John Marshall and the Constitution

John Marshall and the Constitution

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1919 edition. Excerpt: ...indeed, through the welcome stimulus which a clash of views gave to his reasoning powers. Though the wealth of available legal talent at this period was impressively illustrated in connection both with Chase's impeachment and with Burr's trial, yet on neither of these occasions appeared William Pinkney of Maryland, the attorney to whom Marshall acknowledged his greatest indebtedness, and who was universally acknowledged to be the leader of the American Bar from 1810 until his death twelve years later. Besides being a great lawyer, Pinkney was also a notable personality, as George Ticknor's sketch of him as he appeared before the Supreme Court in 1815 goes to prove: ' You must imagine, if you can, a man formed on nature's most liberal scale, who at the age of 50 is possessed with the ambition of being a pretty fellow, wears corsets to diminish his bulk, uses cosmetics, as he told Mrs. Gore, to smooth and soften a skin growing somewhat wrinkled and rigid with age, dresses in a style which would be thought foppish in a much younger man. You must imagine such a man standing before the gravest tribunal in the land, and engaged in causes of the deepest moment; but still apparently thinking how he can claim like a practised rhetorician in the London Cocl which he used to frequent. Yet you must, at the s time, imagine his declamation to be chaste and pre in its language and cogent, logical and learned in argument, free from the artifice and affectation of manner, and in short, opposite to what you might fa have expected from his first appearance and to And when you have compounded these inconsistem in your imagination, and united qualities which on cc mon occasions nature seems to hold asunder, you VI perhaps, begin to...show more

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  • Paperback | 48 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 104g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236741544
  • 9781236741547