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Court, feel with deep sensibility the loss which the country and the profession have sustained by the deaih of the Honourable Hugh SWINTON LEGARE, late Attorney General of the United States.
Resolved, That we cherish the highest respect for the professional attainments of the deceased, for his varied talents and accomplishments, for the purity and uprightness of his life, and for the estimable qualities which belonged to him as a man.
Resolved, That in testimony of these sentiments and feelings we will wear the usual badge of mourning during the term of the Court,
Resolved, that the Chairman and Secretary transmit a copy of these proceedings to the family of the deceased, and assure them of our sincere condolence on account of the great loss they have sustained.
Resolved, that the Attorney General be requested to move the Court that these resolutions be entered in the minutes of their proceedings.
Dan'l WEBSTER, Chairman. SILAS WRIGHT, Secretary.”
To which Mr. Chief Justice Taney replied as follows
“ The Court unite with the Bar in sincerely lamenting the death of Mr. Legare. Although he was buf a short time the Attorney General of the United States, yet he was long enough in that high office to win the respect, the confidenee, and the friendship of the Court. For his mind was richly stored with professional learning, and he came to the argument of every case fully prepared, presenting it in the fewest possible words, and with the candour and frankness which became his official station. The loss of such a man, in the prime of his life, is a public misfortune, and we most cordially unite with the Bar in paying respect to his memory..
The Court, therefore, direct these proceedings to be entered on the record.”
Saturday, Jan. 13, 1844. It is ordered by the Court, that the proceedings of the New York Bar, in memory of the late Mr. Justice THOMPSON, be entered on the minutes of this Court, which are as follows:
" At a meeting of the Bar of the city of New York, convened in pursuance of public notice, at the Common Council chamber, on
the 20th day of December, 1843, the following resolutions were submitted by Seth P. Staples, and unanimously adopted
Whereas, we have received the melancholy intelligence of the death of the Honourable Smith THOMPSON, one of the Justices of the Supreme Court of the United States, at his residence in Poughkeepsie, on the evening of the 18th inst. :
Resolved, That we deeply feel and most sincerely lament, the death of this just and upright man, and eminent Judge. His diligence in the despatch of business, his impartiality and inflexible integrity, his firmness and humanity, endeared him to us; and his ready apprehension of the truth, and great clearness and power of intellect, during a long judicial life, commanded and received our most profound respect, and entitle bis memory to the highest veneration. The high judicial character which he attained was alike honourable to himself and beneficial to the community.
Resolved, That while the private character and eminent public services of Judge Thompson, through a long life almost exclusively devoted to the public interests, have justly entitled him to the grateful remembrance of his countrymen, they present peculiar claims lo the respect and admiration of the profession upon which they have reflected so much honour. Entering, as he did, upon public lise at an early age, as a representative in the legislature of our State -shortly thereafter called to the office of a Judge, and subsequently of Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of this State, which stations he adorned for a period of seventeen years: then, filling the exalted post of Secretary of the Navy, during the administration of President Monroe: and finally, for the last twenty years of his life, occupying a most distinguished rank in the judiciary of the Union, and sustaining with his peculiar vigor of mind and integrity of purpose, the interpretations of the Constitution which have commanded from that august tribunal the veneration of the country-he has, in each successive gradation, sustained himself with unsurpassed ability and integrity, leaving to his profession and to the community the enduring recollection of a well-spent life, and of an honourable fame. The Bar of this, the first city in his native State, deeply cherishing his memory, and justly appreciating the extent of the bereavement which they, in common with their fellow-citizens, have sustained in his death, enjoy at least a melancholy satisfaction in the retrospect of his life and services, and proudly point to them as bright examples for the imitation of those who are hereafter to
labour in the field in which he has secured the most honourable and enduring rewards.
Resolved, That as a mark of our respect for the memory of the deceased, we will wear the usual badge of mourning for thirty days.
Resolved, That the Judges of the several Courts in this city, the United States District Attorney, and the following named gentlemen : Seth P. Staples, Hugh Maxwell, Benjamin F. Butler, David S. Jones, Samuel A. Foot, John L. Lawrence, Wm. Samuel Johnson, Jeseph Blunt, Ambrose L. Jordon, David Graham, together with the President and Secretary of the meeting, be a committee to attend the funeral of the deceased, and to assure the family and friends of the deceased, how deeply we sympathize with them in the loss they have sustained, and ihat a copy of these resolutions be presented to his bereaved family.
Resolved, That the proceedings of this meeting be signed by the Chairman and Secretary, and published.
Resolved, That the Chairman and Secretary be requested to communicate a copy of the proceedings of this meeting to the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, and the District Judge of the United States, for this Circuit, with a respectful request that they may be laid before the Courts over which they respectively preside.
Resolved, That a committee of three be appointed by the Chair, to make the necessary arrangements for an eulogy, to be hereafter delivered, on the life and character of the late Judge Thompson.
SAMUEL JONES, President. CODEN EDWARDS, Secretary."
Friday, March 1, 1844. As a tribute of respect to the memory of the highly distinguished public and private individuals whose death the whole country now mourn, Mr. Attorney General moved the adjournment of the Court, and that it attend their funeral, which he accompanied with appropriate remarks.
To which Mr. Justice Story replied-
“I am directed by the Court, in reply to the communication of Mr. Attorney General, to say that the Judges receive it with deep sensibility, and will inost cordially unite in the measures adopted
by the President and the two Houses of Congress, to pay all due honours to the memory of the distinguished gentlemen whose death we all so sincerely deplore ; and we shall attend the funeral of the deceased with a melancholy satisfaction. We sympathize with the Executive and Congress, and with the whole country, in a profound sorrow for the loss sustained by the public in this sudden and awsul calamity. It indeed teaches all of us the frailty of human life, and admonishes us, in the most affecting manner, of our destiny and our duty. We shall, therefore, adjourn until next Monday, that we may be the better enabled to pay this last tribute of respect to the remains of these eminent citizens."
Monday, March 11th, 1844. On the opening of the Court this morning, Gen. Walter Jones (in the absence of the Attorney General,) announced to the Court the death of the venerable GABRIEL DUVALL, many years an associate Justice of the Court: and, though long retired from the Bench, still fresh in the remembrance of his associates for his ability and conduct as a Judge, and for every manly virtue that can adoru and dignify a public or a private station.
General Jones, after a heartfelt eulogium on the public and private character of the deceased, from the first dawn of his public career, as a zealous, undaunted, and efficient patriot of the revolution, to the close of his honoured life: and after a feeling expression of his own individual affection and respect for the person of the venerable man who had honoured him from his youth with a friendship and intimacy not frequent between persons so unequal in age and station: moved that the preamble and resolutions, adopted at a meeting of the Bar and officers of the Court, be inserted in the records of the Court's proceedings, and that the Court do now adjourn for the day.
“ Supreme Court Room, Monday, 11th March, 1844. “At a meeting of the Bar of the Supreme Court of the United States, and the officers of the Court, assembled in consequence of the recent death of the venerable GABRIEL DUVALL, late an associate Justice of this Court, the following preamble and resolutions
were proposed by Gen. Walter Jones, and unanimously adopted by the ineering:
“ Being now assembled, for the third time during the present term of the Supreme Court, to pay the grateful and just tribute of respect to the memory of the honoured dead, on no occasion have we performed that solemn office with sincerer feelings of reverence and affection than those of which the expression is now called forth by the death of the venerable Gabriel Duvall, after he had lived 10 an extreme old age, with all the well-earned honours and all the respect and esteem which had adorned and made happy the brightest periods of his spotless life, ripening, year by year, into deeper reverence; who, after most faithful and able service as an associate Justice of the Supreme Court for a period of twenty-five years, retired from the Bench eight years ago, carrying with him the undivided respect and esteem of his associates on the Bench and of the Bar, for his high and invaluable qualities as a Judge and a man : few having brought to the judicial function sounder learning, applied with sounder judgment to the practical administration of justice, with a pure and unmixed love of justice for its own sake, with conduct and manners at once benignant, firm, and dignified, the genuine result of inbred dignity, firmness, and independence of soul:
Therefore Resolved, That thc members of this meeting wear the customary badge of mourning during the present term of the Court.
Resolved, That the Chairman and Secretary communicate a copy of these proceedings to the family of the deceased, accompanied by assurances of the condolence of the members of this meeting in the heavy affliction with which they have been visited.
Resolved, That the Attorney General be requested, in behalf of this meeting, to present these proceedings to the Supreme Court in session, and respectfully to ask that they may be entered in the minutes of the Court.
Joun. SERGEANT, Chairman. BENI'N C. HOWARD, Secretary,"
To which Mr. Justice Story made the following reply
“ The Court received with the most unaffected sincerity the remarks which have been made at the bar, upon the death of our late venerable friend and colleague, Mr. Justice DUVALL. His irbanity, his courtesy, his gentle manners, his firm integrity and undependence, and his sound judgment, so eloquently and truly