 1884.
named Corset has tried to kill himself by
cutting his throat. That certainly is the appropriate way for a man of that name to kill himself.Example of French wit brought out by the new di vorce law: Husband and wife present themselves before the divorce court. "What do you want, madame?" "Divorce from that wretch." "And you, sir?" "Divorce from that vixen." "The decree is refused; there is no incompatibility of temper. You both seem to be perfectly agreed. Call the next case." -Where the money had gone: "As I was coming home from the lawyer's to-day I noticed the most beautiful sealskin sacque. It cost only $300." "Why did'nt you buy it, my dear?" "I was just coming away from the lawyer's," I said. "Oh!"-Graphic.
ABSTRACTS OF RECENT DECISIONS (see
Bacon, Mr., not Cato.
Bush v. Lathrop, case of
Citizenship of children of aliens born in the United
Code of Civil Procedure
Correction of point made in article on presumption
Kind words for the journal.
Superseding judgment for mandamus.
by F. J. Parmenter.....
Abstracts of decisions......19, 59, 119, 180, 239, 280, 818, 319
Abbott, Mr. Austin, on proposal to relieve Federal
Anglo-American law, some leading principles
annoyance in court by continued hammering or
arguments, importance of being oral
"Auld Ash Tree, The," poem by Thomas Davidson,
Barristers and attorneys, separation of; ludicrous
Beach, William A., death and character of.
"Bench and Bar of Chicago, The," biographical
Bosworth, Judge, fitting commemoration of his
reference to paper by, on lawyer's morals'
American, meeting of, at Saratoga; address by
of New York State, prize of $250 to be awarded
Bradley, Mr Justice, address before University of
Choate, Rufus, Neilson's memories of.
citations generally made by judges in New York,
civil service examination;Washington unable to pass 162
codification, various objections to a commercial
English Law Magazine and Review on unofficial
"The evils of, toast responded to at American
report of committee of New York Bar Associa-
extract from Gov. Hoadley's address on; incident
Kentucky Bar Association, action of, on
remarks of London Law Times.....
concertinas, playing of, or any musical instruments
English criticism of his eloquence....
Folger, Charles James, obituary and personal esti-
mate of his literary traits.
Dickens, reference to by Chief Justice Elliott..
divorce act, new French, remarks in regard to, by
Drummond, Judge, anecdotes reported of.
denial of anecdotes of self..
resignation of; insufficient compensation..
eating, right of; case of Scalchi
execution, stay of, pending appeal, refusal of, by
expert testimony of artists as to obscenity of pho-
Federal Supreme Court, proposal to relieve, by cut-
Field, David Dudley, resolution introduced by, at
collection of his speeches, arguments and papers,
Fowler, Robert Ludlow, answer to Mr. Carter's ob-
index, best form of, is reproduction of head-notes
Henry, Judge, remarks on disadvantages of contin-
Hoadley, Governor, address before Yale Law School
Huddleston, Baron, charge of, in case of "Mignon-
"hugging" a serious offense among English barris-
Illinois reports little cited, considering her wealth
construction of an, merely reproducing state-
indictment of newspapers for mistaken opinion on
their Latin and their grammar
of county courts in England and Wales hereafter
(Eng.) keeping up with business of courts, Law
infant, bicycle may be necessary for..
international copyright and doctrine of trade-mark,
Jackson, Chief Justice, of Georgia, "fiue writing" by, 301
three in Mignonette" case, no difficulty in pro-
citing cases largely from their own States, in New
fault of, in having reported sexual cases at
citing reporter's names, Central Law Journal on, 382
retirement of; salary of; Attorney-General
judicial despotism, Judge Davis
Kennedy, Mr., not disbarred as asserted in Legal
kissing, amusing cases; not legal" consideration;
law, influence of; extract from address before Uni-
Law Times, Eng., Court of Appeals behind on appeals. 21
lawyer's morals, reference to paper on, by Theodore,
exceptions to Mr. Theodore Bacon's reported as-
financial success of; American Law Record on... 38
memoranda only, of decisions, published at express
Memorandum upon proposed civil code, by Mr. John
cannibal case, no difficulty in pronouncing mur-
cannibals, commutation of sentence of..
municipal debts; proposal to decrease valuation of
mushrooms decided by magistrates of Rugby (Eng.),
musical instruments, playing of, prohibited by local
newspapers, indictment of, for mistaken opinion on
obscene photographs, sale of; opinion of artistic
Poland, Judge, bill to regulate commercial paper,
Post-office Protection Act, English..
"Prevention of Defective and Slipshod Legislation,'
Mansfield, Lord, allusion to, by Judge Pierrepont, in
Meigs, William M., on abolishing the right of appeal. 42
punishment, theory of, by Prof. Wayland.
reporting at length of rape cases, Central Law Jour-
reports, cited under reporter instead of State...
ing sexual cases.
Ohio Reports, contract for publishing.
Parker, Mr. Courtlandt, President American Bar
necessity of dividing address by, into two install-
erences to some curiosities of legislation... 221
pension, of judges, disagreement with opinion of
Pierrepont, Judge, remarks of, commemorative of
Simon Sterne's paper on
paper read before American Bar Association by
ENGLAND (see Recent English Decisions).
FINANCIAL LAW. Abstracts of decisions.. 58, 139
HAMILTON, WM. H., on restrictive covenants in
INFANTS, recently held in England, that ivory and
IOWA Supreme Court Abstract (see Recent American
INSURANCE LAW. Abstracts of decisions....58, 199
Legal romance, a, or the Swinfen cases....
MARYLAND Court of Appeals Abstract (see Recent
Neilson's memories of Rufus Choate.
Old cases reviewed, the case of the nine members.. 344
The true story of Ophelia, or the death of Miss
Parker, Courtlandt, conclusion of his address before
Presumption of intent, the, John D. Lawson on..
of payment, the, John D. Lawson on..... 84, 103, 124
MASSACHUSETTS Supreme Judicial Court Ab-
MICHIGAN Supreme Court Abstract (see Recent
Remedies for defective quality on executory contracts
Swinfen cases, the, a legal romance..
Surrogates' citations, service of, J. C. Levi on....
Throop, Montgomery H., on women and the legal
True story of Ophelia, the
MISSOURI Supreme Court Abstract (see Recent
Women and the legal profession, Montgomery H.
NEBRASKA Supreme Court Abstract (see Recent
NEVADA Supreme Court Abstract (see Recent Ameri-
NEW JERSEY Court of Chancery (see Recent Amer-
Court of Errors and Appeals Abstract (see Recent
Supreme Court Abstract (see Recent American De-
MILLER, J. B., on Mr. Fowler's pamphlet............ 180
NEW YORK Court of Appeals Abstract (see Recent
Court of Appeals Decisions handed down (June 27),
OHIO Supreme Court Com. (see Recent American De-
OREGON Supreme Court Abstract (see Recent Ameri-
Kansas Supreme Court.... 16, 156, 238, 298, 355, 453, 515
113, 219, 294, 355
Rhode Island Supreme Court
.38, 57, 137, 317
WEDDING, CHARLES L., on the lawyer and
WEST VIRGINIA Supreme Court Abstract (see Re-
cent American Decisions).
WHITTEMORE, E. S., on legislative regulation of
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