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THOMAS SWANN, ESQ.
Mr. Gilpin, the Attorney-General, made the often listened with pleasure; but also an following remarks:
esteemed and valued friend, whose kind heart “I have been deputed by the bar to perform and upright principles endeared him to all who the melancholy duty of announcing to the court had an opportunity of knowing, him. We the death of Thomas Swann; and respectfully sincerely deplore his loss, and will cordially soliciting permission to have inscribed, among unite with you in paying to his memory the the records of this high tribunal, the expression honors 80 justly due.” of their respect for his memory, and esteem for Whereupon it is ordered by the court that his character, as a lawyer and a man. In a the following proceedings be entered upon the scene which he has so often adorned by the ex- minutes, viz.: ercise of his genius, and distinguished profes- At a meeting of the gentlemen of the bar of sional ability; among those who have so often the Supreme Court of the United States, and admired, as friends and associates, the mild of the officers of the court, at the Court Room beneficence of his deportment, and his unsullied in the Capitol, on Tuesday, the 28th instant, probity and worth; it would be vain for me to The Honorable Samuel L. Southard was ap. dwell on personal traits and incidents, which pointed chairman, and Francis S. Key appointare felt with more truth than I have the ability ed secretary. to delineate them. He was constantly called The following resolutions were submitted by on, through a long life, to discharge important General Walter Jones, and unanimously adopt. public and private trusts; and his duty was ed, viz.: performed without a single stain. As the re- Resolved, That the members of this bar, and ward for this, by him most prized, would have the officers of this court feel, with deep sensi. been the approbation of the chief ministers of bility, the loss which the profession and the the profession to which he was devoted, I feel country have sustained in the death of Thomas well assured that I shall not ask the court, Swann, a member of this bar. without success, to add that sanction to the Resolved, That we cherish the highest respect sincere and spontaneous testimony of his for the professional learning of the deceased; brethren of the bar. And I now move the court, for the purity and uprightness of his profesin pursuance of the fourth resolve contained in sional life; and for the amiable and excellent the subjoined proceedings of the bar and officers qualities which belonged to him as a man. of the court, to have said proceedings entered Resolved, That, to testify these sentiments, on the records of this court."
we will wear the usual badge of mourning, for To which Mr. Chief Justice Taney replied: the residue of the term.
“The court receive with great sensibility the Resolved, That Mr. Gilpin, the Attorney-Gencommunication made by the bar. In the death eral of the United States, do move the court of Mr. Swann, we feel that we have lost, not that these resolutions be entered upon the only an eminent lawyer, to whom we have minutes of their proceedings.
JOSEPH M. WHITE, ESQ.
Mr. Gilpin, the Attorney-General of the and amiable deportment had won for him tho United States, made the following remarks: respect and esteem of the court, and we sin
"I have been requested, by a meeting of the cerely deplore his loss. He has been cut off in members of the bar and officers of the court to the prime of his life, and in the midst of his present a copy of the resolutions they have usefulness; but his last work, upon a highly adopted on being apprised of the death of important branch of the law, will be an endurJoseph M. White, of Florida, and respectfully ing monument of his talents and industry. to ask that, with the approbation of the court, “The court will order the proceedings of the they may be inserted among the records of its bar to be entered of record, according to their proceedings. These records already give request.” abundant and various evidence of the distin- Whereupon it is ordered by the court that guished legal ability of Mr. White, and the the following proceedings be entered upon the debt of gratitude that is due from his asso- minutes, viz.: ciates, for the profound researches he made in At a meeting of the gentlemen of the bar of branches of jurisprudence not previously the Supreme Court of the United States, and of brought to the notice of the profession; the the officers of the court, at the Court Room in light his own intellect has shed upon them, and the Capitol, on Tuesday, the 4th of February, for the collection of authentic and necessary 1840. documents which his zeal and industry have The Honorable Samuel L. Southard was made. Such acts entitle him to the grateful re-called to the chair, and General Walter Jones membrance of his professional brethren; but appointed secretary. with these he united an amenity of manner, The following resolutions were submitted by and a generosity of disposition, which secured Joseph R. Ingersoll, Esq., and unanimously him also their strong personal affection and re- adopted, viz.: gard. In bearing their testimony to his merits, Resolved, That the members of this bar, and and in expressing their feelings on his death, the officers of this court feel, with deep sensi. they will derive no small gratification, if this bility, the loss which the profession and the evidence of them is permitted to be placed in country have sustained in the death of Joseph the archives of that tribunal, whose approba- M. White, a member of this bar. tion is among the highest rewards to which an Resolved, That we cherish the highest respect American lawyer can aspire.
for the professional learning of the deceased; "I move, in accordance with one of the reso- for the purity and uprightness of his profeslutions to which I have referred, that these sional life; and for the amiable and excellent proceedings of the members of the bar and qualities which belonged to him as a man. officers of the court be entered among its rec- Resolved, That, to testify these sentiments, ords."
we will wear the usual badge of mourning dur. To which Mr. Chief Justice Taney made the ing the residue of the term. following reply:
Resolved, That Mr. Gilpin, the Attorney-Gen"The court will cordially unite with the bar eral of the United States, do move the court in paying the proposed honors to the memory that these resolutions be entered upon the minof Mr. White. His learning, high character, utes of their proceedings.
ORDER OF OOURT.
Amending the 36th Rule of Court.
It is ordered by the court that the Rule, No. 36, passed at January Term, 1830, be altered, so that the last sentence thereof shall read as follows: "Every cause which shall have been twice called in its order, and passed, and put at the foot of the docket, shall, if not again reached during the term it is called, be continued to the next term of the court."
February 6th, 1840.