Mr. Curtis preached. Mr. Stone and Mr. Browning came up to help with choir.
Two men staid here last night from Noble Co. Mr. Jordan is Vallandigham Democrat & his soninlaw Mr. Tilton a Republican. They almost quarreled over [Benj Brown’s] late speech in Congress. They have a lot of cattle.
The name of the person who gave the speech is difficult to read. I believe it is Benj Brown, but I cannot find a reference to such a person in the House of Representatives.
Clement Vallandigham was a member of the House of Representatives from Ohio from 1858-March 1863, a leader of the Copperheads who wanted a negotiated peace with the Confederates. Julia would have considered him a traitor. In May of 1863 he would give a speech saying the war was “a war for the freedom of the blacks and the enslavement of the whites.”