When we gutted our dining room (that story to come), we found a couple of things in the walls. One stud had been sistered to give it more strength. However, the previous owners did not remove the wainscot and didn't realize that the new sister stud was not actually sitting on the floor. It was instead resting on a lump of old plaster that had been dropped into the wall when the room was constructed or remodeled previously.
|Stud resting on a lump of plaster.|
|Paper and plaster - there's even horse hair still in the plaster.|
After a bit more research, I found that the paper tells of a very public altercation between Clay and Saunders about the upcoming 1828 election. Judging from articles in newspapers around that time, it seems that the squabble happened in the summer of 1827. Saunders backed Andrew Jackson, while Clay supported Adams for re-election. In the end, Jackson won. The date of the newspaper (1827) coincides with the date brick in our living room chimney - the year that the house was extended for the third and final time. I love it when things all tie together!
|On closer view, you can see the three named gentlemen.|