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Lawyers and Poetry
Nathaniel Hazeltine Carter
After Carter left Dartmouth College, "wearied with the discords at Dartmouth, he left that institution and visited New York city, wityh letters of introduction to Josiah Ogden Hoffman, then one of the most distinguished lawyers and legislators of the State of New York. He was invited by Mr. Hoffman to enter his office as a student at law. The invitation was accepted, and Mr. Carter reamined with his eminent friend until his admission to the bar. While a student with Mr. Hoffman, Carter distinguished himself by his various contributions to the press of the city . . . .
Soon after his admission to the bar, Carter was invited by the late Charles G. Andrews, who was then connected with the Albany Register . . . to assume the editorial control of that journal. After some hesitation, the ivitation was accepted, and the Register passed under the control of Carter." [L.B. Proctor, Lawyer and Client; or, the Trials and Triumphs of the Bar 214 (New York: S.S. Peloubet & Co., 1882)]
"Mr. Carter was a member of the New York city Bar. . . . [T]he elegant and finished productions of his pen called him away from his chosen profession to fields of literature and the great duties of a journalist. He always, however, retained great admiration for his profession. He began a work entitled 'Review of the Law of Libel and Slander,' but, his health failing, he was compelled, with great reluctance, to give up the work. His manuscrit was, however, taken by another legal writer, and made the foundation of a standard work unde rthe same title." [Id. at 217-218]
Nathaniel H. Carter, Pains of the Imagination, a poem, read before the Phi Beta Kappa Society, at Dartmouth College, August 19, 1824 (Boston: From the Commercial Gazette Press, 1824) [online text]
N. H. Carter, Letters from Europe, Comprising the Journal of a Tour through Ireland, England, Scotland, France, Italy, and Switzerland in the years 1825, '26, and '27 (New York: G. & C. Carvill, 1827)(2 vols.) [vol.1: online text][vol. 2: online text]