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TagsAmerican history (69), biography (49), European history (18), philosophy and mathematics (16), history of mathematics (16), military history (16), British history (15), legal history (12), intellectual history (7), American History (5) — see all tags

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About mePROFESSION: country lawyer
MARITAL STATUS: married, 39 years
CHILDREN: 3 sons
HOBBIES: playing fiddle, reading histories of America 1690-1865, mathmatics, and science; reading 19th century English novels; bird hunting; physical fitness
BAD HABITS: Recovering bibliophile, but at least I don't drink, smoke, or do drugs



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Hello Bill,
It's been a while so I thought I would drop by and bring you up to date on the news and the gossip in my part of the world. My practice has been reasonably busy I'm still only as good as the next person who walks in the door. I have been doing some domestic lately. The only problem is that it is hard to get paid enough. I run a one man shop with some part-time help so it doesn't take a lot to be busy. I have an arbitration next week on a negligent house repair case.
I notice that you have added Madison's Notes of the Debates of the Federal Convention. I must confess I have started it several times but have yet to finish it. To me it is fairly dry and it is hard to keep up with the players. I am reading The Age of Federalism which covers the Washington and Adams administrations. It is also dry but does have some interesting material. My big book for the year was The Landmark Herodotus. I enjoyed it and am turning to ancient Greek and Roman history. I just bought The Greco-Persian War by Peter Green which looks very good.
I have also been reading some fiction. Science fiction by Philip K. Dick and some mysteries by James Lee Burke. Having a used book store next door to my office is quite a temptation. Be well and drop me a line when you have the time.
Hello Bill,
A lawyer who reads history. I accept your invitation. I am now reading "Madison's Notes on the Constitutional Convention". I have about four other books going including, "The Battles for Spotsylvania Courthouse and the Road to Yellow Tavern". I have made about three tries at Madison's Notes. It seems hard to follow at times and I have had to write a list of the delegates to keep track. It's like assigned reading, a book I think I should read.
I guess country lawyer means you are a sole practicioner. I have been solo for 25 years. Only as good as the next client who walks in the door. Let me know something about your practice. Between that and three children you must have to fight for time to read. We raised two boys who are long out of the home.
I think you will enjoy LibraryThing. I spend some time on it about every day. It has become my social life. Drop me a line so we can get acquainted. Thanks for the invite.
Bill Rucker (wildbill)
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