Columbus T., age 32, North Carolina

Received Intelligencer containing an account of sister Ella’s marriage by L.S.G. This paper ought to be sent to me regularly but Editor seems to neglect it. Why is this.

A Bill asking or rather incorporating a colored lodge of Masons, was strongly opposed by some of the whites, saying they had never been recognized and that it was clandestine. Gudger opposed, and stated that he preferred the institution of Masonry to any other on earth, the Church not excepted, to which he belongs. Dudley col[ore]d only excepted the Church. A call for Ayes and Noes being sustained the bill passed by only 2 Maj. 38 to 36. Although a large Maj. in fact nearly all of my party voted against it — those who did vote, yet I voted for it, because Masons must settle the question of recognition among themselves, and it is one act of Incor. among a hundred, and if so good a thing its benefits should extend to all races. Took dinner at Mrs Pullens and exercised along the streets with Horton & Anderson of Davie.

*(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.)