Columbus T., age 32, North Carolina

Received a remarkable letter with a remarkable proposition coming from the source it did. Recd also a letter from my father which I answered and one from A. Holman and a petition from colored citizens near Catawba Church asking the prohibition of the sale of spirituous liquors within one mile of said church and complaining that there was a grocery or grog shop within a few hundred yards. This was recommended by Isaac Harris and other prominent white citizens. The Revenue bill was passed after numerous amendments which were either adopted or rejected. Offered one which recd large majority and failed only because no quorum voted. Took a walk by the the R. and G. RR works and on the rail road. Called upon M.L. McCorkle who was rooming with Houston of Catawba here attending on Supreme Court.

*(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.)