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 - 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 " his boys " can bear witness. The...
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 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 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.
Page 46 - His imperturbable good-nature, his gentleness and kindness of manner, his indulgence for the errors and mistakes and even the heedlessness and indifference of his students, and his patient persistence in re-explaining and re-enforcing what many another man would think had already been sufficiently explained and enforced, have stimulated many a mind which otherwise would have given up in despair. No student . . . ever felt rebuffed or snubbed by Professor Dwight, so long as he was seeking for light,...
Page 11 - ... advance upon the thirty pages that was our daily task, and afterwards, if there was a lecture, we copied for fifteen minutes from his dictation. Any one was at perfect liberty to ask any question, which was promptly answered. In 1860 there was no Washburn on Real Estate and no acceptable book upon Torts. The New York Court of Appeals' Reports numbered only sixteen volumes. Story, now almost out of date, was the great standard authority in almost all departments of law. The Junior Class began...

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