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us believe, - does not, so far as we have been able to discover from the catalogue before us, contain a single work in the German language !
In what we have said, it has been far, very far, from our intention, to undervalue the law library of Harvard University, or to find any fault with the distinguished gentlemen, who have charge of the school with which it is connected, for the deficiencies we have pointed out. We desire to bear our testimony to its great excellence; and, while doing so, to suggest beforehand to the edi. tor of the next catalogue, that it is quite too valuable to need any undeserved or vainglorious commendation. 4. — Reports of Cases argued and determined in the Supreme
Court of Ohio in Bank. By P. B. Wilcox, Attorney at Law. Volume I. Columbus : Wright and Legg, 1841.
The volume before us appears to be the commencement of a new series of the reports of the supreme court of Ohio, reported upon a new plan, and by a new reporter, All we are told of the matter, however, is contained in the following pithy memorandum, which we admire for its brevity, a rare quality indeed in books of reports :
“In these reports, the statement of facts and the opinion are drawn up for the press by the judge who gives the decision of the court. The cases are argued on paper. The arguments are either printed entire, abstracted by the reporter, -- or omitted, - as directed by the court. Judge Hitchcock, in his cases, makes his own abstract of the arguments.”
We are inclined to think well of this mode of reporting from the specimen here presented. It leaves the reporter but little more to do, than to act as an editor, in superintending the press, and to make the introductory abstracts and index ; - all which seems well done by Mr. Wilcox. Besides performing the ordinary duties of a re. porter, Mr. Wilcox has inserted several learned and valuable notes. We noticed one case, in which the introductory note stated only one of the two points argued and decided in the case, namely, Vairin v. Can. Ins. Co., p. 223. In this case, two points were made, relating to the proof of an insurable interest in the plaintiff, and the competency of the pilot of a steamboat as a witness. The latter only is stated.
INTELLIGENCE AND MISCELLANY.
Hilliard's Law of Sales. In a short notice of this work, in our last number, we took occasion to allude to its title of Treatise, as implying an assumption of character for it, to which it was not entitled. Our criticism, as we are informed, has been so far misconceived by the author, as to be supposed to intend a censure of him, for giving his work a higher title than it deserved; and as equivalent to saying, that because we did not think the work a treatise, therefore, we considered it to be wholly destitute of merit. As we would not willingly be the means of doing injustice by our criticisms, least of all, to a deserving and industrious fellow laborer in the literature of the law, we beg to assure Mr. Hilliard, that we had no intention whatever to disparage his Law of Sales, which we regard as a very valuable and useful compilation ; and we certainly did not mean to charge him with selecting the title of Treatise, for the purpose of giving his work the appearance of something higher than a compilation or digest.
American Trials. We take great pleasure in announcing, that our friend and cotemporary, P. W. Chandler, Esq., editor of the Law Reporter, has commenced the preparation of a work, with the above title, the first volume of which will very shortly appear. Having been favored with a perusal of the sheets as far as printed, we have no hesitation in saying, that these trials will be read with very great interest and satisfaction by all classes of readers.
To our Readers. It will be perceived, that, commencing with the present number, S. F. Dixon, Esq. of New York, has become an associate editor of this Journal. No change in the character of the work is contemplated. It will be conducted as heretofore.
QUARTERLY LIST OF NEW PUBLICATIONS.
A Digested Index to the Common Law Reports, relating to Conveyancing and Bankruptcy, commencing with the reign of Elizabeth, in 1558, to the present time. By Edward Chitty and Francis Forster, Barristers at Law.
Cases chiefly relating to the Criminal and Presentment Law, reserved for consideration, and decided by the Twelve Judges of Ireland, from May, 1822, to November, 1840. By Robert Jebb, Esq., Barrister at Law.
A Treatise on the Law relating to Infants. By William M'Pherson, of the Inner Temple, Esq., Barrister at Law. Part I. Guardianship.
Plain Instructions to Executors and Administrators, showing their Duties and Responsibilities ;' with Abstracts of the Legacy Acts, and a Fictitious Will, comprising every Description of Legacy, with the Forms, filled up, for every Bequest. By John H. Brady, late of the Legacy Duty Office, Somerset House. The ninth edition.
A Treatise on Wills. By T. Jarman, Esq., of the Middle Temple, Barrister at Law. In two volumes. Vol. I.
An Analysis of the First Principles or Elementary Rules of Pleading contained in Stephen, Archbold, and Chitty ; designed for the use of Students in Law and Articled Clerks. By Richard Garde, Esq., A. M., of the Middle Temple, Barrister at Law. Second edition.
A Treatise on the Rights and Duties of Merchant Seamen, according to the General Maritime Law and the Statutes of the United States. By George Ticknor Curlis,, of the Boston Bar. In one volume, 8vo.
The Common Law and Equity Digest, carefully compiled, and so arranged as to form a Practical Book of Reference in Chancery and Courts below. By George Farren, jun., Esq., Chancery Barrister. In 8vo.
Reports of Cases argued and determined in the Supreme Judi. cial Court of Massachusetts. By Octavius Pickering. Vol. XIX. Boston: Charles C. Little and James Brown.
[This completes the series of Mr. Pickering's Reports, down to and including the twenty-second volume. We understand he has a twenty-third volume in press, which will complete the series of the Massachusetts Reports, down to the first of Metcalf.]
Reports of Cases argued and determined in the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts. By Theron Metcalf. Vol. I. Boston : Charles C. Little and James Brown.
[For an opinion of Mr. Metcalf 's first volume, see a notice of the first part of it in the last October number.]
Reports of Cases argued and determined in the Supreme Court of Judicature, and in the Court for the Correction of Errors of the state of New York. By John L. Wendell. Vol. XXIII.
The American Chancery Digest ; being a digested Index of all the Reported Decisions in Equity in the United States Courts, and in the courts of the several states. By Jacob D. Wheeler, Counsellor at Law. 2 vols. 8vo.
The Louisiana Law Journal, devoted to the Theory and Prac. tice of the Law. Edited by Gustavus Schmidt, Counsellor at Law. Vol. I., No. I. May, 1841. Published quarterly by E. Johns and Co., Stationer's Hall, New Orleans, 1841.
[This first number of a young law periodical promises so well, that we cannot but hope the work will live to grow up.)
National Rights and State Rights. A Review of the Case of Alexander McLeod ; recently determined in the Supreme Court of Judicature of the state of New York. By a Member of the Massachusetts Bar. Reprinted from the Law Reporter. Boston: Bradbury and Soden, 1841.
[We are glad to see this very able article, understood to be by John Pickering, Esq., reprinted for general circulation.j
ART. I. - LIFE OF LORD CHANCELLOR BATHURST.
[On the dismission of lord Camden from the office of chancellor, in the month of January, 1770, Charles Yorke, the second son of lord chancellor Hardwicke, was induced, by the allurements of power and the personal solicitation of his sovereign, to desert his party and accept the vacant office, with the title of lord keeper. This defection from his political principles brought upon him the bitter reproaches of his party and friends, and is commonly supposed to have led to his premature and melancholy death, of which the following account is given by the author of the life of lord Hardwicke, in the Law Magazine. “ His acceptance of the great seal, in January, 1770, gave such displeasure to his brother, to lord Rockingham, and others of the party with which he was connected, that, stung with the coldness and the reproaches he had encountered in an interview with them, he no sooner arrived at his house in Ormond street, than he drank freely of some brandy which happened to be on the sideboard. The ardent spirits, combined with the strong irritation and the nervous excitement of his mind, brought on a violent paroxysm of sickness, which occasioned the rupture of a blood-vessel, and he lived but a very short time afterwards."
As lord Camden was not dismissed before the sixteenth of January, and Yorke died on the twentieth, the latter can hardly be considered as making one of the series of English chancellors ; though, if he had lived, there is no doubt that his learning and talents would have secured him an honorable if not a distinguished rank among them.
On the death of Mr. Yorke, the seals were put into commission, until the month of January in the following year (1771), when they were delivered to VOL. XXVI. NO. LII.