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exemplary; in his habits, above reproach; in his nature, a well-spring of cheerfulness and good-fellowship, and an enterprising and liberal supporter of public improvements and charities. He left behind him no page which his friends would desire folded or concealed.



James Butler Campbell was born at Oxford, in the state of Massachusetts. To it, his father, the Rev. John Campbell, had fled from the persecutions which were visited on the adherents of the cause of the Stuarts, to which the ties of blood, connecting him with the Duke of Argyle, had attached him. In Oxford, he was the first minister of the Presbyterian Church, and in that place he lived honored and respected, and his memory is there still gratefully and affectionately cherished.

Of all the advantages of education, and these were not in any manner limited, but embraced all that could be had, Mr. Campbell availed himself, prompted by the taste for letters, which was kept alive during his life, even amid the absorbing duties of large professional engagements. Of this,' ample evidence is seen in the finished productions of his pen, than which none surpassed the force and beauty of the pure and finished style which had become an essential and inseparable accompaniment of all his productions.

In his very early manhood, James Butler Campbell came to the state of South Carolina, in which he was destined to pass his whole life, and with the most eventful periods of its history, to have his name honorably and conspicuously identified.

His inclination, with the early training he had received, made the profession of the law that to which he turned in the choice of a pursuit in life, and after the necessary preparation, which in those days had a meaning widely different from that it now has, he commenced in the city of Charleston the practice of his profession.

In the interval between the time when he came to this state and that in which he commenced his career, his taste, his temper, his ability, his generosity, had made for him warm and devoted friends. And no more touching tribute can be paid to his memory than to say, that the friends of his early life remained throughout his long and eventful career, in their regard and affection for him, as firm and constant as any one could desire. And under no circumstances could such a tribute be more touching. A fierce political convulsion shook the state to its centre. Society was convulsed with the excitement which stirred its every member. Young in years, Mr. Campbell sat in council with those of matured years and experience. And the closest personal relations united him with men whose more advanced age made such relations far from common. With the Hon. Joel R. Poinsett, these relations were continued throughout the whole of Mr. Poinsett's life; and his adoption of the friendship of one so young as Mr. Campbell then was, furnished in itself the evidence of the marked qualities which in his after life were so fully developed.

Nor less interesting was the relation he bore to one under whose direction he completed his preparation for the bar.

The learning and the eloquence of Hugh S. Legaré is still so well remembered, that he who was the pupil and friend of that distinguished man, in that position was well entitled to claim the recognition of the qualities of head and heart which only could be consistent with it.

In after years his relations with Mr. Webster, and in still later years, the like relations with Mr. Stanbury, of Ohio, and others of equal public rank, sufficiently attest the position he held in his profession, as well as in matters of larger import

At the close of the late Civil War, Mr. Campbell received from the state of South Carolina a recognition of its trust and of his merit, in the high distinction of the selection of him to represent it in the Senate of the United States. None doubted the great success which would have resulted to his state from his occupancy of that place. For while, in the progress of the war, he adhered with unshaken constancy to the cause of this his state, for it was his home, the birth place of his children, and in its soil reposed the remains of those he had loved in life, yet his relations without the state, and his affections within it, seemed happily to combine in him the qualities then needed in one who was to assist in the restoration to it of peace and good-will. But the passions of the war had not sufficiently subsided; he was not allowed to take the seat which would have been as worthily filled as it had been honorably assigned to him. With the exception of a short time in which, by common consent, he sat in the Senate of the state as the representative of the city of Charleston, he devoted himself to the duties of his profession, until compelled to retire by the increasing inroads of the sickness which terminated his life.

In the city of Washington, to which place professional engagements called him in the autumn of 1883, he surrendered the lease of his life. The quiet of his chamber was there exchanged for the noise of the forum; the tender affection of those near to him in blood and friendship, was to supply the place of those with whom he had wrestled in the arena of life, and in that peaceful vale of death, where no flattery can soothe, nor contest excite,

"After life's fitful fever, he sleeps well.”




Resolution of Skipwith Wilmer relating to the change
in the form of discussions by the Association.

Referred to the Executive Committee. (See page 8.)

Resolution of R. T. Merrick relating to the passage of a
bill by Congress, restoring the right of appeal to the
Supreme Court in habeas corpus cases.

Referred to the Committee on Jurisprudence and Law
Reform. (See page 43.)

Resolution of Austen G. Fox relating to the evils of the
system of reporting decisions of the courts.

Referred to the Committee on Judicial Administration
and Remedial Procedure. (See page 48.)

Paper read by Simon Sterne, on “Defective and Slipshod

Referred to the Committee on Jurisprudence and Law
Reform. (See page 52.)

Resolution of Simeon E. Baldwin relating to discrimin-
ations in favor of the territories and District of Columbia
in appeals to the Supreme Court.

Referred to the Committee on Judicial Administration
and Remedial Procedure. (See page 74.)

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