The Indian attack was not Jackson's last brush with death on the trail west. In Jonesborough, where Jackson's party stayed for its first court session, another lawyer angered Jackson in court and Jackson challenged the lawyer to a duel–Jackson's first, but far from the last time he would throw down such a gauntlet. Thus, just after sundown, Jackson met Waightstill Avery outside of town. Seconds paced off the distance and the signal was given. Both men fired and both missed. Jackson's honor now restored, he shook hands with Avery and left. Jackson and his friends left Jonesborough in October 1788 and embarked for Nashville– a small settlement right on the frontier. The settlement, though now seven years old and firmly established, remained hazardous. Lewis Robards, whose father-in-law had founded Nashville, took Jackson in to help protect the house from Indians. As prosecutor, Jackson's first task was to help creditors recover their loans. By the time
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