Samuel Seabury, Esq., Again
AT the age of forty-three, Samuel Seabury had to make a new beginning as a lawyer. He noted for himself:
After my defeat I immediately gave my attention to the arrangements for practicing law. I had been away all the years in judicial office from the time I took office as a justice of the city court in January, 1903, until I resigned from the court of appeals in September, 1916. I had been on the bench performing judicial services for almost fourteen years--in the city court, the supreme court and the court of appeals. I had enjoyed every minute of that service, and I had given it every energy which I possessed. I determined to devote myself to private practice; not, however, losing sight of the necessity for giving some attention to public affairs.
He had no other choice. As when he had begun in the 1890's, there was no independent income or family business to fall back on. Although Maud and Sam had no children of their own, they assumed part of the obligation of educating John and William Northrop, Mrs. Seabury's nephews; Bill Northrop lived with them for many years. They owned a brownstone on East 11th Street and a cottage and farm acreage in East Hampton. Living simply but well, as a former public official affiliated with many organizations, could be expensive.