A man of great courage and a fighter for principle, he would never surrender, but if conscience and conviction permitted, he would have great pleasure in giving. As one of our other colleagues has suggested to me, Elliott Cheatham's greatness as a teacher' is due to the fact that he is always eager to give. I have witnessed many examples of Elliott's modesty, which should not be mistaken for any wobbly lack of self-confidence. When he pleads that he has limitations which suggest the desirability of seeking someone else for an honor or place of distinction or a juridical contribution, he is actually convinced that others are more capable than he--but I am bound to say that in this appraisal he is usually wrong.
Phillip C. Jessup,
Elliot E. Cheatham,
22 Vanderbilt Law Review
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