Hawkins detailed his impressive collection in meticulous script, organized by subject matter as laid out in an indexed table of contents. Notable titles from his law collection include:
- Code Napoleon. Paris, 1809.
- Vattel’s Law of Nations. Philadelphia, 1861.
- Charters for City of New York, proposed by Committee of Seventy. 1872.
- Webster's Speeches and Forensic Arguments. Boston, 1830.
His library enumerates several titles related to international law, as well as U.S. constitutional history and legal commentary. He also had a penchant for Greek, Roman, and American history, as well as illustrated works and texts on education, a subject for which Hawkins was famous as a promoter of free, nonsectarian public schools. Relatedly, Hawkins appears to be well-versed in foreign language, indicating volumes on the languages of Greek, French, Spanish, and German.
Sources: The Lawbook Exchange and website of Hawkins Delafield & Wood LLP
This post was written by Lauren Koster, BC Law Class of 2019.