Columbus T., age 32, North Carolina

Did not go to church anywhere. Read some Texas Presbyterian Clergyman’s defense of Infant Baptism and Pouring and Sprinkling instead of immersion for Baptism. Phamflet some 80 pages, Usual arguments. This is a vexed question but it seems that the great learning of the age is unable to settle it. It may be on account of prejudices — human preferences and associations. One thing is settled beyond all dispute — the importance of piety. This all can agree upon. When the lust of the eye and the pride of life pass away it may be the same way with religious controversy that is acrimonious discussion. Wrote to Geo. McCrindell and the friends [HP] at Burnt Grove and replied to letter of Nov. 18, 72.  *(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.)