Memoirs of the Life of William Wirt: Attorney General of the United States - Vol. 2

Memoirs of the Life of William Wirt: Attorney General of the United States - Vol. 2

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Memoirs of the Life of William Wirt: Attorney General of the United States - Vol. 2

Memoirs of the Life of William Wirt: Attorney General of the United States - Vol. 2

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ARGUES HIS SECOND CAUSE IN THE SUPREME COURT. -- LETTER OF ADVICE TO GILMER. -- HIS ANXIETY IN THE COMPOSITION OF THE BIOGRAPHY. -- LETTERS TO CARR. -- THE BIOGRAPHY GOES TO PRESS. -- IS PUBLISHED. -- LETTER FROM MR. MONROE OFFERING HIM THE POST OF ATTORNEY-GENERAL. -- ACCEPTS, AND REPAIRS TO WASHINGTON.--LETTERS TO MRS. W.

MR. WIRT had, as yet, argued but one cause in the Supreme Court. Early in this year his professional engagements called him to a second trial in that forum. We shall see in the following letters, upon what occasion and how this effort succeeded. The first of these was written at intervals, before and after his visit to Washington. It is addressed to his young friend Gilmer, and contains, what we have always found in the letters written to him, a kind and instructive lesson composed in the spirit of an affectionate preceptor who took the liveliest concern in the advancement and success of his pupil. Like the others to the same correspondent, it pours forth that wholesome counsel which may be read with profit by every professional student. What is given below are but some extracts from this letter It refers, in part, to the expected publication of the biography, which was now ready for the press, and the opinion of "The honourable Thomas" (a jocular allusion to Mr. Jefferson,) upon the subject; and, in part, to the personal concerns of him to whom it was written.

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