"Clearly Entitled to Rank Among the Classics" Wheaton, Henry. Elements of International Law: with a Sketch of the History of the Science. Originally published: Philadelphia: Carey, Lea & Blanchard, 1836. xiv, 375 pp. Reprinted 2012 by The Lawbook Exchange, Ltd. ISBN-13: 9781616192693. ISBN-10: 1616192690. Paperback. New. $21.95 * Written when the author was a diplomat posted in Berlin, this distinguished treatise went through several American and English editions, and several more in French, Italian, Spanish and Chinese. A standard work during the nineteenth century, an edition was published in England as late as 1936. "Mr. Wheaton's early familiarity with the jurisprudence and foreign relations of the United States, his long experience in diplomacy, his intimate acquaintance with European languages and foreign diplomatic writers, entitles his writings upon International Law to more than ordinary consideration. His works enjoy the highest reputation for the soundness of their views, and the learning and research displayed in illustrating the various topics discussed." --J.G. Marvin, Legal Bibliography (1847) 728. "(A)n excellent work...Indisputably the best of its kind in the English language." --James Reddie, Inquiries into International Law (1842) 106. "On his own merits Wheaton is clearly entitled to rank among the classics. Like Grotius, he embodied a happy combination of profound scholarship with a wide experience of diplomatic and public life, and his work further resembles that of Grotius in that it cannot be classified under the conventional labels of any doctrinal system. His insistence upon the fundamental principles of natural law is balanced by his analysis of practice as an immediate source of positive law." H.A. Smith, Law Quarterly Review 307-308. HENRY WHEATON [1785-1848] was a justice of the Marine Court of New York City, a member of the New York State constitutional convention of 1821, a one-term representative to the New York State Assembly and a high-level diplomat who served in Denmark and Prussia. An important legal writer, he was the reporter of the U.S. Supreme Court from 1816 to 1827 and the author of several notable treatises, including A History of the Law of Nations in Europe and America (1838) and An Enquiry into the Validity of the British.
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