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The few now left of his contemporaries of other days will join with me in wishing that he may long survive yet to shed honor upon a profession which, under a great physical disadvantage, he still pursues. Executive or senatorial honors, even as they were won by him, are not needed to support his recognition as yet a pillar of the state. Judge Felch presided here for only two years, and was succeeded by Hon. Geo. Miles, from November 3d, 1836, to August 14th, 1850-about fourteen years. During this interval Hon. George Woodruff was (in his own words) engaged in an unequal contest in endeavoring to administer justice under the county court system, which was finally, under the un- wise and passionate opposition of the leading members of the bar of the state, pushed to the wall by the revised constitution of 1850. Mr. Gibbs, reporter, says: " The reported opinions of Judge Miles are noticeable for their ability, conciseness and close adherence to the points involved, bearing in these particulars a great resemblance to the decisions in the early New York reports." Judge Miles was a man of commanding personal appearance, and presided on the bench with great dignity. He possessed an exalted character, and was entrusted and esteemed by all. His last entry on the journal is in a hesitating hand, and the entry is, that a jury trial was broken off by the sickness of the judge. He lived but a few days thereafter, I think. He was succeeded by Hon. Abner Pratt, who was appointed to the vacancy, and succeeded Judge Miles in January, 1850.

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