Columbus T., age 32, North Carolina


To day the bill of Waugh of Surry came up — to abolish the office of State Geologist. He took the floor and amused the House for some time by his peculiar style — grimaces twitches and turns. He is an old Representative of the old school, and much opposed to new words of many letters and odd pronunciations. He used to say in common with other people “Mu’seum,” but now it was “Musee’um,” and as to a proposed classification of quadrupeds and reptiles it did not matter with his constituents whether a bullfrog was a quadruped, reptile or of a stuffed owl, bullfrog, and a petrified monkey foot was too much expense, he thought. A young doctor said to him one time the wind blows very acute and actuatingly, and the inquired for cat Aye de sulpha luntum when he felt [In right margin] like hallooing “Table him off.” Waugh’s bill failed notwithstanding. [In left margin] Went to tea at F’s according to invitation.

*(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.)