The F. L. Bond papers consist of a diary scrapbook (1851-1864) written by F. L. Bond, "Manufacturer of and Dealer in all kinds of Furniture and Mattresses," of Tarboro, N.C.
The diary records news in Tarboro, including deaths of friends and family, as well as news of state and national concern. Mr. Bond's notations reveal his varied interests in education for the poor, temperance, religion, inventions, commercial improvements for Tarboro and North Carolina and North Carolina's government. He records events of the Civil War in the Tarboro area, including troop movements, Union prisoners, engagements and movements on the Tar River. Bond was also keenly interested in the advancement of the mechanical trade and the diary reflects this through listings and some descriptions, plans or recipes for various patent machines, medicines, industrial products, and foods as well as addresses for such useful products.
Entries of interest include a list of vessels arriving at Wilmington, N.C. in the year ending May 1851 complete with descriptions; a notation on a yellow fever epidemic in Wilmington, N.C. (June-November, 1862); a description of an advertisement of a new book he planned to publish entitled, The Follies of N.C. and Her Legislators; Addresses and prices of journals concerning temperance and education; a list of military events connected with a bridge over the Tar River in Edgecombe County, N.C.; a description of the convention for succession in Columbia, S.C. (December, 1860); rules and regulations of F.L. Bond's cabinet shops; and a description of his idea for the beautification of the railway between Tarboro and Rocky Mount by planting flowers.
Clippings include anti-Union propaganda, quaint sayings and philosophy.