From the Detroit Gazette
The Honorable Augustus B. Woodward, Judge of the Supreme Court for Middle Florida, (and formerly, presiding Judge of the Supreme Court of this Territory) died at Tallahassee (Florida) on the 12th ultimo.
The deceased, with whom many of our fellow-citizens were acquainted, possessed an enquiring & active mine, and talents which was calculated to render him eminently useful: but while residing in the this Territory, his usefulness was in a measure, marred by a too constant application of his mental energies to objects of a novel or impracticable nature. He was eccentric while with us, to a fault; and this in his character led, no doubt to his removal from among us. Few men possessed in a greater degree, the power of winning the esteem of a stranger. His address and conversation was easy and pleasing; and his discourse was generally rendered interesting by an exhibition of ideas partaking largely of originality and learning. He possessed considerable eminence as a scholar, and was the author of a few productions, which are characterized by the novelty of their contents, and the style in which they are written; among these are, and Essay relative to the “substance of the Sun,” printed twenty or thirty years ago in the city of Washington, and a book of considerable magnitude, (printed in an elegant manner, several years ago, in Philadelphia,) upon the classification of the sciences. We have not had opportunities, and perhaps we are not qualified, to judge of his attainment as a jurist. Upon this point we can only say, that opinions were various among the gentlemen of the Michigan Bar. We have given some of the decisions in our columns, and, whatever may be their value, we are sure that none will say that they do not contain ample evidence of laborious research and investigation.