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The Life of James Otis, of Massachusetts; Containing Also, Notices of Some Contemporary Characters and Events, From the Year 1760 to 1775 (Paperback)

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Purchase of this book includes free trial access to www.million-books.com where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: after much persuasion, they induced him to play a country dance for them with his violin, on which instrument he then practised a little. The set was made up, and after they were fairly engaged, he suddenly stopped and holding up his fiddle and bow, exclaimed " So Orpheus fiddled, and so danced the brutes!" and then tossing aside the instrument, rushed into the garden, followed by the disappointed revellers, who were obliged to convert their intended dance, into a frolicksome chase after the fugitive musician. His Preparation for the Study of Law—Letter on that Subject- His Entrance into the Profession—Literary Pursuits—Two Private Letters—His Marriage and Family—Professional Anecdotes. After leaving college in 1743, Otis devoted eighteen months to the pursuit of various branches of literature, previously to entering on the study of jurisprudence. He always regretted that he had not given a longer time to the acquisition of general knowledge, before he directed his attention exclusively to reading law. The learning he acquired in this preparatory study, was afterwards of the greatest use to him. He inculcated on his pupils as amaxim, " that a lawyer ought never to be without a volume of natural or public law, or moral philosophy, on his table, or in his pocket." His own expressions in the following letter, will place this subject in a strong light: though only a sketch of the advantages resulting from the course he recommends, yet they are ably stated and come from him with peculiar weight. The letter was addressed to his father, on the subject of his younger brother Samuel Allyne Otis studying law. It was written in 1760, and may be inserted here appropriately, though it is anticipating the regular course of dates. In conversing with his brother on the subject of this study...



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