The Senate finally agreed up a bill to adjust the State Debt. […] Bill in favor of Contractors on Marion and Asheville Turnpike adopted. Pays half. February 18th fixed for meeting of University Trustees. Went down street bought some figs for a purpose — had a shave and hair cutting — on return found some married ladies and boys of our house playing croquet and had a game with six. On the prevailing side. My first game in 6 mos. At Marlers room with Armfield and Bryan discussing usury. [In left margin] Met Mr. Alston of Warren.
*(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.)