The period between the years 1860 and 1870 marks an interesting stage in the history of law reporting. Within this period a system of reporting that had existed for upward of three centuries came to an end, and an experiment was begun whereby it was hoped to produce reports not merely in a new way, but reports that were to be materially different in form and substance from those of the previous system. The conception of the enterprise and its successful accomplishment is due to the energy and discretion of one man, whose history of the affair, after twenty years of trial had tested the merits and defects of his scheme, makes one of the most entertaining contributions to legal bibliography.
Abbott, Nathan. "The 'Law Reports.'" Mich. L. J. 1 (1892): 93-9.