House of Delegates.
Wednesday, March 6, 1861.
was called to order at 11 o'clock by Speaker Crutchfield
Prayer by the Rev. Mr. Willis
, of the Baptist Church.
The passage of sundry bills by the Senate was communicated to the House
, most of which were referred to committees.
Adjournment Sine Die.
, of the Senate, informed the House
of the passage by the Senate of a joint resolution fixing the time of final adjournment of the General Assembly on the 20th of March.
--For the sale of a lot near Chatham Hill
, in Smythe county
, and purchase of another lot and erection of a schoolhouse thereon; amending an act passed the 6th March, 1858, entitled an act to amend the 2d section of an act passed March 2d, 1858, entitled an act to organize the militia and provide for the defence of the Commonwealth
; concerning the sales, by the High Constable
of the city of Richmond
, of slaves and other property levied upon, distrained, or ordered to be sold under attachments; for the relief of Wm. S. Martin
, late Sheriff
of Lee county
; for the relief of Washington J. Herald
; for the relief of V. S. Morgan
, late Sheriff
of Smythe county
; amending and re-enacting the 1st, 2d, 3d, 4th, and 5th sections of chapter 23d of the Code, and to increase and rearrange the divisions and brigades of the Commonwealth
; amending and re-enacting the 31st section of chapter 198 of the Revised Code
--The Committee of Courts of Justice returned an adverse report to the petition of Robert McConnell
and others, for the release of Ann McGuire
from her imprisonment in the County
Jail of Marshall county
The committee was of opinion that the Governor
has power to grant the relief prayed for, and that, therefore, it is inexpedient to legislate on the subject.
The Peace Congress
--The Speaker laid before the House
a communication addressed by Messrs. John Tyler
, G. W. Summers
, W. C. Rives
, and James A. Seddon
, Virginia Commissioners to the Peace Congress, to the Governor
, transmitted to the Speaker
this day, accompanied by a copy of the plan adopted by said Peace Conference, commonly known as the Franklin Substitute
The document being read, on motion they were laid on the table and ordered to be printed.
--Establishing the county of Bland
out of parts of Giles
, and Tazewell
Enslavement of Free Negroes
--On motion of Mr. Baskervill
, the bill for the voluntary enslavement of B. W. Love
and Isaac Burnett
, free persons of color, was taken.
He said when the bill was before the House
the other day, on the suggestion of members that a general bill, embracing the same objects, would be reported, he had moved to lay the bill on the table.
He now reported said bill.
The title reads as follows:
"For the voluntary enslavement of free negroes without compensation to the Commonwealth
On motion of Mr. Walker
, the House
Correspondence of the Richmond Dispatch.
affairs in Petersburg.
Petersburg, March 5th, 1861.
Well ! The long agony is over — another scene in our political drama has been enacted, and, like anxious spectators, who have viewed each rise of the curtain with mingled feelings, while eagerly awaiting the grand climax, we are ready to exclaim, ‘"What comes next? "’ The inaugural address of Mr. Lincoln
has greatly elated the friends of immediate secession — embodying, as it does, those coercive measures which they predict will unite the whole South
; while a corresponding depression has been produced upon the minds of the Unionists.
The excitement on our streets, yesterday, was intense — crowds collected around the bulletin boards, and in the confusion of the moment many wild and exaggerated reports were circulated; obtaining, however, only momentary credence.
The principal local excitement at present, is the arrest of three well-known free negro carpenters; the chief witness against them, as far as yet known, being an incendiary letter addressed to one of them from Norfolk
, and accidentally picked up in the street here, last Thursday.
This letter makes a call upon them for money and arms, to aid an association in Norfolk
called the ‘"Sons of Liberty."’
has dispatched one of our most efficient officers to the scene of action, to find and bring up the author of the letter.--Whether anything of importance will grow out of these preliminaries, is all conjecture.
A lover of peace, who longs for the ‘"plowshare and the pruning-hook,"’ would feel disposed to groan in spirit over the vast quantities of ammunition daily passing through, while the sight of columbiads and mortars awakens but passing notice.
I learn that the small-pox is quite prevalent in Dinwiddie
, and several deaths have occurred.
Our citizens are satisfied with a milder type of disease, the chicken-pox, which has attacked all ages and sizes, but is especially popular among the infantile portion of the community.
Correspondence of the Richmond Dispatch.
Liberty, Bedford Co., Va. March 4.
A volunteer company was organized a few days since, at Ashland
, Bedford county
, and Mr. N. C. Harris
was elected, unanimously, Captain
; R. W. Saunders
, 1st Lieutenant
; Wm. Steptoe
, 2d Lieutenant Mr. Harris
is a distinguished graduate of the V. M. Institute
, and is fully qualified to fill with great credit and honor to himself the position to which he has been called.
The military spirit is rapidly increasing here.
There are several other companies that are being organized, and will soon be ready to show Mr. Lincoln
that somebody will be hurt, if not now, should he attempt to retake those Southern forts.