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Purchase of this book includes free trial access to www.million-books.com where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: CHAPTER III. 1801-1807. BEGINS THE STUDY OF THE- LAW IN SALISBURY TEACHES A SCHCK L IN MAINE ENTERS THE OFFICE OF MR. GORE IN BOSTON ADMISSION TO THE BAK REFUSES A LUCRATIVE OFFICE PRACTISES IN BOSCAWEN DEATH OF HIS' FATHER REMOVAL TO PORTSMOUTH. I EAVING his brother Ezekiel at college in the Sophomore -L class, Mr. Webster returned to his father's house immediately after he was graduated, in August, 1801, and commenced the study of the law in the office of Thomas W. Thompson, Esq., a lawyer in Salisbury, his father's neighbor and friend. He chose this profession in compliance with the wish of his father, who did not, however, make that wish known to him in any other than the most delicate manner. His other friends urged it strongly; and the nearness of a very good lawyer's office to his father's house probably had some influence on his decision. But his own inclination to the law was not at first very strong. The tenor of his correspondence at this period shows, at least, that he would gladly have spent some further time in exploring the wider fields of literature. Yet he precipitated himself into an office, as he said at the time, and immediately began such a course of elementary law-reading as the books and the methods of that day afforded. Mr. Thompson, the gentleman with whom he began to study his profession, was a lawyer in good country practice, an assiducms man of business, and a person of cultivated mind.1 He possessed a tolerably good law library, and a much better one in general letters and history. The first works which Mr. Webster read in the law were in the department of the Law of Nations?being Vattel, Burlamaqui, and Montesquieu. These were followed by a part of Blackstone's Commentaries, and he read, at the same time, the historians Hume a...
This is an OCR edition without illustrations or index. It may have numerous typos or missing text. However, purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original rare book from GeneralBooksClub.com. You can also preview excerpts from the book there. Purchasers are also entitled to a free trial membership in the General Books Club where they can select from more than a million books without charge. Volume: 1; Original Published by: D. Appleton in 1872 in 640 pages; Subjects: Biography & Autobiography / Historical; Biography & Autobiography / General; Biography & Autobiography / Historical; Biography & Autobiography / Political; History / United States / General; History / United States / 19th Century; Political Science / Government / Legislative Branch;