SETTING DOWN IN WASHINGTON
Where can one be happier than in the bosom of his family. --PROVERB.
BLAIR arrived in Washington in 1830, accompanied by his family and Mrs. Gratz. He left his plantation and a few slaves in the care of a tenant under the general oversight of Gratz.1 It is quite easily understood why the Blair family went with Blair to Washington. Blair was particularly fond of his wife and children and spent an unusual amount of his time in the companionship of his capable and lovable helpmate, who kept an ever-watchful eye on his health. Mrs. Blair's constant care for his physical welfare aided him in the development of a strong constitution, helping overcome a tubercular tendency, and giving him an eighty-five year lease on life. This courageous daughter of Nathaniel Gist did not propose to be left behind to live on a farm in Kentucky while her husband sallied forth to defend Jackson. She was quiet, unassuming, intelligent, determined, and possessed the qualities which made her equal to facing hardships without a qualm. She was just the wife for a struggling Jacksonian editor.
The father and mother, husband and wife since 1812, left their eldest boy, Montgomery, with Gratz. Blair had greatly admired the Revolutionary hero, General Montgomery, and had sought to perpetuate the General's fame in the name of his son,2 who was born May 10, 1813. By the time the elder Blair left Kentucky, Montgomery was a tall, straight, blue-eyed, fair-complexioned youth of seventeen years of age. He had received the best training obtainable in the schools in Frankfort county and had entered Transylvania University to finish his education. There he hoped____________________