It was written for lawyers, judges, and students, especially law school students, providing an introduction and analysis to a wide range of legal topics. Virginia, looking back on Bouvier in 1930, hailed it as a landmark in American legal literature. It is still considered a standard reference on the federal law, apart from the Supreme Court text, and is the standard reference on state law. It continues to be used today, about 150 years later, as the primary source on the Uniform Commercial Code and Uniform Commercial Code Commentaries also. Canfield, Gary R. 2003. A History of the American Law of Judicature and the Law of Judicial Correction. Cambridge University Press. 110 pp. bouvier law dictionary 1839 pdf Professor Sheppard spent a great deal of time considering what she called the "subterranean influence of this work" throughout the legal profession - lawyers, judges, legislators, and judges, who used it as a primary resource. Sheppard attributes the American law publishing revolution of the 1800s to the search for the "scoop sighted" key words that Bouvier provided. The dictionary "was portended by the arrival of the trunk of the 'Leeds Lady' on its trade route from London to New Orleans. No event was more significant... the trunk carried with it the early sermons of the Methodist movement"
While many of the Benton quotes on Bouvier appear in other sources, I am not aware of any that credit him with his poetic turn of phrase. Nor is there any indication that, writing with his armchair on a sailing ship in Ohio, he was rolling off the lines of this classic legal dictionary and producing the most famous line in American literature.] d2c66b5586