The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 39, July 1935 - April, 1936 Page: 45
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Diary of a Confederate Congressman, 1862-1868
weary & shall go to bed-11 P.M. Sent Col. James Truit214 3
drafts by Lt. Ford. Sent him one by Matt Wilson.
Monday 30th Day clear but a cold raw wind is blowing. Found
3 telegrams in my box from H. M. Hunter215 at Raleigh-2 last
scolding me for not answering first. Did not receive any till
today. They were dated on Saturday & yesterday. Ansd him
at once that "I could hear nothing of Smith Darnell."216 In the
House much business was done but so fast & I was so much in-
terrupted that I could not keep up with it all. A bill repealing
all laws on the subject of naturalization was passed by a very
large vote-I voted Aye-about 69 to 9, I think. A bill was
passed also conscribing seamen now in the service (i.e. compell-
ing them to remain in for 3 years or the war). Recd a letter
from Eliza of the 5th. All well then. Thank the Lord for his
mercies. Have felt very bad all day. Severe pain in the right
side and soreness in my ribs. Attended meeting of the T. M.
Committee at night. My bill in relation to claims for lost horses
was riddled by Clark & Marshall. Report in the case of the
Flour Contract217 read. Agreed to by Com. after requiring the
Chairman to strike out everything which in the remotest degree
approved the wisdom or judgment of the Com. Gen. in procur-
ing wheat from the great wheat regions of Va. Suffered much today
with pain in my right side & soreness in my ribs. Took a hot
Tuesday 31st Awoke with a slight head-ache. Met Texas dele-
gation at Judge Oldham's218 room--ended in nothing. Several
jokes told. It was agreed that I should ascertain from the A. G.
how many regiments etc. we had in Ark. & report to another
meeting. Much dissatisfaction expressed with Holmes and Hind-
' Colonel James Truit-Must be a Truit of Shelby County. Truitt was
a captain, not a colonel.
'H. M. Hunter-Unknown. Presumably same as that of note 101.
216Smith Darnell-Unknown. May have been related to General Nich-
olas Darnell of San Augustine, who came near being elected lieutenant
governor of Texas in 1846.
" Flour Contract. See above, note 123. Referred to in entry of Jan-
uary 27, 1863.
"1Judge Oldham-Williamson S.; Senator from Texas, 1862-1865. (See
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