Columbus T., age 32, North Carolina


After taking my seat Rev Mr. Culbreth informed me that my sister Mrs. Wyche was down street shopping, and that she wanted me to come, and would find her somewhere on Fayetteville St. After a search came up behind her wending her way along the St. leading little Bertha. Tapped her on the shoulder when she looked around frightened and ready to scream out or fight. After leaving her to finish her shopping, returned to my seat, when soon the Revenue bill came up. Much discussion took place on amount of exemptions. This I was anxious to secure in a way that would be to the interest of, and satisfactory to the poor and the farming interest but much exemption would be impolitic, and wrong under the ad valorem system, when a small one would meet the case of the poor. Joined Sister Julia at Mrs. Fentress where was her frd. Miss Blanche F. Took dinner there as Miss B. was not willing for me to take her away. After a hasty walk the omnibus [In right margin] having left we reached the train and I jumped off when the train was pretty well under weigh but being active kept on my feet. [In left margin]  Went to Quire meeting at Methodist Church, instead of Ball at Yarboro Hotel. Recd letter from Will D. Turner.

*(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.)