The conversion of a skeptic
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Publisher: Date:8/5/2009 - General Books LLC
By: Maxwell Pierson Gaddis
Excerpt from book: LEGAL PRACTICE. CHAPTER III. Mr. Baldwin while engaged in the Academy at Winchester, determined upon his course of life for the future. He made choice of the profession of law, and immediately commenced the work of preparation. The law seemed exactly adapted to his genius and peculiar talents. He now resolved to become a member of the bar as soon as he could qualify himself for the responsible duties of such an honorable vocation. It was a matter of great surprise to his most intimate friends, that he should progress with such rapidity in the study of the law, and at the same time attend so faithfully to his duties as teacher in the Academy. He was enabled in a short period to master the fundamental principles of the law, as well as the forms and technicalities requisite for admission to practice. All his previous habits of thought and logical powers of mind, were of great advantage to him in soon acquiring a large amount of legal knowledge. He always loved to study, and now that he felt anxious to become a good lawyer, he applied himself with unusual. assiduity to the study and reading of the course prescribed. To the surprise of his acquaintances he soon announced himself ready to pass the usual ordeal before those whose duty it was to decide upon his competency for the profession of the law. The examination was conducted by one of the best judges of law in that part of the State of Virginia, and was highly satisfactory to all present. The judge was astonished at the readiness with which he answered the most difficult questions proposed by the committee. At the close of the examination Mr. inquired of Mr. Baldwin how long he had been engaged in the study of his profession, "Just six months, sir," was the truthful and prompt reply of the young aspirant. The judge was...