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ENTERED, according to Act of Congress, in the year 1850, by

GEORGE P. PUTNAM, in the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the United States for the Southern

District of New York.

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EDWARD O. JENKINS, PRINTER AND STEREOTYPER,

No. 114 Nassau Street, New York

PREFACE.

Give me the best possible example of an American Lawyer—a model for the young men of our country.

« The late Jeremiah Mason, of Boston,” was the prompt reply.

" I recommend to your notice John Jay, of New York,” said another.

Bring forward Chief Justice Marshall as a glorious example !” exclaimed a fervent admirer of that great man.

“Do not forget Pinckney, of Maryland, one of the ablest lawyers this country has produced," added a fourth adviser,

“ William Wirt would prove the most exciting and encouraging example to the youthful aspirant to legal distinction."

Stay, stay! my good friends, you have already made out a brilliant constellation of "bright particular stars"-may they prove guiding-stars to success.

It is but an humble task to daguerreotype from spirited paintings executed by others. Yet, a similar task is attempted in this little volume. The original likenesses were drawn by great masters,* and the full-length portraits will, doubtless, be carefully studied, when after years give time and opportunity.

* Webster, Jay, Wheaton, Kennedy.

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