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Bar News - April 17, 2009

Morning Mail: Why I Paid My Dues Late

This letter, published in the Bar News Vol. 4, No. 3, Nov. 1973, was addressed to Robert A. Shaines, Bar President Eugene Nute, who died last month, is memorialized on page 11. Dear Bob:

I hasten to tell you that I just now sent my check for $52.00 in payment of my Bar Association dues to Manchester to pay my membership dues for the year. I should also hasten to tell you why I was delinquent in paying these dues because this is not a matter to be treated lightly. It all happened when I was showing sheep at Deerfield Fair. I took the $50.00 in dues money in $2.00 bills with me to the fair as emergency money, but hoped I would not divert it to any purpose other than Bar Association dues. Well you know what happens when a country boy goes to the city. I saw a month-old ewe lamb, good blood line, called Wild Apple, and I bought her with my $50.00 plus a little extra. I couldn’t take delivery since she was going to be shown at Fryeburg Fair, but I was to pick her up at Sandwich Fair when we were showing there. Well, she went to Fryeburg, but didn’t make it to Sandwich and I had to go to Lovell, Maine and collect her and I would [end] up buying another animal in Lovell. Now that the fair circuit is over I have finally had time to organize the office again and this bill was to have been paid in the usual course of business.

If you could revise the billing dates so that they would not coincide with the fair circuit, it would make it easier for those of us who own sheep.

Yours very truly,
Eugene F. Nute
Attorney Bruce A. Whitney, of South Berwick, Maine, who once worked as a young attorney in Nute’s office, is responsible for resurrecting this letter by asking the Bar News Editor to pore through the original Bar News back issues to find it. Whitney planned to use it in his remarks at Nute’s memorial service. Here is Whitney’s note to Bar News following the event:

"Thank you for taking the time on Friday to dig through the old bar journals, find the letter and fax it to me. The memorial service for Judge Nute was held on Saturday. The chapel was full, and at the end of my prepared remarks I read the letter. I had to stop many times to let the laughter die down. At the end of the letter there was spontaneous applause from everyone in the chapel because that letter so typified Judge Nute. It was a special moment and without your taking the time to help me that moment would have been missed.

"Judge Nute was ‘one of a kind.’ It was an honor to be part of his memorial service."

Editor’s Note: It truly was our pleasure to help.

Supreme Court Rule 42(9) requires all NH admitted attorneys to notify the Bar Association of any address change, home or office.

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