The Public and Private Life of Daniel Webster; Including Most of His Great Speeches, Letters from Marshfield, Etc., Etc

The Public and Private Life of Daniel Webster; Including Most of His Great Speeches, Letters from Marshfield, Etc., Etc

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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. 1852 edition. Excerpt: ...argumentative and persevering, and therefore a most powerful antag onist. The other was Judge Smith, who resided in a neighboring town, and about this time had returned to the bar, after having been Chief Justice of the State. He was one of the best read lawyers in New England, and also a fine classical scholar. His speaking at the bar was easy, fluent, playful or severe, as the occasion required. His opinions passed for law with the court and jury, and the weight of his character was felt in every cause in which he was engaged. With these, and others of eminence, Mr Webster had to contend, at an age when most young lawyers are preparing the_mselves for future labors, in minor causes and in inferior courts. He did not rely on his eloquence for success, but prepared himself with great industry and care. He secured the jury by a clear statement of his case, and he always used such plain language that they could not misunderstand him; they thought it was just such as they would have used had they been called to tell the same story, not knowing how difficult it is to reach such a style of communicating our thoughts. The elder practitioners now sharpened their wits to take the lead of him in the law arguments to the bench. In this they were disappointed, for he was at home there also. He argued his causes before the Judges of the court with as much elearness and force as he had done to the jury. His mind, naturally logical, vor. 11 2 seized the strong points in a law case, and he pushed his reasonings home to the understandings of the Judges. His seniors at the bar now found it was better to divide the empire with him than to dispute it. These great men soon became his cordial friends, and are now, said he, among his warmest admirers and...
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  • Paperback | 142 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 8mm | 268g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236800184
  • 9781236800183