Scarce Address: "Legal Profession of North Carolina"
Reade, Edwin Godwin. ADDRESS DELIVERED BY THE HON. EDWIN GODWIN READE, LL.D., BEFORE THE CONVENTION OF THE LEGAL PROFESSION OF NORTH CAROLINA, at Asheville, N.C., July 9th, 1884. [Note: The front wrap gives the date of the address as July 24th, 1884.] Raleigh, N.C.: Edwards, Broughton, & Co., 1884. 16 pages. Original printed wraps. 22.5 x 14.5 cm. Good. The lower third of the spine is split; some foxing and marginal soiling to the wraps; minor foxing to title page.
FIRST EDITION. The topic of Reade’s address is "The Legal Profession of North Carolina -- What It is and What It Ought to Be." Expounding on the virtues that make a great attorney, Reade discusses some of the eminent jurists he knew, including George E. Badger, William A. Graham, Judge Mangum, and Justice Ruffin. His prefatory remarks allude to women in attendance, and he recalls his experience of giving the examination to the first woman to apply to the North Carolina bar (Tabitha Ann Holton, admitted 1878).
Edwin Godwin Reade (1812-1894) was an antebellum U.S. Congressman, Confederate Senator, president of the North Carolina convention on Reconstruction of 1865-66, and justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court (1868-1879).
OCLC finds nine copies; NUC adds no others. Thornton 11578.