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1 Cal. L.J. 1 (1862-1863)

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VOL. I---NO. 1.                OCTOBER 7, 1862.           W. H. R. WOOD, EDITOR.
WE start this paper with very little capital, and unless our friends and the pnblic shall
come forward and manfully sustain it, we see no alternative but a downfall-and that speedily.
If it is supported by anything like a reasonable patronage, we shall endeavor to make it rich
with valuable matter, and a credit to the State, There is now no Journal of the kind on this
Coast, and, it would seem, that the great Legal Fraternity, alone, should be able to sustain a
publication devoted, more particularly, to their convenience.
We receive almost anything that purports to be money-postage stamps, treasury nQtes,
plug tobacco, grapes, pears, melons-in fact, anything that is marketable.

NorINo is more common, in the mouths of
those ignorant of the Science of Law, than to
hear denunciations of the legal profession.
That there are unworthy members of this,
as well as all other professions, is, unfortunate-
ly, too true-and it is still more to be regretted
that the State of Califbrnia has, perhaps, more
than its due proportion of the '' black sheep
of this profession, as well as of all others. But
that the number of unprincipled men who as-
sume the garb of lawyers, is greater than that
of other pursuits or professions, is emphatical-
ly denied.

The public seem to suppose, that there is
something in the training and study of a law-
yer, which, necessarily, swerves him from the
path of honesty and fair dealing. No idea
could be farther from the truth. The Science
of Law is a most pure, elevated, and perfect
code of morals; in fact, the first principle which
the student learns, in entering upon his legal
course, is, that Law is the perfection of Rea,
son. He is taught, that one of its most cher-
ished tenets is:  Live honorably and render
unto every man his due;  and that another,
is: So use your own as not to injure the

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