Virginia State Convention.
Sixteenth day--[Second session].
Richmond, July 1, 1861.
The Convention was called to order at the usual hour by Mr. Southall
. Prayer was pronounced by Rev. Mr. Hall
arose and said: ‘The Convention will please give me its attention for a moment, while I refer to a gross misrepresentation which appears in the Dispatch
of this morning, [in the report of the proceedings of the Convention
as reported by the Reporter.] purporting to be a report of a conversation which occurred upon the floor on Saturday last.
I say the misrepresentation is gross — gross.
If it proceeded from ignorance, the ignorance is pitiable; if it proceeded from design, the malignity is contemptible.
I refer to the conversation which occurred between the member from Wetzel
) and myself.
I have called his attention to the statement in the Dispatch,
and am happy to find that he concurs entirely in the correctness of my recollection.’ I will read a portion of the report:
, of Wetzel
, replied to Mr. Macfarland
, by remarking that 'fellow feeling makes us wondrous kind.' Mr. Macfarland
here desired to know what Mr. Hall
meant by his remark.
rejoined, ‘"I meant, sir, just what I said.
You and your friends always went with Brown
while he was here, and now when he is proved to be a traitor, you wish to vindicate him."’"
The member from Wetzel
did use the language ‘"a fellow feeling,"’ as here reported, and when I asked him what he meant, he had the candor to say at once that he had no reference to me. Yet, this simple incident, so easy of comprehension by the plainest capacity, is perverted and made the foundation of injurious insinuations.
The gentleman will agree with me in this statement of the facts.
, of Wetzel
.--I will add that my recollection of the conversation referred to, is pretty much in accordance with the facts which the gentleman from Richmond
When interrogated by him as to what I meant by the expression ‘"a fellow feeling makes us wondrous kind,"’ I certainly stated distinctly that I had no reference to him, and did not in tend to reflect upon him.
An ordinance providing that the Banks of the State
shall not give credit to the notes of the Banks of States inimical to the Confederate States
, by receiving such notes in payment of any public debts, was introduced and laid upon the table.
An ordinance was considered giving authority to the citizens of Virginia
in camp anywhere in the Confederate States
to vote, under certain restrictions, for President
of the Confederate States
An ordinance was submitted providing that loyal citizens in any part of the State
who, by reason of military occupation of the county seat by Lincoln
's forces, shall be entitled to vote in any other precinct where no such obstructions exist.
, of Petersburg
, moved to take up an ordinance providing that all the county and corporation Courts in the State
shall have power to enroll and draft into the service of the State
, subject to the articles of war, all able-bodied free negroes in the State
, and compel them to work on fortifications and works of public defence.
Moved to lay on the table.
moved that as soon as the same shall be printed, the Secretary
shall send to the clerks of the County
Courts two, and to the members of this Convention ten, copies of all ordinances of this body.
Amended that all ordinances of a penal nature be published in certain newspapers of the State
Rejected. The original ordinance was then passed.
moved to take up an ordinance confining to the civil Courts of Richmond
the trial of persons suspected of treason who may be brought here by the military authorities of the State
Substitute offered and passed.
offered a resolution inhibiting the officer charged with that duty from paying Judge Thompson
, of the 20th Judicial District, his salary as such Judge
until further orders.
submitted an ordinance providing that wherever the words ‘"United States
"’ occur in the Code of Virginia
or other laws of the State
, the words ‘"Confederate States
"’ shall be substituted therefor.
Amended by adding ‘"where applicable."’ Amendment rejected — original ordinance passed.
Mr. James Barbour
called the attention of the House
to the fact that the Committee
on Federal Relations had just had an interview with the President
of the Confederation, and he desired the committee to meet this evening at 4½ o'clock, and added that on the main subject of the conference the interview was satisfactory.
An ordinance was then taken up prescribing the oath of allegiance for all officers of the Commonwealth
, now or hereafter to be appointed, and that the Court of Appeals or the Judge
of the Circuit Court, shall be empowered to declare such offices as refuse to take the prescribed caths as vacant, and empowering the Governor
of the State
to remove all such recusants from office who are engaged in the collection of the revenues of the State
, and appoint others in their stead.
The hour of two having arrived, a recess was taken till 5 o'clock.
[The Convention at its evening session, adjourned at too late an hour last night to permit us to lay the proceedings before our readers this morning.
They will be published tomorrow.]