Preserving the Past, Informing the Future
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HON. THOMAS SCOTT WILLIAMS, Ch. J. (a)
SAMUEL CHURCH, Ch. J. (b)
HENRY MATSON WAITE,
WILLIAM LUCIUS STORRS,
WILLIAM WOLCOTT ELLSWORTH. (c)
(a) Resigned May, 1847.
(b) Appointed Chief Justice, May 1847.
(c) Appointed May, 1847.
HENRY M. WAITE,
WILLIAM L. STORRS,
To this communication the following answer was returned:
"Hartford, Nov. 20th, 1846.
TO The Hon. SAMUEL CHURCH,
HENRY M. WAITE
WILLIAM L. STORRS and
Gentlemen,Upon going to my house, after we parted, I was much surprised to find on my table a splendid copy of Storey's Commentaries on the Constitution of the United States; and, upon opening it, was still more surprised with the note accompanying it. A token so unexpected from those with whom I have been so long associated, adds another proof of the respect and kindness which I have ever received from you, and each of you.
I know that my duties have been very imperfectly discharged, although my sincere desire has been to perform them aright.
This testimonial of your approbation is a cordial to my heart, and I shall carry it with me into my retirement, cheered with the consolation that my endeavours to discharge the high trust with which I have been honoured, have not been entirely in vain, since they have met with the approval of those who have had your means of observing them.
Friends and associates, farewell! Although I meet you no more in counsel, I shall watch, with kind solicitude, your results; and pray, that guided by wisdom and integrity, your path may be like that of the just, shining brighter and brighter unto the perfect day.
I am, with great respect,
Your friend and obedient servant,
TH. S. WILLIAMS."
During the session of the General Assembly, in May, 1847, Chief Justice WILLIAMS, in view of the approaching period when the constitutional limitation would disqualify him for the exercise of judicial functions, resigned his office; and the HON. SAMUEL CHURCH was appointed to succeed him in the office thus made vacant. The Hon. WILLIAM W. ELLSWORTH was thereupon appointed to fill the vacancy occasioned by the promotion of Judge Church.