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he may bound, in a moment, into the still regions of delightful studies, and be at rest.

"He recalls the annoyance that pursues him; reflects that he has done all that might become a man to avoid or bear it; he indulges in one good long, human sigh, picks up a volume where the mark kept his place, and in about the same time that it takes the Mohammedan, in the Spectator, to put his head in the bucket of water and raise it out, he finds himself exploring the arrow-marked ruins of Nineveh with Layard; or worshipping at the spring-head of the stupendous Missouri with Clarke and Lewis; or watching with Columbus for the sublime moment of the rising of the curtain from before the great mystery of the sea; or looking reverentially on while Socrates-the discourse on immortality ended-refuses the offer of escape, and takes in his hand the poison, to die in obedience to the unrighteous sentence of the law; or, perhaps, it is in the contemplation of some vast spectacle or phenomenon of Nature that he has found his quick peace-the renewed exploration of one of her great laws or some glimpse opened by the pencil of St. Pierre, or Humboldt, or Chateaubriand, or Wilson, of the 'blessedness and glory of her own deep, calm, and mighty existence.'

"Let the case of a busy lawyer testify to the priceless value of the love of reading. He comes home, his temples throbbing, his nerves shattered, from a trial of a week; surprised and alarmed by the charge of the judge, and pale with anxiety about the verdict of the next morning, not at all satisfied with what he has done himself, though he does not yet see how he could have improved it; recalling with dread and self-disparagement, if not with envy, the brilliant effort of his antagonist, and tormenting himself with the vain wish that he could have replied to it—and altogether a very miserable subject, and in as unfavourable condition to accept comfort from wife and children as poor Christian in the first three pages of the Pilgrim's Progress.

"With a superhuman effort he opens his book, and in a twinkling of an eye he is looking into the full orb of Ho

meric or Miltonic song'; or he stands in the crowd breathless, yet swayed as forests or the sea by winds, hearing and to judge the Pleadings for the Crown; or the philosophy which soothed Cicero or Boëthius in their afflictions, in exile, in prison, and the contemplation of death, breathes over his petty cares like the sweet south; or Pope or Horace laugh him into good humour, or he walks with Æneas and the Sybil in the mild light of the world of the laurelled dead, and the court-house is as completely forgotten as the dream of a pre-Adamite life. Well may he prize that endeared charm, so effectual and safe, without which the brain had long ago been chilled by paralysis, or set on fire by insanity!"

Mr. Choate's originality was never questioned. He co pied no one, in language or style of argumentation. He was always natural and unaffected, and was beyond question one of the most powerful advocates that ever addressed a jury. At the time of his death he was at the head of the American bar. He discharged his duty to the letter in every relation of life, public and private. No good man was his enemy, and for the respect of the vicious he was not solicitous.

Mr. Choate was extremely courteous and kind to his juniors, and he was sincerely mourned by them at his death. His fidelity to the interests of clients knew no bounds. His life was a useful one, and so perfect a character should be looked upon as an example by the younger members of the legal profession worthy of their closest imitation. The more carefully they read the history of his life and his utterances in public the greater will be their reverence for him.

He died at Halifax, on the 13th of July, 1859.

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INDEX.

Adams, John.

A

Description of Otis, 336

Adams, John Quincy.

Exhortation to eloquence, 72

Comparison between ancient and
modern oratory, 74

Æschines, 15-18

Suit against Ctesiphon, 15
Afrania, 38

Alison.

Eloquence in the reign of George

III., 77

Allen, William, 444

Ames, Fisher, 338-343

Upon Hamilton, 326

On the Sanctity of Treaties, 340
Anaxagoras, 3

Antonius, Marcus, 31

Antony, Mark, Cicero against, 65
Ashurst, Justice, 248
Augustine, 80.

B

Baillie, Captain, defence of, 199
Baldwin.

Randolph's opposition to war with
England, 343

Beecher, Henry Ward,

Definition of oratory, 70

Berryer.

French advocate at his daily duties,

302

Blair.

Upon Modern Eloquence, 80
Blessington, Lady.

Description of Disraeli, 274
Bolingbroke, Lord, 91-96

Law as a science, 93

The study of history, 94
Letter to Windham, 96
Boswell.

Erskine and Johnson, 194

Bright, John, 261-274

Extract from speech against the

Crimean War, 268

Tribute from Gladstone, 271

Brougham, Lord, 176–188

Oration on the Crown, 17

Lord Bolingbroke, 91

The Administration of Lord Chat-
ham, 100

Eloquence of Chatham, 105

Fox and Demosthenes, 123
Canning, 175

Extract from speech on Law Re-

form, 182

Extract from speech on Emanci-

pation of Negro Apprentices,

183

Tribute to Washington, 183

The fate of the Reformer, 185

The conqueror and the schoolmaster,

187

Tribute to Erskine, 241

Brown, David l'aul.

The advocate, 71

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