Reminiscences and Anecdotes of Daniel Webster

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CHAPTER V.
AT THE BAR.--CONTINUED
THE great law cases in which Mr. Webster engaged during his professional career were carefully studied, and the arguments, in every instance, were elaborately prepared. His briefs, notes, and memoranda prove this beyond a doubt. A large mass of legal documents still exist to testify to his diligence, research, and logical acumen. The papers belonging to each case are filed by themselves and properly labelled. The contents of some of these parcels have been carefully examined. The papers relating to the Dartmouth College case contain,--
1. Notes on the arguments of Messrs. Holmes and Wirt; topics of discourse, heads of their arguments, and authorities quoted by them are noted. Scarcely any reference contains more than one line; and important points are marked by an index and underscored, to call attention to them. These memoranda were evidently made while those lawyers were speaking.
2. In another parcel are found five sheets of letter-paper, closely written over with the main

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