Waddell's Annals of Augusta County, Virginia, from 1726 to 1871


The market prices at Richmond were as follows: October 10, 1811, wheat $1.09, superfine flour $7.50, bacon 12 3/4 cents, whiskey 54 cents; October 24th, wheat $1.50, flour $8.25, whiskey, 44 cents.

The Republican Farmer of November 8, 1811, contained an editorial! It advocated the “Augusta Society for the Promotion of Agriculture.”

The first number of the paper issued by Collett, published an extract from a speech by Daniel Sheffey, then a member of Congress from the Wytheville district, in opposition to the threatened war with Great Britain. But the war came on, notwithstanding. The militia of Rockbridge were full of patriotism and military ardor. One whole regiment of twelve hundred men, commanded by Lieutenant-Colonel James McDowell, convened at Lexington, November 14, 1811, and offered their services to the President of the United States.

The Common Council of Staunton passed an ordinance, July 14, 1813, for “establishing a market.” It provided for holding a market twice a week, on Wednesdays and Saturdays, and prescribed the “market limits,” around the court-house and jail. The only house was an open shed below the jail, in which stalls were erected in 1818. The Rev. William King was elected “clerk of the market.”



From a sketch of Judge Brown, published in “Historical Papers, No. 3, 1893,” Washington & Lee University, we extract most of the following facts in regard to that prominent gentleman:

He was born, October 5, 1762, and spent his boyhood, not far from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

In the years 1782 and 1783, he was a student at Liberty Hall Academy, at Lexington, which afterwards became Washington College, and finally Washington & Lee University. He was doubtless attracted to Liberty Hall by the rector, the Rev. William Graham, who was probably an early acquaintance in Pennsylvania. Long afterwards, while residing at Staunton, Judge Brown was a trustee of the college.

Among his associates at the Academy were Col. James McDowell, Judge Archibald Stuart, Rev. Archibald Alexander, and Judge

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of the usual holiday, and the boys conspired to “bar him out.” Getting into the house before he arrived, and fastening all the doors and windows, they prevented his entrance. He took it in good part,  however, and there was no school that day. When quite an old man he issued an arithmetic.

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