Academic journal article The Journal of Southern Legal History

Preface

Academic journal article The Journal of Southern Legal History

Preface

Article excerpt

"I recall my fleeting instants in Savannah as the taste of a cup charged to the brim." - Henry James

This might be said to be the "Savannah Edition" of the Journal. Our centerpiece this time is a masterful oral history of one of Savannah's leading citizens of modern times, the Hon. Frank Cheatham. Judge Cheatham "tells it like it is," with respects to all aspects of legal and political life in Georgia's coastal city during his lifetime of private practice and public service there. Thanks in no small part to Judge Cheatham's reform efforts, the waspish remark of Lady Astor of England in 1946, that Savannah is "a beautiful woman with a dirty face," is no longer true.

The Foundation's own Professor Ray Lanier, a brilliant legal scholar, chronicles the long-ago Savannah misadventures of the Rev. John Wesley. Although Wesley certainly went on to make "the world his parish," his youthful tenure as rector of the Anglican church during the city's early days was marked by scandal, litigation, and generally uncommendable conduct on all sides. This is an interesting, important footnote to the life of one of the world's greatest religious leaders.

This volume continues with another consideration of the intersection of law and morals in early Georgia. …

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