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Excerpt from The Miscellaneous Writings of Joseph Story, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, and Dane Professor of Law at Harvard University
Let me here do justice to a gentleman, whom I have always respected with the most unfeigned sincerity. I have spoken of my peculiar situation at the bar, by which I do not mean that I was treated by any one with harshness or unkindness; far from it. But I was solitary in my political Opinions, and therefore in a good measure excluded from those intimacies, which warm and cheer the intercourse of the profession. I wish to speak of one then very eminent at the bar, and still, I thank God, living in the maturity of his reputation. I mean Mr. William Prescott. He was a decided Federalist, and at all times one of the ablest and most accomplished of the Federal leaders. A man of more chivalric honor, of more probity, sound sense, and disere tion, I scarcely know. From the moment I came to the bar, he treated me with unhesitating kindness and respect; and when such occurrences were rare from other quarters, I con stantly received from him invitations to the parties at his house, as if I belonged to the circle of his own friends. This was kindness when it was useful, and when it was felt, and when, to say the least, it would in public estimation, have been quite as much to his advantage, if he had abstained from such civilities. I have never since ceased to remember this unsought and unbought token of his respect. And I have never since had occasion, even in the bitterest periods of party spirit, to know any diminution of his regard or friend ship. It is my pride to count him among those choice friends, whose regard would atter my pride, and whose censure would infuse the most serious doubts into the estimate of my own conduct.
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