Melville Madison Bigelow was a Profesor of Law at Boston.
He wrote numerous legal books, such as an Index of the cases overruled ... by the courts of America, England, and Ireland; from the earliest period to the present time (London, 1873). He was co-author with William Wetmore Story of A Treatise on the Law of Contracts (1874). It may be that JW knew him through Story.
www.wvu.edu (accessed 2004.05); National Library of Scotland on-line catalogue, http://main-cat.nls.uk (accessed 2005).