A Discourse Pronounced at the Funeral Obsequies of John Hooker Ashmun, Esq., Royall Professor of Law in Harvard University: Before the President, Fellows, and Faculty in the Chapel of the University, April 5, 1833

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Brown, Shattuck, 1833 - Funeral sermons - 20 pages

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Page 7 - And though it is said, this corruptible shall put on incorruption, and this mortal shall put on immortality...
Page 20 - ... often obtained a triumph, where mere eloquence must have failed. His conscientious earnestness commanded confidence, and his powerful expostulations secured the passes to victory. It has been said, and I doubt not with entire correctness, that, in the three interior counties of the state, to which his practice extended, he was, during the last years of his professional residence, engaged on one side of every important cause. Certain it is, that no man of his years was ever listened to with more...
Page 11 - Accustomed to practise, he stood in the very first rank of his profession, without any acknowledged superior.
Page 18 - The law is a science of such vast extent and intricacy, of such severe logic and nice dependencies, that it has always tasked the highest minds to reach even its ordinary boundaries. But eminence in it can never be attained without the most laborious study, united with talents of a superior order. There is no royal road to guide us through its labyrinths.
Page 7 - To all the blest above; So when the last and dreadful hour This crumbling pageant shall devour, The trumpet shall be heard on high, The dead shall live, the living die, And Music shall untune the sky.
Page 19 - His success at the bar, which was so great as, before quitting Northampton, to have secured his being engaged on one side or the other of every important cause in the counties in which he practised, was, in short, a triumph due almost exclusively to his extensive and accurate knowledge of his profession...
Page 12 - The honors of the university," says Judge Story, in his funeral discourse, " were never more worthily bestowed, never more meekly worn, and never more steadily brightened. He gathered about him all the honors, which are usually the harvest of the ripest life.
Page 15 - ... Forster, formerly of the rancho of Santa Margarita. All who knew Mr. del Valle in his lifetime will sympathize with and indorse the following eloquent and true words of Judge Sepulveda concerning his friend, the subject of this sketch : "There was much in his life to engage our affection and respect. Few men have impressed upon the memory of their friends a livelier sense of excellence and unsullied virtue. In the private and domestic circle he was greatly beloved. He was confiding and affectionate....
Page 19 - These are to be penetrated by skill, and mastered by a frequent survey of landmarks. It has almost passed into a proverb that the lucubrations of twenty years will do little more than conduct us to the vestibule of the temple; and an equal period may well be devoted to exploring the recesses.
Page 19 - ... tribute to his memory than this, that while his scrutiny was severely close, he was most cordially beloved by all his pupils. He lived with them upon terms of the most familiar intimacy ; and he has sometimes with a delightful modesty and elegance said to me, 'I am but the eldest Boy upon the form.' Owing to ill health, he could not be said to have attained either grace of person or ease of action. His voice was feeble; his utterance, though clear, was labored ; and his manner, though appropriate,...

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