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[newspaper clipping]
	        Personal Sketches.
  A correspondent of the Baltimore American
  With your leave, I shall continue my description
of the Convention of South Carolina.
  Prominent among all the minds of the assembly,
Judge Withers, of the South Carolina bench, stands
very high.  This gentleman is quite venerable and
pleasing in appearance.  I would consider him ad-
vanced in years, probably about sixty-five, rather
tall, and quite prepossessing.  His hair is long,
very fine and nearly a silver grey.  The whole
contour of his countenance is pleasing and bland.
His forehead is wide and of good height.  The eyes
are not large, but of a grayish hue, and as mischiev-
ous-looking as a hoyden of sixteen.  His manner
is quick, impulsive, and evinces no diminution of
energy, either bodily or mentally.  When he speaks
it is upon the impulse of the moment, and with
great rapidity and clearness of thought.  He is one
of the most active thinkers and subtle reasoners
in the body.  Fun, however, and an overweaning
love for sarcasm and caustic remarks, are his chief
peculiarities of style.  As a Judge upon the Bench,
I am told he is very upright, and extremely severe.
  Chacellor F. H. Wardlaw, another eminent
member of the South Carolina Judiciary, is noted
for his legal attainments and critical ability.  His
judgment is remarkably good.  His appearance is
not altogether prepossessing.  His mental quali-
ties are, however, of a superior character, and he
is distinguished for ripe scholarship and literary
ability.  In person he is short, rather stout, with a
large head, heavy features, and full florid face.
His voice is tremulous and not very clear.  The
distinguishing marks of the face are his eyes, which
though small, are set far apart, under a fine, wide
  Hon. D. F. Jamison, the President of the Con-
vention, and a member of the Governor�s Council
of State and Secretary of War under the new
Republic, is a gentleman universally liked.  His
character is unexceptionable and pure.  Until the
present crisis he had for many years lived as a 
planter, retired from public life.  In manner he is
modest, unassuming, and seemingly diffident.  Per-
sonally, the President is above medium height, thin
and pale.  His face betokens gentleness of dispo-
sition and mildness of character.  The forehead is
good, though seared with the wrinkles of care.  It
is not a thoughtful face.  He wears at this time a
heavy beard, which serves to fill up to some extent
the hollowness of the cheeks.  I should take him
to be about fifty years old, though there is no sign
of grey either in his hair or beard.
  Hon. Alexander Mayzck is one of the �charac-
ters� of the Convention.  He has for many years
filled various offices of public trust, and though he
has been in the State Senate a very long time, has
not for ten or twelve years voted for any represen-
tatives to the United States Congress.  On occa-
sions when a ballot for these gentlemen was re-
quired, Mr. Mayzck has always deposited a blank
ballot.  So determined has his opposition been to
the continuance of South Carolina�s relations with
the Federal Union, that he has persistently refused
to sanction it even with his vote.  He is a thorough-
going slave-trade man, and thinks that a re-opening
thereof is the only way to Christianize the African.
He is rather aged, with stern, rough features, grey
hair, and an inflexible, stubborn will.               
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