on, Monroe, Chief Justice Marshall, Randolph, Leigh, Johnson, Tazwell, and a host of others of almost equal renown, all were there.
For five months he listened to them with tireless attention, heard all the debates, noted the methods of conducting deliberative assemblies, and gathered many a lesson of statesmanship which served him in good stead when he came himself to play a part upon a similar arena.
He often said afterwards that it was the best school he had ever attended.
In Febuary, 1830, he went to Washington and witnessed the battle of the giants, in the Senate chamber, on the celebrated Foote resolutions.
He heard Hayne, and pronounced Webster's triumphant reply as equal to the world-noted pleading for the Crown.
From that time may be dated his ambition for political distinction.
He studied diligently the questions of the day and entered upon their discussion before the people of his native county with the burning enthusiasm that always characterized his public utteranc