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My first words must be in acknowledgment of the honor done me, by inviting me to address you on this interesting occasion. You are :1 Congress of Lawyers of the United States met together to take counsel, in no narrow spirit, on questions affecting the interests of your Profession; to consider necessary amendments in the Law which experience time develop; and to examine the current of judicial decision and of legislation, State and Federal, and whither that current tends. I, on the other hand, come from the judicial Bench of a. distant land, and yet I do not feel that I am a stranger amongst you, nor do you, I think, regard me as a stranger. Though we represent political communities which differ widely in many respects, in the structure of their constitutions and otherwise, we yet have many things in common.
We speak the same language; we administer Laws based on the same juridical conceptions; we are co-heirs in the rich traditions of political freedom long established, and, we enjoy in common a literature, the noblest and the purest the world has known—an accumulated store of centuries to which you, on your part, have made generous contribution. Beyond this, the
1 The annual address before the Lord Russell of Killowen, LL.D., American Bar Association, at Sarato- G. C. M. G., etc., Lord Chief Justice gs, August 20, 1896, by the Right Hon. of England.
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