xt783b5w6t66 https://exploreuk.uky.edu/dips/xt783b5w6t66/data/mets.xml Sharp, Leander J. 1827  books b92ct275s44s32009 English A. Kendall : Frankfort, Ky. Contact the Special Collections Research Center for information regarding rights and use of this collection. Sharp, Solomon P., 1780-1825. Beauchamp, Jereboam O., 1802-1826. Darby, Patrick Henry. Vindication of the character of the late Col. Solomon P. Sharp, from the calumnies published against him since his murder, by Patrick Darby and Jeroboam O. Beauchamp. text Vindication of the character of the late Col. Solomon P. Sharp, from the calumnies published against him since his murder, by Patrick Darby and Jeroboam O. Beauchamp. 1827 2009 true xt783b5w6t66 section xt783b5w6t66 
    
    
    
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   VINDICATION

op the character of the late

COL. SOLOMON P. SHARP,

?rom the calumnies published against him since his murder;

by

PATRICK DARB\

and

JEROBOAM O. BEAUCHAMP.

BY L. J. SHARP. FRANKFORT:

printed by amos kendall and company*

1827. " 
    
   INTRODUCTION.

THE public will recollect the charges made against the character of mj brother, Col. Solomon P. Sharp, his widow and connections, by Patrick Darby, soon after his murder, and the promise then made by me to vindicate his memory. It was then my intention to perform this sacred duty in the course of a few weeks; but a variety of circumstances have delayed it until this time. Rumors of the murderer's confession, and of its intended publication, led me to suspend this vindication before his execution. After that awful event and the attendant circumstances, rumors of another and different confession which would probably soon be ushered to the world, induced me still to delay, that I might be able to meet all the accusations brought against my brother by his two accusers, Darby and Beauchamp. That production is now before the world; and although it carries upon its face an ample refutation of all its material statements, yet, as the assertions of this man and Darby have made some impression on the minds of strangers who know nothing of their characters and motives, I feel it my duty to submit to the public the ample refutation which I promised.

In performing this duty, I shall not assail the character of any man or set of men, further than is necessary for the development of truth; but from the free use of names and characters, so far as that object makes it necessary, lam not to be deterred by any earthly power. By one man, John U. Waring, whose name must necessarily be used in my narrative, I have already been threatened with death, if I ventured to mention him in connection with my brother's murder. His threats will not induce me to say one word less or more of him than I intended; but, should he choose to execute his avowed intentions, he will find that I have left behind me the certain means of his detection. Wholly resigned to the fate which the friends or accomplices of Beauchamp may have prepared for me, I enter upon the performance of my most sacred duty, with a determination to "be just and fear not."

MEANDER J. SHARP, 
   CHAPTER I.

Parentage, education, progress and character of Col. Sharp*

Solomon P. Sharp was born in the County of Washington State of Virginia, on the 22d day of August 1787. His father was a soldier of the revolution and fought in the celebrated battle of King's mountain, Solomon was but a few months old when our father removed to the frontiers of Tennessee, where he encountered new dangers in the Indian wars which so long raged throughout the western country.

Raised far from the abodes of polished life, in the midst of dangers, privations and alarms, the education of Solomou was only such as the rudeness of the times afforded. At the age of nineteen he entered upon the practice of the law, and by unwearied application, aided by a clear, discriminating mind, he not only acquired a degree of information seldom equalled by the graduates of our colleges, but rose to eminence in his profession. In his manners he was mild and.affable; in the performance of every duty, determined and inflexible. He suffered no passion to drive him into the commission of injustice; nor did he permit any fear of consequences to deter him from doing justice, both in public and private. In morals he was exemplary, and towards females, was always remarked to exhibit a degree of modesty and reserve very uncommon among young men in this age and this country. He was generous and liberal, but never extravagant; he neither encouraged nor mingled in any kind of dissipation, but was forward to promote every meritorious object and useful design. By his honor and punctuality towards his clients, he soon gained a general confidence, and his business accumulated beyond that of almost every other man of his profession.

So great had been his progress in the affections of the people, and such was the confidence reposed in his integrity, that in the yaais 1810 and 18.11, he was efected a member of the Kentucky Legislature from the County of Warren, and performed his duty with such zeal and, ability as to ensure htm the reward of still higher promotion. During the war, in 1812, he was elected to Congress from the district in which he resided, and served in that capacity four or rive sessions in succession,

In the years 1818 and 1819, he was again elected a member of the House of Representatives of Kentucky from the County of Warren, and performed his duties to the entire satisfaction of his constituents.

It was during his service in the Legislature, that he became acquainted with Miss filiza T. Scott, daughter of the late Doctor 
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John M. Scott, whom he married on the 17th of December 1818. This connection was the fruit of a most ardent and disinterested attachment on his side, sincerely reciprocated on hers. It brought him nothing but an excellent, amiable and beautiful wife, to whom he remained wholly devoted until the day of his death.

After his marriage, he returned with his lady to Bowlinggreen, in Warren County, and immediately commenced housekeeping. He there continued in the successful practice of his profession and the management of the extensive property which his industry and economy had enabled him to accumulate.

In the year 1821, he became a candidate for the Senate. The elections were to take place on the first Monday in August and the two succeeding days.

On the 1st of June of that year, Governor Adair addressed to him a letter offering him the office of Attorney General for the State of Kentucky, and concluding with the following remarks:

"I need not say to you, 1 hat the office has fallen into disrepute in public estimation, and the salary been improperly reduced, more from an eye to the former occupant, than to the office. It is my wish so to fill it at present, that it may be again renovated and take its due stand in the government."

To this letter Col. Sharp replied on the 13th of June, accepting the appointment. His commission was dated June the 18th, and having made preparations to remove his family as soon as the health of Mrs. Sharp would permit, he went to Frankfort himself the latter part of September, to be present at the meeting of the Court of Appeals on the first Monday in October. According to previous arrangements, I went up to Frankfort with his family, and arrived there about the 20th of that month. He immediately took up his residence in the house of Mrs. Scott, the mother of Mrs. Sharp.

When he was nominated to the Senate as Attorney General, certain charges, hereafter to be noticed, were preferred against him; but after an investigation by a committee, he was pronounced guiltless, and his appointment was unanimously confirmed.

After this period, he devoted himself wholly to his profession, his properly and his family, until (he year 1823. His success was equal to his most sanguine anticipations. His practice in the superior courts held in Frankfort daily became more extensive, and he constantly gained on the affections of his friends and the confidence of society. Three charming children had blessed his union with Miss Scott; it was thought all old enmities had died away, and it seemed that he had nothing before him but a long life of private happiness and public usefulness.

As a proof of his high characterat that time. I give the following statements of respectable men. and men high in the confidence of (heir countrv. 
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Christian County, January 1827.

Dear Sir:

Having been called on by you to give my views of the character and standing of the late Col. Solomon P. Sharp, your brother, I can state that I was intimately acquainted with him from his childhood until his death. 1 lived a neighbor and was well acquainted with his father and the family, and I am conusant to his having received an exemplary moral education, which was verified throughout his life and conduct.

He sustained an excellent moral character, free from most of the vices and foibles common to young men, so far as came within my observation. He appeared sincere in his friendship, generous and hospitable, decent, decorous and forbearing in his deportment to all men, so far as my observation extended; and by his virtues and talents, he had become one of the most popular and distiu-guished men in the State.

I served with him in rhe army during the late war, in which he volunteered his services as a private soldier, and was, in the organization of the army, preferred to.the command of a battalion in a regiment I had the honor to command, and in no single instance, had I reason to complain; for I always found him prompt, decisive and mauly, in executing all orders coming from the commanding General or myself. Nor has any circumstance of his life, to my knowledge or belief, evinced a want of personal or moral courage. I was a member of the Legislature in the Senate of Kentucky that met the 13th of October 1821. I recollect perfectly of meeting Col. Sharp shortly after my arrival in Frankfort, on Saturday evening before the Legislature met, which was on the Monday following, and I recollect seeing and conversing with the Colonel perhaps every day after my arrival until the confirmation of his nomination as Attorney General, which took place on the 30th October 1821.

I was at Col. Sharp's shortly after the meeting of the Legislature, in company with several gentlemen, and was introduced to Mrs. Sharp, Col. Sharp's lady, and to Mrs. Scott, her mother. Col. Sharp's family were then living with Mrs. Scott in Frankfort.

I will state some of the reasons why my recollection serves me on this subject. Col. Sharp had, previous to the meeting of the Legislature, received a pro tern, appointment as Attorney General for the State of Kentucky, and of course, his nomination would be laid before the Senate for their approbation or rejection. It was also known, that, previous to the meeting of the Legislature, John U. Waring had caused a publication prejudicial to the moral character of Col. Sharp, in which publication the story of the seduction of Ann Cook, the late Ann Beauchamp, was one of the most prominent charges, and it was believed that Waring 
   would lay this publication before the Senate, in order to prevent the confirmation of his pro tern, appointment. From my intimate knowledge of Col. Sharp's character, and his eminent qualifications and friendly intercourse, he had a right to expect and did rely on me in befriending him on this particular occasion, which Caused me to have frequent conversations on that as on many other Subjects. The nomination was laid before the Senate on the 24th of October 1821, and was, on the 26th of the same month, committed to a select committee, for the purpose of examining into the truth of the charges, that of the seduction of Ann Cook being one. I conversed with the members of the committee often, and the evidence adduced, perhaps from Col. Bowmar and others, in which they did not spare Mr. Waring's character, by which evidence, strengthened by others, the committee unanimously reported favorably to the confirmation of the Colonel's appointment.

"In Senate, October the 30th, 1821: Resolved, That the Senate unanimously advise and consent to the said Col. Sharp's appointment, and that Messrs. Ewing and Gorin acquaint the Governor therewith."

I have thus, sir, given you a small sketch of my knowledge of your brother, and a few transactions relative to his appointment; and in doing this, I have only done what was due from me to his memory. 1 am not in good health, or I would and could say much more in favor of that amiable man, Col. Solomon P. Sharp, who is no more.

YOUNG EWING.

We, the undersigned subscribers, state, that we have been well acquainted With Col. Solomon P. Sharp, and that his gentlemanly and decorous deportment and moral character as a man and as a citizen, placed him far above all injury in his reputation while he lived, from the false and ridiculous statements made in relation to the seduction of Ann Cook, late Ann Beauchamp, which were not believed so as to injure his reputation or standing in society during his life, but which have been, with increased colouring and heightened malignity, propagated to affect his reputation where he is not known, since his death.

Richard M. Hannum, M. B. Morton, William I. Morton, James Allison,

John Ewing, Young Ewing,

Daniel M'Goodwin, John D. Patten>

Charles Robinson, J. H. Rice,

James Baham, William Murrell,

Charles Rhice, James Morehead,

Thomas G. M'Koin, N. S. Dallam,

James K. M'Goodwin,      Abraham Stites, 
   John M'Gocdwin^ James Bradley,

Jeremiah C. Wilkins, John Burgess,

Pay ton L. Parish, B. Greenfield January 12th,, 1827.

The subjoined statements are from Gen. S. Caldwell and the . < lion. Benjamin Shackleford. jjtfj

Col. Solomon P. Sharp was raised immediately in myneighbor-H hood, fromachild until he went into the practice of the law; WeH then practised law together for several years, and I viewed h\rv t as a gentleman, and especially so, as respected any kind of scduc i tion or ill treatment towards females. 1

SAMUEL CALDWELL. 1

Hopkinsville, January 22d, 1827. see Sir: . abc

Incompliance with your request, I with pleasure state, that 'p'a I was acquainted with Col. S. P. Sharp many years while he practised law in the Green river country, and in justice to his memorj Sol feel no hesitation to say, that from my knowledge of him, I think jser his moral character was as good as that of any man. wa Yours respectfully, tl!

B. SHACKLEFORD.     as i A. M. Sharp, Esq. the

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Hopkinsville, January 2?th, 1827. |feir Dear Sir: sur In obedience to your request, I state, that I was a member SI of the Legislature of Kentucky in the year 1821; that I arrived ,)ai at Frankfort, as well as I recollect, on Tuesday, the Legislature having convened the day before.   Having been intimately- ac-     quainted with your brother, the late Col. Solomon P. Sharp, for many years previous thereto, I met with him on the first day ofI my arrival, and to the best of my recollection, I saw Col. Sharp in a ' Frankfort during the whole of the session of the Legislature in said year.   The following circumstances induced me to believe If Col. Sharp was not absent at any time during the session of 1821.   f xf A short time after my arrival in Frankfort, 1 was informed that ;C1   Col. Sharp had received a pro tern, appoiutment as Attorney Gen- mu eral for the State of Kentucky, and I was informed that his nomi- ^ nation would be laid before the Senate at an early pact of the ses- m m sion.   I likewise was informed, that one John U. Waring had ||c.ur published a handbill prejudicial to the moral character of Col. Wl&

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   j Sharp, and that the story of the seduction of Ann Cook, late Ann Benuchamp, was one of the most prominent charges contained in I said handbill.   To the best of my knowledge, 1 never read said handbill; but it was expected that said handbill would be laid before the Senate, with a view of preventing the Senate from the confirmation of said nomination.   I, feeling a warm attachment [for CoL Sharp, was interested in his success in said appointment. ! made some inquiry into the matter, and was informed the charges had been made against Col. Sharp in the Senate.   Therefore, I Iwas informed the nomination was referred to a committee, and    after a full, fair and minute examination into all the charges pre-||ferred against Col. Sharp, the Senate honorably acquitted him from said charges, by unanimously concurring in his nomination. 1, with many others of the members of that session, solicited Col. Sharp to suffer his name to be used as a candidate for the presidency of the Bank of Kentucky.   I well recollect of frequently seeing Col. Sharp and conversing with him on diver3 subjects, about the time the election of the President of said Bank took place, which was near the close ef said session.

I can say, sir, from my long acquaintance with your brother, Solomon P. Sharp, his virtues, as well as his talents, were deservedly admired and esteemed by his acquaintances, and there was no circumstance of his life which came within my knowledge, that evinced any want of moral courage.   I would further add, as respected the celebrated and boasted story, (of his enemies,) the seduction of Ann Cook, if understood by others as it has always1, Steven by his most violent enemies, been represented to me, it de-Bkerves but little notice; for they always admitted that she was a j jjgirl of good mind, having on her side 35 or 40 years experience, MBurrounded by wealthy connections, and a full knowledge of Col.    Sharp being a married man and living in perfect peace and harmony with his family in the same town.

I am, respectfully, yours, &c.

JAMES C. CRAVENS.

F. C. Shari1, Esq.

Wc, the undersigned citizens of Bowlinggreen and vicinity, Slaving been acquainted with the late CoJ. Solomon P. Sharp, who resided as our neighbor for many years, feel it our duty to express our contempt for the slanderous, insidious, false and malicious rumors, calculated to stain the character and memory of our much lamented fellow citizen, that have been circulated through the medium of the presses in this Slate, charging him with seduc-ition and other crimes. From a knowledge of many of the cir-Icumstances under which these rumors took place, and of his up-wight, correct and moral deportment, we feel it a duty we owe to urselves. to his friends, and to the world, to bear testimony to our 
   total disbelief of the slanders, and our admiration of his correct, moral, honest, honorable and dignified deportment.

E. M. Covington, J. Vanmeter, A. Larsh, John S. Lucas, James B. Sterett, John Maxey, Joseph Rees,                 James R. Parker, P. Doneldson,                W. H. Rochester, James T. Morehead,      R. W. Lucas, Charles Campbell, Robert O. Hendricks, John Keel, Samuel S. Brooking, James Keel,                  Thomas Sterett,

Eli Barkley, James M. Blakey.

F. Bettersworth, February 15th, 1826.

I add the testimony   f the Rev. Silas M. Noel, D. D. and the Rev. Gideon Blackburn, D. D. with whom my brother was on terms of the most friendly intercourse. The following letters were addressed to Mrs. Sharp:

Oakley, 28th March 1827.

Dear Madam :

Were testimony needful, to repel that very surprising imputation on the memory of our much esteemed friend and fellow citizen, (the late Col. S. P. Sharp,) which attributes to him sentiments sceptical or deistical, the appeal might not be made to his personal friends; for I am persuaded, among those who knew him, there is scarcely an enemy vindictive and malignant enough to deny him this tribute, which truth and justice imperiously demand. Detraction so barefaced and daring, is not the offspring of ordinary spleen, even in factious times. It argues that depravity and malignity which death cannot destroy   that ruthless and fiendlike spirit which can fearlessly invade the sanctity of the tomb and stab afresh the murdered dead.

In that community where Col. Sharp resided, he needed no commendation either from friends or foes. His talents and virtues had given him the most enviable ascendancy in the affections of his countrymen, who delighted to cherish the fondest regard for his exalted worth. Those catch-penny scribblers, (in other States,) whose interest it is to make out a good story, have over-reached themselves, in attributing to him the impurities of infidelity, The free and unreserved manner in which he was accustomed to express his belief in the divine authenticity of the Holy Scriptures and his admiration of the principles they inculcate, together with his profound veneration for the Christian religion, as a system of practical truth, calculated pre-eminently to purify the heart and to renovate the world, will ever protect his memory from an imputation so unmerited and misapplied. 
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Allow me, madam, the pleasure of tendering you for myself, (and I might say for those with whom I am associated in a society way,) assurances of high regard for the public and private character of your deceased husband, and a fervent desire that the unparallelled deed which forced him from the bosom of his family and country, may work for you "a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory."

Yours most sincerely,

S. M. NOEL.

   

   

Louisville, March 22d, 1827.

My dear friend:

I have long tenderly sympathised with you under the deep afflictions you have been called to experience. They are certainly such as must have brought you to a Throne of Grace and to the heart of a Friend, who is the affectionate husband of the afflicted widow. That any human being should be found base enough to inflict unnecessary wounds, is a mark of great depravity. My acquaintance with Col. Sharp was pretty intimate for nearly two years, and his character was familiar for several years. I considered Lima gentleman of talents, politeness, probity and honor, strictly moral and respectful to religion, so far as his conduct came uuder my notice. His sentiments respecting the authenticity of the Christian Scriptures, and of all the important and essential doctrines of the Christian religion, were matter of frequent conversation between us, in hours of social intercourse, while I was entertained under his friendly roof; and 1 can most unequivocally state, that he not only professed a firm belief in the Christian religion, but a peculiarly accurate and correct knowledge of its leading doctrines and precepts, and seemed to feel a sacred veneration for all its claims; and further, that I had strong evidence, from the tenor of his conversation, that his conscience was deeply affected with the necessity of his own personal interest in the concerns of religion.

I feel pretty certain, that his views and feelings were as candidly developed to me as to any other man, from the cordial friendship which subsisted between us, and the unreserved confidence he appeared to repose in me. After a sermon I had preached in Frankfort on the authenticity of the Bible, he remarked, that he thought the evidence in favor of the Bible was so clear, that no good man ought to oppose it, and that the benevolent tendency of the Gospel and its moralizing effect on mankind, were fully sufficient to shew that God was its author. He indeed seemed to mc to have a perfect abhorrence of infidelity. Col. Sharp had a re-lined understanding, and could not yield his assent to the inconsistent dogmas of sectarists, who were more solicitous to make proselytes, than to lead souls in the highway of holiness; but to

    
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a clear display of the Gospel in its symmetry and connections, hi yielded the most explicit consent.

J This, my dear friend, I consider but a just tribute to the memory of my respected friend, who, I much regret, was hurried so wantonly to an untimely grave by unfeeling and bloody hands. Whatever might have been the cause of that horrid deed, it is in my view unjust to brand his memory with the charge of infidelity, if by it be meant the denial of the truth of the Bible or of the leading doctrines of Christianity.

I hope these very severe trials will purify you, like gold passing through the furnace, and lead you at last to rest comfortably in the bosom of the Redeemer, where "the wicked cease from troub-ling and the weary are at rest."

Yours in bonds of affection,

GIDEON BLACKBURN,

Mrs. Eliza T. Sharp,

CHAPTER IF.

Ann Cook, afterwards Ann Beauchamp   origin of the story relative h the seduction of Ann Cook   John U. Waring.

When Col. Sharp took his lady to Bowlinggreen, after marriage, Ann Cook was living with her brother, John W. Cook, who then kept a boarding house in that place. She was then, according to the most accurate information I can obtain, 33 or 34 years old. She was small in stature, probably not exceeding 99 pounds in weight, had dark hair and eyes, dark skin inclined to sallow, a large forehead, slender nose, large mouth, low chin, face tapering downwards, had lost her fore teeth, was stoop shouldered, and in no way a handsome or desirable woman. Her tone of voice appeared to be affected even to childishness, and she was remarkably frivolous in her conversation. Vivacity, often amounting to frivolity, was her only recommendation. She had read considerable, especially of Novels, and delighted to converse upon scenes of romance and fiction. Of moral and religious principles, she was wholly destitute. She was an avowed disciple of Mary Woolstoncraft, and scoffed at the institutions of society, especially matrimony. She believed in no future state of existence, and declared, that in her opinion, mankind are brought into being with an entire right to dispose of their persons and lives as they please. The whole Christian system she denounced as a fraud on mankind, propagated and sustained by cunning atad priestcraft, Having been acquainted w*th her at least twelve years before the 
   birth of her illegitimate child, I knew her principles well, so far at least as they were developed in her conversations.

At (he time alluded to, she was in the habit of visiting many of (he most respectable families in Bowlinggreen. The house of Col. Sharp being near that of her brother, she frequently called on Mrs. Sharp. At that time, Mrs. Sharp was seriously impressed on the subject of religion, and found nothing in the conversation of Ann Cook, which could, in any degree, make her society agreeable. On the contrary, her visitant became, from her extreme frivolity, not only unacceptable, but often disgusting. There never was any intimacy or any degree of confidence between therrf. But she was tolerated on account of her relatives and connections, who were among the most respectable in that section of th^ country.

Nothing was publicly known of the private habits of this woman until the summer of 1 820, when her shame became notorious by her pregnancy. Of this child, she declared that Col. Sharp was the father! At the time this alleged seduction must have taken place, he had been married to a beautiful and amiable woman, whom he tenderly loved, not one year! Such a thing is not probable   nay, it is hardly possible. The heart cannot be so soon estranged from a lovely object on which it has placed all its affections. Mrs. Sharp was far the superior of Ann Cook, in youth, intelligence, personal charms, and every genteel accomplishment. That Col. Sharp could so soon forget the young wife of his bosom, not then 20 3 ears old, to associate with a frivolous, waning flirt of 35, who had nothing but forwardness and perlness to recommend her, is wholly incredible! It is more likely, that Ann Cook wished to give importance to herself by connecting her infamy with a man whom society held,in the highest estimation; or with that jealousy and malice which the female bosom sometimes cherishes, she may have desired to involve in her ruin, the hopes and happiness of the more accomplished Mrs. Sharp, whose good fortune she had so much room to envy.

The sensation produced in my brother's family was one of deep mortification, notwithstanding they never entertained a moment's doubt of his innocence. They were satisfied, that he was selected by an unprincipled and shameless woman, as one whose spotless character and high standing would afford her some apology for the surrender of that virtue which subsequent information fully proved she had long ceased to possess.

Facts within the personal knowledge of Mrs. Sharp, satisfied her of (he foulness of the charge, and of her husband's innocence. Ann Cook was specific as to the time when the criminal net was committed. She said it was on a particular Sunday, September the 18th, 1819; that Mrs. Sharp had gone to meeting; tha( she went intg Col. Sharp's office and found him alone, &c.   In relation 
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to that day, there were many events which brought it more fully to the recollection of Col. Sharp's family than almost any other day in the calendar, as if Heaven had so ordered it, as to detect the vile imposture. It was the Sabbath before the birth of Mrs. Sharp's first child; and Mrs. Sharp's mother, Mrs. Scott, had gone down to attend her in her sickness. Col. Sharp on that day went to meeting with Mrs. Sharp and Mrs. Scott, which was held in an unfinished room belonging to the Messrs. Keels. The room was so crowded that Col. Sharp and Col. Johnson had to take seats upon the Clerk's desk or table, where they were conspicuous to the whole congregation. Col. Johnson stated last summer, that he perfectly well recollected sitting there with Col. Sharp during the sermon. When service was over, Col. Sharp invited Mr. Lapsley, the preacher, to dine with him. After dinner, Col. Sharp read to Mrs. Scott the Cumberland Presbyterian Confession of Faith, in which he was occupied until night. The next morning he started to Glasgow, to attend the Barren Circuit Court, in company with Col. Johnson. Those who knew these facts were at once satisfied of the falsehood of the charge, and of Col. Sharp's innocence. A man who is now dead, afterwards stated, that he had seen Ann Cook in the act of criminal intercourse with another individual, on that very day.

This scandalous charge against Col. Sharp created a great deal of conversation, and was followed by a variety of rumors, that Ann Cook had, for many years, been guilty of shameless prostitution. It was stated, that a young man named Reavis, who had. formerly lived in the house of John W. Cook and had then gone to Missouri, had some direct knowledge of her habits. Mr. John Keel and John W. Cook both wrote to this young man, and both received answers, the substance of which was, that he had seen enough with his own eyes to convince him of Ann Cook's loose character. Heeven named the guilty person; but it is not necessary to my purpose to be more explicit.. Mr. Keel voluntarily put the answer he received into the hands of my brother; and Mr. Cook was so well satisfied of his sister's lewd conduct, that he often expressed to me his regret that he had for a moment entertained an ill feeling towards Col. Sharp. From that time till the day of his death, he expressed the highest regard for hirn, and employed him in all his law business. Ann Cook's relatives generally remained his fast friends, employed him in their law business, and often expressed their entire conviction of his innocence.

The following is a copy of Reavis' letter to Mr. Keel:

Boonville, August 18th, 1820.

Dear Sir:

After my respects to you, I will inform you what I know of the report in circulation inyour place concerning Miss Ann Cook. 
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In 1817, and whilst I boarded with J. Cook, I was engaged with a wa  on and team, which I hired of him- I went to feed them at a late hour in the night. After I had done feeding them, I returned to (he house; but as I drew near to the door, I perceived it to be shut; but went on to the door; but before I put my hand on the latch, it was pulled about half open, when I perceived it to be Miss Ann Cook. I then stopped and gave her the door. As she passed me she spoke these words, "there is nobody there." I made her no answer. I then pushed the door open, when I saw a man standing against the partition. As I passed him I recognized him as well as I could by the reflection of the moon, and thought, from

the stature and dress, it was--or--.   This sir, is

true, as far as my recollection serves me at this time. With due respect, your friend,

ANDERSON REAVIS. P. S. Sir, you will dome a great kindness if you will write to

me who it was that reported that I saw--and Ann Cook

in a carnal connection with each other, and the words wh