retaken, hurt, and after repairing, went on to breakfast (indifferent, at 50 cts.).
Charlottesville -- got a new stage. Fare to Staunton, $3. Left the merchant and his daughter and took in 3 new passengers -- one, Mr. Wiley, of Pattonsburg, a wild young man, apparently intoxicated; Mr. Clark, of Waynesburg, and Mr. Perry, of Staunton, both older and genteel.
Dinner good at Lewis's -- 50 cts. -- 5 miles from top of blue ridge. Our only lady passenger, Mrs. W., who is a very handsome and lovely woman, left a little box at the dining house. Did not discover it until the tavern was a mile behind. The Scot, with ready alacrity, offered to go back for it on foot. This they would not allow. A horse could not be had, and we went on. I promised to write to a friend to bring it on.
Crossed the Blue Ridge at Rockfish Gap, about sunset. Saw Jos. F. Maury and wife -- they keep the hotel on the top of the mount.
At the western foot of the Ridge, passed the Town of Waynesburg, on a branch of the Shenandoah. Here we dropt Mr. Clarke. Arrived at Staunton about 8 o'clock -- supper and lodging, 75 cts -- stage to Lewisburg, $6. Sent my card to my friend, Dr. Edw. Berkeley; he was at church, but came in a little time and sat with me until 11 o'clock. The N. Or. lady also had a lady and gentleman to see her. Tavern kept by McClung. A very good house. Shaved by a black, who claimed an old acquaintanceship with me, and tore my face to pieces -- (Robert Campbell). Passage today altogether agreeable. The young Blood from Pattonsburg, a furious Jackson man, disputed with Clarke, of Waynesburg, who was cool, sensible and antiJack. Attempted to quiz the raw-looking miners; failed and silenced by the Scot and a little Englishman, who is a fine personification, in appearance and manner, of the Bonnet Maker in the Fair Maid of Perth.
Thursday, Octo. 8, 1835
Breakfast at Frazier's very good, 50 cts. Left Staunton at 3 a.m. Dinner at Brooks', 50 cts., poor -- very rude establishment. Supper and lod., 75 cts., at Shumate's on Jackson's Riv. A rude estab't kept by a tall, rough hunter-looking man -- but very polite in his way.
Company today altogether agreeable. At Staunton dropt Mr. Perry, of Staunton, a gentle young man, and the Blood of Pattonsburg. Took in a Kentuckian of Boone County (James Crisler, a Dutchman, who left Madison, Va., about 10 years ago), and a sober-looking gentleman from the mountains, entered only to Callahan's. The Kentuckian had been a wagoner in Madison -- shrewed, sensible -- a humourist, and a decided acquisition. Our New Orleans fr'ds also improve on acquaintance. Mr. W., a lawyer, has been all over the southwest, and in Texas; prefers U. S. lands to Texas for immediate speculation. Thinks