August 4th 
This is the day of electing our Governor. No one has any doubt of Gov. Vance’s election but everybody is anxious for him to leave that miserable traitor the self made candidate WW Holden behind. Holden received 3 % of the votes here. I am extremely anxious to hear from Buddy. The deserters announced their intention of returning to Yadkinville and controlling the polls. And I am afraid it will be a stormy day. I wish Holden could be choked.
Source: Malinda Ray Diary, Southern Historical Collection, UNC Chapel Hill