The Speaker resumed the chair at 7½ o'clock.
--The following Senate bills were passed: Establishing a Branch Bank at the town of Jeffersonville
, in the county of Tazewell
; amending the 15th section of chapter 109 of the Code of Virginia
, second edition; directing the payment of certain interest to Emmet J. O'Brien
The engrossed House
bill appointing superintendents of the Staunton and Parkersburg Turnpike Road
was taken up, on motion of Mr. Fleming
, who submitted a ryder thereto, which was incorporated in the bill and passed with it; House
bill for the relief of J. J. Spaulding
was also passed.
informed the House
that the Senate had passed House
bill making appropriations for deficiencies in former appropriations, and for defraying expenses of the General Assembly and Convention, now in session, with amendments.
A message was received from the Senate by Mr. Johnson
, who informed the House
that the Senate had agreed to the joint resolutions in relation to a line of steamers between Virginia
and some port in France
, and to the amendments proposed by the House
to Senate bills for the relief of the Orange and Alexandria Railroad; and passed an act amending the bill incorporating a company to construct a railroad on the plan of Jas. S. French
, between Alexandria
; also, House
bills releasing to the personal representative of A. C. Layne
, the rent due under his lease for a portion of the Public Armory
; allowing extra compensation to the Senate and House clerks; incorporating the Preston
and Augusta Railroad Company, and for the relief of Nathaniel B. Harvey
Removing Troops and Arms Across the Soil of Virginia.
--A joint resolution in regard to the movement of troops and arms within the limits of this Commonwealth, by the General Government
, with the amendments proposed thereto by the Senate, being the unfinished business of the morning session, was called up, and the question being on the indefinite postponement of the resolutions, Mr. McDowell
moved the previous question, which was ordered by the House
; and being put, was decided in the negative — ayes 43, noes 61.
The question recurring on the amendment submitted by Mr. Collier
which is as follows: Add to the first resolution after the word directed,
"in case of the actual attempt of the Federal
authorities to transport said guns over the soil of Virginia
," Mr. McDowell
demanded the previous question, which was sustained by the House
, and being put, was decided in the affirmative.
then moved further to amend the resolutions of the Senate by striking out that portion of the first resolution by which the Governor
was authorized to order out such portion of the ‘"militia of the State
as he may deem necessary," ’ and the question being on agreeing thereto,
obtained the floor, and proceeded to answer the argument advanced by Messrs. Robertson
, which he did at length, taking the Southern State-Rights
view of the questions now agitating the public mind.
replied by correcting his friend from Stafford
in relation to his misconceived views of his position.
obtained the floor, and commenced an argument against Collier
's last proposition to strike out, which he continued for four hours, with many interruptions and calls to order.
A call of the House
being agreed on, several hours were consumed in calling the roll.
The doors were locked, and the Sergeant-at-Arms dispatched after absentees, the members in the meantime amusing themselves in talking and other innocent amusements.
At 4½ o'clock, Collier
's amendment was adopted, on a call of the previous question.
After more noise and talking, a vote was taken on a substitute offered by Mr. Yersy
, somewhat similar to that offered by Mr. Robertson
, which was voted down on a call of the previous question.
A little after 5 o'clock, a vote was taken on the Senate resolution, as amended by Mr. Collier
as a substitute for Mr. Robertson
's resolution, heretofore adopted by the House
, and it was adopted — ayes 45, noes 32, several members positively refusing to vote.
The number of votes recorded constitute exactly a quorum, and two of those voting in the negative were only induced to do so by the Speaker
's ordering the doors to be opened so that they might not appear to do so under duress.
adjourned at 5½ o'clock-- "broad daylight" --Sunday morning.