House of Delegates.
Friday, Jan. 25th, 1861.
was called to order at 12 o'clock M., by Speaker Crutchfield
Prayer by Rev. J. B. Jeter
, of the Third Baptist Church.
A communication was read from the Senate, announcing the passage of certain House
bills, among them the following: ‘"Creating an Ordnance Department;"’ ‘"incorporating the Virginia Boot
and Shoe Manufactory;"’ and ‘"appropriating one million of dollars for State defence,"’ with amendments.
Also, Senate bill entitled ‘"an act for the relief of Thos. Jarvins
, of Fairfax county
,"’ which latter was afterwards taken up and passed by the House
--The bill ‘"appropriating one million of dollars for State defence,"’ came from the Senate with certain amendments thereto, as follows:
Strike out all of first section after the word "Assembly," and insert the words--
"That the Colonel
of Ordnance be, and is hereby authorized and required, under the direction of the Governor
, to procure such arms, equipments, and munitions of war, as may be necessary for the defence of the State
The said officer is also authorized to contract, under the direction of the Governor
, for the manufacture in this State of equipments and munitions of war, and may buy materials to be used in the manufacture of the same, and may contract with parties for altering and improving, in this State, cannon and small arms, or may, in his discretion, purchase machinery and materials for such purpose, if the same cannot be done by contract upon reasonable terms: Provided,
That not more than $800,000 shall be expended for such purposes, which sum is hereby appropriated out of any money in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated.
The arms so to be purchased shall be so distributed that the militia of the State
along and near the border on the non-slaveholding States, and along the borders of the Chesapeake Bay
and the navigable streams tributary thereto, shall be put on equal footing, in the supply of arms, with the militia of any other part of the Commonwealth
After the word "Commonwealth," third line of second section, insert the following:
that said Engineer shall first submit his plans, with the cost of executing the same, to the Governor
for his approval, and if such plans be approved by him the same shall be executed."
First line third clause strike out the words "above
mentioned," and insert the words "mentioned in the preceding section."
, of Kanawha
, offered the following amendment to the first section as amended by the Senate:
"And, provided further, that the sum of $50,000 of the sum here in after appropriated for coast, river and harbor defences, shall be applied to the construction of two arsenals in Northwestern Virginia
; one at some point along the line of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, on the Northwestern
Virginia Railroad, and the other at some point upon the great Kanawha River
, the precise location of which shall be determined by the Engineer
herein required to be employed by the Governor
The bill, with its proposed amendments gave rise to considerable discussion, Messrs
and others participating therein.
On motion of Mr. Haymond
, who desired to offer an amendment acceptable to members from all sections of the State
, the bill was laid on the table for the present.
Committee on the Capital.
announced the following Special Committee on the above subject, viz: Messrs. Magruder
--The following petitions, &c., were presented: by Mr. Haymond
, the application of Thomas Hough
for relief from any alleged erroneous assessment: by Mr. Haymond
, a copy of the order of the County Court of Marion, refunding $65 to M. W. Selby
; by Mr. Mong
, the petition of A. S. Chambers
and ninety-eight other citizens of Martinsburg
, praying an amendment to their town charter.
--The Committee of Courts of Justice having reported adversely on the resolution to inquire into the expediency of a Stay Law, Mr. Keen
made a motion, which was carried, that the subject be made the special order of the day for next Wednesday, at 1 o'clock. On like motion, the House
adopted a resolution to print (for the use of the members) ‘"a bill for the enactment of a Stay Law,"’ presented by Mr. Keen
--The following bill was reported, viz: An act to stay the proceedings in executions, trust deeds, and other demands, in case of refusal to receive bank notes.
--The following resolutions of inquiry into expediency were presented and referred, viz: By Mr. Duckwall
, of referring so much of the Governor
's Message as relates to condemned slaves and the value thereof to the Committee
on Courts of Justice; by Mr. Christian
, of referring so much of the Governor
's Message as relates to the public buildings and grounds to the Select Committee on the Capitol Building; by Mr. Bisbie
, of amending and re-enacting the act incorporating the Virginia Car-Spring Company, passed 19th of March, 1860.
Relieving the Banks.
--The engrossed bill, ‘"for the temporary relief of the Banks of this Commonwealth"’ from the penalty incurred by a suspension of specie payments until the 1st of March, 1862, came up on its passage and was debated.
offered the following ryder to the bill:
That the Banks shall not, during the suspension of specie payments, charge and receive damages on drafts for non-payment, nor charge or receive, between Maryland
during the suspension, a greater rate of exchange than 1 per cent.
, of Isle of Wight
, moved to lay the bill and ryder on the table.
Pending the discussion of the same,