Sunday, January 22, 2017

Peter Johnston, Jr.: 1831 Advertisement for Law School

[Peter Johnston, Jr., "LAW SCHOOL" advertisement, Richmond Enquirer, Volume XXVIII, Issue 18 (July 12, 1831), front page.]

LAW SCHOOL. --- The Subscriber, disengaged from those public duties in which he has been occupied for a long series of years, may now command his own time, and is disposed to employ himself usefully, if he can. He therefore proposes to conduct a


in this town, and to commence a course of instruction on the first of September next. His plan will be, to deliver occasional lectures, on important law topics, and principles: to examine his students frequently: and, as often as in his power, to converse with them unreservedly on the subjects of their studies. When they shall have attained to such improvement as shall have qualified them for public discussion, it is his purpose to institute a fictitious court, in which the forms of proceeding and trial, as practised in the Superior courts of this State, will be regularly observed.

As he intends to devote his time and attention principally to this school, his fee from each pupil, for one year's instruction, will be one hundred dollars: a sum which, he believes, is below what has been generally demanded by other instructors, for similar services. By such as shall desire to attend his school, board on reasonable terms, can be obtained in Abingdon, or its immediate vicinity, with respectable families.

                                                                          PETER JOHNSTON.

Abingdon, Va. July 12                                                  18 --- w4w

[$100 in 1831 = about $2650 in early 2017.
At this juncture, it's unclear whether Peter's plans went into effect on September 1, 1831. At 68 years old (born January 6, 1763), he died at Panecillo on December 8, 1831, after a short illness.
Peter had married Ann Nancy Bernard (1775-1865) in Richmond on December 13, 1828 (his second wife). Elizabeth Ann Bernard (1778-1862), Ann's sister, was a consort of John Allan (1779-1834), with whom she had "natural" twin sons. Allan, a wealthy, Scottish-born merchant based in Richmond, was also Edgar Allan Poe's (1809-1849) estranged foster father. Small world.]

[Many thanks to William Myers, Mary Davy, Sally Young and Susan Davis for their ongoing research collaboration.] 

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Andrew Jackson Visits Botetourt Springs, Virginia, September 18, 1830

From catalog record: Andrew Jackson [1767-1845] at Botetourt Springs, Virginia, to Major William B. [Berkeley] Lewis [1784-1866] at Washington City, September 18, 1830: "Informing him of his arrival at Botetourt Springs and telling him that he hopes to reach Washington in six or seven days." Collection of autograph letters signed from Andrew Jackson to William B. Lewis (MA 811) item 37 unbound. Pierpont Morgan Library Dept. of Literary and Historical Manuscripts. Also published in Daniel Feller, Thomas Coens, and Laura-Eve Moss, eds., The Papers of Andrew Jackson, volume VIII, 1830 (Knoxville: Univ. of Tennessee Press, 2010), p. 525. The Morgan Library & Museum, 225 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10016, (212) 685-0008.

Jackson was President of the United States at the time. John Caldwell Calhoun (1782-1850) of South Carolina was Vice President. Important for documenting the fact that Jackson stayed at Botetourt Springs, operated by Charles Johnston (1769-1833).

[Many thanks to William Myers, Mary Davy, Sally Young and Susan Davis for their ongoing research collaboration.]  

Friday, January 20, 2017

Edward William Johnston: 1838 Advertisement for Bedford Female Academy

[Lynchburg Virginian (September 17, 1838), Page 3.]  


Pupils will assemble on Monday, October 1st. 

MR. HARVEY MITCHELL, well known as a Portrait & Landscape Painter, will, for the year now commencing, take charge of a Class of Drawing and Painting.  His skill as an Artist will offer to pupils desiring a real proficiency in this accomplishment, advantages such as few schools can bestow.  Price of Tuition, 50 dollars per annum.

WINTER UNIFORM.--- Dress and Pelerine [cape] of bottle-green Circassian or Merino, with white Pantalets, and Aprons of brown French Linen; Bonnet of Cane or Chip, Nun’s pattern, trimmed with Crimson Ribbon.

Payment for Board ($50) and Tuition in the regular Studies ($25) will be expected in advance.  The fees for Music, Drawing or for other Studies, not a part of the regular course, will be payable at the end of each Session.  EDWARD WM. JOHNSTON, 
September 17                                                4t if ofts

[Note: same advertisement ran from October 8, 1838 until January 14, 1839, with tuition for Harvey Mitchell's class reduced to $15.
Edward William Johnston (1799-1867)
Harvey Mitchell/Michel (1799-1866)]

[Many thanks to Mary Davy for tracking this and similar articles down, and to William Myers, Sally Young and Susan Davis for their ongoing research collaboration.]