A Tribute to Theodore Woolsey [i.e. William] Dwight, Presented on His Resignation from the Wardenship of the Columbia College Law School, 1891

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Frederic Joseph Swift
Knickerbocker Press, 1891 - College teachers - 53 pages
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Page 2 - Heaven doth with us as we with torches do, Not light them for themselves ; for if our virtues Did not go forth of us, 'twere all alike As if we had them not. Spirits are not finely touch'd But to fine issues, nor Nature never lends The smallest scruple of her excellence, But, like a thrifty goddess, she determines Herself the glory of a creditor, Both thanks and use.
Page 44 - It is said of Judge Joseph Story "that his familiar bearing toward ' the boys ' — as he called the students, — his frankness, bubbling humor, merry and contagious laugh, and inexhaustible fund of incident and anecdote, with which he gave piquancy and zest to the driest themes, won for him the love of his pupils, whose professional careers, after they left the Harvard Law School, he watched with fatherly interest." How truly these words apply to the work of Professor Dwight, those who have been...
Page 52 - MY DEAR SIR: — I very much regret that the condition of my health will not permit me to comply with the request contained in your letter. Did circumstances permit, it would give me great pleasure to bear testimony to the high character, ability, and worth of my dear friend and teacher, Professor Dwight, for whom I have always had the most affectionate regard. Sincerely yours, LE BARON B. COLT.
Page 23 - ... will be grateful. The same is equally true of numerous decisions pertaining to negotiable paper, especially as affected by its theft, forgery, and loss ; of equitable conversion, of dower, of partnership, and the covenant of quiet enjoyment. It may be truthfully said of substantially all these opinions that they are monographs, exhausting the particular subject under discussion. We doubt whether, in any reports, a greater amount of learning is anywhere condensed into an equal number of pages....
Page 44 - But I confess that I dwell with even more pleasure upon the entirety of a life adorned by consistent principles, and filled up in the discharge of virtuous duty; where there is nothing to regret, and nothing to conceal; no friendships broken ; no confidence betrayed; no timid surrenders to popular clamor; no eager reaches for popular favor. Who does not listen with conscious pride to the truth, that the disciple, the friend, the biographer of Washington, still lives, the uncompromising advocate of...
Page 44 - ... whom Daniel Webster said that his career was " marked by uniform greatness, wisdom, and integrity " ; and of whom Mr. Justice Story said that his " expositions of constitutional law are a monument of fame, far beyond the ordinary memorials of political and military glory " ; and that " his life was adorned by consistent principles and filled up in the discharge of virtuous duty.
Page 47 - It was Professor Dwight's attractive personality that drew me — although a graduate of Harvard — to the Columbia Law School. It was he who taught me, as he did the graduates of other universities who have come to his classes, to feel a deep and lasting interest in the welfare and success of Columbia — while, of course, the more distant alma mater always claims our affectionate loyalty.. Professor Dwight for a longtime WAS the Columbia Law School. It hardly existed when he became connected with...
Page 53 - DEAR SIR : — I was ill and absent from my office when yours of April 2d came, and now for the first time find opportunity to answer. I very much regret that I shall be unable to comply with your request. Nothing would give me greater pleasure than to write an article on Professor Dwight's influence upon legal training in this country. Expressing my regret and thanking you heartily for the opportunity which you have offered, I am Yours truly, WM IviNS. Letters were also addressed, among others,...
Page 8 - ... of Hamilton College in 1857. The school was in its infancy, but his superlative qualifications as a teacher were already recognized by all the friends of the college, and had begun to attract a wider recognition. The classes were small, eight members comprising the whole corps of students that year. Professor Dwight was in the prime of vigorous manhood. He was endued with an enthusiasm for the law both as a science and a vocation, which was contagious and irresistible, and which, concentrated...
Page 5 - ... brief and compact form, and in a mode of statement much more accurate and reliable than he would probably have attained by himself from his own study of the decisions.

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