Saturday, January 21, 1837
Arrived at Fayetteville at 8 o'clock. Found the stage had left us, it being sent off by Saltmarsh, the contractor, without a passenger, just before we arrived. Here we have to stay until chance shall give us a seat in the stage, as the passengers who may come on tomorrow will have the preference over us; so says Mr. Saltmarsh, by whom we have been badly treated, and who is a very rude, ill-bred fellow.
Fayetteville is on the Cape Fear River. Has been severely burnt, and appears in a decaying state. They are now much elated at the prospect of revival by reason of railroads, etc.; five very neat churches, Roman Catholic, Episcopal, Presbyterian and Baptist and Methodist. Visited the Donaldson Academy; pretty and flourishing institution. In the evening 100 guns were fired for the passage of a railroad bill. Wrote to Mrs. Gray.
Met here L. L. Stevenson, of Staunton. Paid him clerk's fee, bill for copy [of] record, Brook vs. Beverley, from Staunton, $2.37. Tavern bill, $2.25. Barber and boots, 25 cents.
Sunday, January 22, 1837
The mail from Raleigh not arriving in time, we left Fayetteville at 7:30 o'clock, Taliaferro, Bann and Williamson. Day clear and cold. Mr. Saltmarsh also in company. Dinner at Dunsville, 50 cents (toddy, 10 cents). Just before night stalled; quarrel between Saltmarsh and his driver. He said it was the driver's fault; had he gone the right road he would have gone clear; if his horses could not pull that load, they could pull nothing. With the assistance of some blacks we at last got off, but a few miles further the shackle broke, and we narrowly escaped upsetting. Then the discerning Mr. Saltmarsh said nothing could stand such a load as we had, and that he ought to have left us at Fayetteville. With some difficulty and labor we got a pole under the stage, and thus got on to the next stage. Supper at Cheraw, S. C., 50 cents -- on southwest side of the Peedle.
Monday, January 23, 1837
Breakfast at -----, 50 cents. Supper at Columbia, 62 1/2 cents, in a large, imposing looking room, with no fire place nor stove; very uncomfortable. Servant said they never had a fire in that dining room, to prevent gents. from sitting too long at table.
Fare to Augusta, $8. Extra for heavy baggage, $8.
Here commenced a
system of iniquitous extortion. I shall long remember this headquarters
of nullification and extortion. Contractor J.
McLean, agent Stalker.
Here we left poor Williamson sick.