Speech by John W. Davis to the West Virginia Bar Association, January 4, 1905 (speech)
Davis, John W. (John William), 1873-1955
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The files available include a PDF created from scans of the original document and JPG(s) created from the original document.This speech was delivered to the West Virginia Bar Association in Martinsburg WV on January 4, 1905. The main topic is reflected by this thought: "But he would be needlessly blind who failed to see that there is by far too much legislation both attempted and accomplished by every representative assembly in th eland; that matters are interfered with that are far outside of the provision of the lawmaker; and that much of the legislation passed from time to time is wrong in principle and immature and crude in expression. When we see among the net results of our governmental plan a flood of useless and even pernicious legislation, coupled with statutes that violate every rule of legal draughtsmanship, we have a right to pause and look for the causes that produce this effect."