Some Account of the Work of Stephen J. Field: As a Legislator, State Judge, and Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States

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Chauncey F. Black, Samuel B. Smith
1895 - Constitutional history - 787 pages
"And an appendix containing his remarks on the life and character of Chief Justice Chase; his address at the centennial celebration of the organization of the federal judiciary, February 4, 1890; the memorial from senators from California, Nevada, Oregon, and Idaho ... requesting him not to change his circuit; and the story of his attempted assassination by a former associate on the Supreme Bench of California."--T.p.
 

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