Faulkner, of Berkeley county, presided. The members called themselves “National Republicans.” Resolutions offered by Lyttelton Waddell, of Augusta, recommending Mr. Clay for the presidency, were adopted.
Samuel Miller, of Augusta, was on the electoral ticket nominated by the convention. Smith Thompson was door-keeper of the convention, with George D. Lancaster, David Brown, William Carroll and Jacob Carroll as assistants.
General Jackson, then President, lodged at Waynesborough Friday night, July 27th, on his way to Tennessee. As usual, he avoided Staunton. His custom was to arrange his trips so as to spend a Sunday at Lexington. He always attended church, and was particular to sit in the pew of James McDowell, afterwards the governor.
Mr. Clay, on his way to Kentucky, arrived in Staunton Sunday evening, July 29th, and remaining till noon on Monday, was called upon by many citizens. At the presidential elected in November he was defeated, General Jackson being elected a second time.
The venerable Judge Stuart died in 1832. When quite a young man, he was elected Professor of Mathematics in William and Mary College but declined the position. He was one of three commissioners appointed by the Legislature to run the dividing line between Virginia and Kentucky. From 1808 to 1828, inclusive, on six occasions, he acted as presidential elector. As a Judge, he maintained much of the ancient etiquette in the court-room. At the beginning of his judicial service, it was customary for the high sheriff, carrying a drawn sword, to escort the judges from their lodgings to the courthouse at the opening of each term. Judge Stuart never entirely laid aside the dress worn by gentlemen in the early days of the Republic. His hair was usually combed back from his forehead, and ended in a queue, and till a short time before his death he wore breeches that buckled at the knee, and fair-top boots. His children were four sons,--Thomas Jefferson, Archibald P., Gerard B., and Alexander H. H. Stuart.
Every town has amongst its population one or more odd people, who are well known by all the other inhabitants, and, like gnarled shrubbery in a park, though not attractive to look upon singly, often enhance the general picturesqueness of the place. During the decade from 1830 to 1840, Staunton had several persons of the sort referred to. Lawrence Tremper, the postmaster, was one of the eccentric men of the time. He was long a childless widower, and for many years
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