Columbus T., age 32, North Carolina

The bill appropriating $46,500, to institutions for Deaf, Dumb & Blind was taken up and provoked much discussion. Last session $5000 were appropriated to build an institution for Col’d Dep’t. The Board had gone as far as to require the amount above $40,000, to complete it. Amendments were offered to reduce, which I opposed stating that no plans or specifications for the building were to be found in any act of this Gen. Assembly, and whilst I depricated and earnestly condemned, exceeding powers granted, I believed in the establishment of a building that would answer the purpose, be satisfactory, and creditable to the State, and advised members offering amendment to reduce the appropriation, to back such with informative facts and figures, based upon investigation and would [In left margin] move to postpone such to give all objectors opportunity to make investigation and be prepared to act knowingly.

*(Worthy of Record: The Civil War and Reconstruction Diaries of Columbus Lafayette Turner, Ed. Kenrick N. Simpson, courtesy of the State Archives of North Carolina.)