Reminiscences of the Early Bench and Bar of Illinois

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General Books LLC, 2009 - 194 pages
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1879 Excerpt: ... LYMAN TEUMBULL. AYING disposed of my old friend Zadock Casey. I will introduce to the notice of the public a man whose name is familiar to every school-boy in this nation; and of course known to every one who is familiar with the history of our country, and I presume even beyond the limits of our Republic--I mean Lyman Trumbull, late Senator in Congress from the State of Illinois. My acquaintance with him commenced (as well as I now recollect) about 1838-39 or 1840. I have already incidentally alluded to him before, where we were opposed to each other in the trial in which Vandeevers, the hotel keeper at Kaskaskia, was the plaintiff--in which he was for the plaintiff, and I was for the defendant. He was a very able circuit court lawyer, and indeed a profound and learned lawyer in any court, State or National. I think it was on the Mississippi Circuit in 1841, at the Circuit Court in St. Clair county, that Trumbull, Koerner and myself defended an Irishman indicted for the murder of his wife. According to the evidence this murder should have occurred between St. Louis and Belleville, fourteen miles distant from St. Louis. I relate this incident for the purpose of enlivening these pages with a very amusing occurrence that took place during the trial of the case. At the post mortem examination of the woman a great many physicians were present, the most eminent of whom was Dr. Smith; also several others, and amongst them one Dr. Goforth, who was familiarly known as old Pills. We had the precaution to have these doctors separated, that they should not hear each other's testimony. Dr. Smith was first examined, whose testimony was rather damaging to our client; but we got him to state so many particulars in reference to the appearances that we felt assured in our ...

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