Waightstill Avery and Andrew Jackson duel 1788

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AX OLD-TIME OLD-TIME OLD-TIME DUEL. Andrew Jaoksnns Fitcliniiw Shots With Waishtstill Avery- Avery- liie icesult otaj oke Comic Incident Incident to Which "Old Hickory" ouia jx ox Aiixiae. A "VT t sKT fi n i . . .i a. utewucrue vj. i letter to trie Philadelphia Times, says : James Partou, in his biogiaphy of Andrew Jackson, makes mention oi a due fought by General Jackson with Waightstill Avery at Jonesboro', lenu., m the last century. His ac count, however, is very meagre, and does not accord with the version of the affair as told bv decendants and leLuives of Colonel Avery, many of wuum ami jive m xurKe county, ss C. In afoot-note afoot-note afoot-note to page 162, chap ter 14, Volumn I., Partou says : -xnere -xnere was a comic incident cou nected with this duel that General Jackson would" not tell. A gentle man once mentioned the dutl to him. Who told you about it V asked the President, . laughingly. 'General Adair.', 'Did he tell you what hap pened on the ground V 'No' 'Well, then I shan't replied the General. still laughing." Ihe "comic incident" to which General Jackson alluded, and which he refused to relate, is what is under stood to have caused the duel, and is said never to have been made public r i . . nat it was and bow it occured has been related to me several times as follows : jackson's misciiievous trick. In August, 1788, Colonel Waiffht still Avery aud Andrew Jackson were attending court in Jonesboro'. in what is now East Tennessee. At . I . n-x n-x n-x . , . in as time lennessee was still a narfc. oijNorta uaroiina. and Jonoshmn' Was the seat of one of the three district district courts held for the then Western district of Noith Carolina. The town is now the county seat of Wash ington county, Teuu. Jackson had out recently been called to the bar at the time of the duel, and was about. twcntyone years of ace. Colom,! Avery was much older. The two gentlemen were opposiag counsel in a case unaer trial, m whica Jackson, it is said, felt that he had but little chance for success. In a spirit of mischief, probably, he determined to attempt a little diversion rather uu-usual uu-usual uu-usual in a court of law. Colonel Avery sometimes rode the circuit of his courts which embraced moat of Western North C arolina and a portion of East Tennessee ou horseback, carrying iu a pair of capacious capacious suddlesbags such articles a were necessary to his more immediate immediate wants. One thing always carried therein was a copy of Bacoc'a "Abridgement," ene of the staudard law books. of those days. Jackson was aware that Colonel livery was in the habit of carrying this book, aud on the day for trial, before their case was called, he went to Colonel Avery's saddlebags, took out the copy ot Ba-cou's Ba-cou's Ba-cou's "Abridgement," and substituted for it a piece of bacon of about the same size, wrapping it np as the book had been to prevent suspiciou. In the course of the trial Colonel Avery, having occasion to quote an authority, authority, sent for his book. Til package wa brought to him, aud whan un wrapped, lo, a "flitch of bacon" stood revealed to Court and jury ! A very was a man of great dignity of character and bearing, who could ill brook a liberty of any kind, least of all an attempt lo make him appear ridiculous, Turning to Jackson, he charged him with what had been done and denounced him for his act in most unmeasured terms. Jackson was stung to the quick, but apparent ly comroiieu nimseir sutnciently not to attract attention -to -to what he did iu response to the rebuke. Tearing a fly .leaf from a law book, he wrote a challenge which, unobserved, he passed passed across the table to Colonel Avery, and which was promptly accepted. The following is an exact copy of the original challenge which is still in the possession of a member of the Avery family, and from the wording of its first sentenco another communication communication would seem to have preceded it: is addressed on use the slang of to day "means basi ness. The challenge back : "Coll' Wh tesf'll (sic) Avery." It was fouud among Colouel Avery's Avery's paper after his death carefully filed away and docketed in very busi ness-like ness-like ness-like style : "Jackson, D. P. Duel, 1788." A DUEL IN THE DESK. The duel was fousrht about dusk of the day the challenge was given in a ravine near me court nouse in Jonesboro'. Jonesboro'. Shots were exchanged,' but lortunately neither party was hurt. Jackson declared himself satisfied and the two gentlemen afterwards became warm friends. Indeed, long before the duel, when Jacksou. first decided to go to the bar. he was desirous desirous to read law under Waightstill Avery, who was very distinguished in lib profession and was the . first Attorney.General of the State of North Carolina. At the tiino of Jacksou's appointment as solicitor of the Western district of North Caroli na afterwards the Siate of Tennea- Tennea- see he, ou his way to settle iu Nash ville,had visited Col. Avery atMorgaiu ton, the latter then an extreme Iron tier town of western North Carolina. The date of the ohallenge. August IX, 17S8, is six months Drevious to that oi" the earliest letter of Jackson. Feb ruary 13, 1789. which Mr. Parton says he was able to fiud. Waishtstili Avery was the first At torney-General torney-General torney-General of North Carolina. By toat was meant of the State afLer it had thrown off alle Brittish Government. Colonel Ave ry was a man of great capacity and the loftiest integrity, and his mantle has fallen upon deceudants worthy of such a sire ; but there were Attorneys i General before him in the preRevo-lutiouary preRevo-lutiouary preRevo-lutiouary days of the "Province of Caroliua." aud some of them. too. seem to have been men of hi;h char acter sufficiently so iu ono case at least to have the fact recorded on h'm tomb -'without -'without the old colonial chumh vrd of Chr?t t -ii -ii i ... : . vuurcu pansu, iSewbeme, N. C, la a giavestoue be&riug the following quaint inscription and epitaph : To the Memory of ; CiiABLEa Elliott, ; L&to Attorney-General Attorney-General Attorney-General for thU I Province, ; Who Died Aauo 1756. : An Honest Lavryar Indeed 1 : "August 12th 1788. "Sir When a mans feelings & charx acter are injured he ought to seek a speedy redress ; you ree'd a few lines from me yesterday fc undoubtedly you understand me My characve'r you have Injured: and farther you have Insulted me in the presence of a court and a larg audience I therefore call upon you as a gentleman to give me patistaction for the same ; and I further call. upon you to give me an answer immediately without Equibo-cation Equibo-cation Equibo-cation and I-hope I-hope I-hope you can do without dinner until the business done ; for it is consistent with the "haracter of a gentleman when he Injures aman lo make a spf edy reparation, therefore I hope you will not fail in meeting me this day, from yr obt st , Andtt Jackson. "Co' Avery "P . S. this Evening after court adjourned" adjourned" The styleof the challenge, its orthography, orthography, and. its punctuation or the want of it aro equally remarkable, remarkable, but the demand is unmistakable, and the little "P. &'' at one side de nctes great urgency. . It was evidently evidently written under Great excitement. tllOnCIl with n .. ! o" ouwuy cuori aL Kf-iTfc Kf-iTfc Kf-iTfc i nniT Anuouncem eut. I hereby deciaro mvsolf a candi. date for the ofll CO nf Hntwrinr Court Clerk of Barke county. JJB. SOLON S. PKTil Eaox. . Announcement. I hereby declare nivself an in. dejendenfc candidate for the office 01 iroasurer tor Burke county. JAXKS M. llUFFiULN. A Card. To the Votert of Burk Cixmty ; J?kllow Citizess: Mr. Pearoii' card explains iteolf. I am now candidate for Clerk and nronosa to stay in the fight till elected or defeated defeated in November. I hope and believe I am comnnt.pnt tn 1icMa.-rr 1icMa.-rr 1icMa.-rr duties of the olfico. In uolitiei 1 a Republican, yet if elected, I shall know n politics iu my office and will endeavor to subserve the best i 11 tar ests of the people. Hoping tht you win give me enough vote to elect me, 1 am very respectfully your obedient servant, C. F. McKessox. Announcement. To the Voters of the 3Qth Senatorial jLnsirici : Fellow Citizens: After mature mature deliberation I have determined determined to run as an independent candidate candidate for a seat in the Senate branch of the next General Assembly of N. C. I make this declaration in obedience to the request of good men of all shades of political opiu-ion. opiu-ion. opiu-ion. The day of court-house court-house court-house dictation dictation is passing away in Xorth Carolina, and happily so. The peo plo all over the State are in open rebellion against Caucus Control. The custom of public aud private treating to liquor, by candidates for office, is one "more honored in the breach than in the observance." It entails untold evils and should be sedulously frowned down. . I shall not treat myself and trust that ray friends will not. I am h farmer by profession, unacquainted with the wiles and acts of the politician, politician, yet if elected I shall try to be a faithful representative, and do all in my power to promote the material material and moral welfare of the people. people. Very respectfully, Samuel A. AIcCall. Sept. 30,.1SS0. Clothing for men boys and children children at Uavis Bro. 3TA large nsr-ftrirnent nsr-ftrirnent nsr-ftrirnent of Tm.Ware ana the best Cook and Heatinr btovemo be fmmd in thi. constantly to bt- bt- formd ht A. T. w J VI 30 dozen ' Wni. Man's Axes juati xiruwarii cscore, at 1 5 cents each. - control, and the whoUt doenmt-to doenmt-to doenmt-to Caah Waichoui. A car load of the celehratp.l TM , -vv' -vv' j. toiir 1UBL in ttrAa . V WW. V Uie

Clipped from The Morganton Star15 Oct 1886, FriPage 2

The Morganton Star (Morganton, North Carolina)15 Oct 1886, FriPage 2
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