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The author of the book: John J. Hill
Edition: Forgotten Books
Date of issue: September 27th 2015
ISBN: 1332084907
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Language: English
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In an address before the Albany Institute, in June last, I narrated most of the events, and alluded to the career of a large majority of the persons described in these "Reminiscences." I now take occasion to revert to my first visit to Albany in 1825 and to relate, that with a few years' intermission, I resided there until 1855, during which period I had opportunity of witnessing the increase of the city in population and wealth. Passing over for the present the interim between 1825, and May, 1831, I further remark, that in or about that month, I became a student in the law office of Azor Taber, Esq., located in Backus' Building, on the corner of State and James Streets, in your city. Amos Dean afterward became associated with Mr. Taber, and the firm was Taber & Dean.
During my studentship, I had as associate students, Sidney Dean (managing clerk), Charles B. Lansing, John C. Yates, son of John V. N. Yates, Westerlo Woodworth, son of Judge Woodworth, Henry A. Walker, son of Willard Walker, Halsey R. Wing, Wells S. Hammond, son of Judge Hammond, of Cherry Valley, and John Van Valkenburgh, of Albany County. All of these have passed away, except Mr. Lansing, and perhaps Mr. Van Valkenburgh, of whom I have not heard for many years, and do not know that he ever followed our profession.
The Young Mens Association.
About the time I commenced studying law, I belonged to a debating society, which met weekly, by the permission of John Christie, in the schoolhouse on the southerly side of Lydius Street, below Green, a one-story frame building. The members whom I now recollect were Addison Dougherty, law student; Charles Woodhouse, in the employ of Daniel Curtiss, manufacturer of tinware, and the most eloquent of our members, subsequently a Universalist minister in Vermont; Origin A. Kingsley, law student, and others whom I cannot now call to mind. All of those mentioned are now no more, except Mr. Woodhouse, who is now a practising physician in Rutland, Vt.
John Christie afterward became Secretary of the People's Line of steamboats, and died several years since in Brooklyn. His widow, a daughter of William Chapman, who kept a store on the corner of S. Market and Division Streets, still survives, and resides in Brooklyn.
I have been reminded that at the same time I belonged to the Lydius Street debating society, I was also a member of another, holding its meetings in a room on State Street, and composed of law students, among whom were Addison Dougherty, Peter Cagger, Alexander W. Bradford (afterward Surrogate of the City and County of New York), and some others.

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