The Southern Bank Convention.
Richmond, July 25, 1861.
The President having called the Convention
to order, additional Delegates presented themselves from South Carolina
, North Carolina
The Hon. C. G. Memminger
, having been invited to take a seat in the Convention
and participate in its deliberations, appeared and thanked it for the liberal manner in which the Banks had responded to the call of the Government
The following resolutions were referred to the Committee
By Mr. G. W. Mordecai
That the several Banks
represented in this Convention will receive in payment or on deposit, and pay out during the continuance of the present troubles, the notes of all the Banks in the Confederate States of America
, as may be designated by the following Banks
in the several States: Virginia
, North Carolina
, South Carolina
That the standing committee be instructed to inquire whether it is expedient to adopt any, and what, measures to provide for the engraving and printing of bank notes and the manufacture of bank paper within the limits of the Southern Confederacy.
By Mr. G. A. Trenholm
That the planters of cotton and other produce responding with great spirit and liberality to the calls of the Government
, and subscribing largely in produce to the proposed loan for the defence of the Confederate States
, it is hereby recommended to all the banks throughout the country to make to planters who have thus subscribed a portion of their cotton and other produce in aid of the Government
, such moderate advances on the remainder of their crops as their necessities may require, to be refunded when the produce shall be sold.
By Mr. James Caskie
That the several banks of the Confederate States
will receive and pay out the notes of each other, and also the Treasury notes that may be issued by the Confederate States
for circulation, of all denominations, from five to one hundred dollars; all balances between them, when required, to be settled in Treasury notes.
That each bank agreeing to an entering into this arrangement, be required to limit the circulation of its own notes, so that the amount shall not exceed its actual capital.
By Mr. J. Whiting
That, in accordance with the request of the Secretary of the Treasury
, the committee take into consideration, and to report to this Convention, the character of post notes which they deem it advisable for the Government
to issue, and the amount which may be safely put into circulation; and to inquire, further, as to the propriety of controlling, by advances on produce, the cotton crop and other produce not perishable, in case the blockade shall not be raised, and to submit a plan for the same in its principal bearings, that the sense of this Convention may be known to the Government
By Mr. W. T. Sutherlin
That, in the opinion of this Convention, the most effective and ready resources of the Confederate States
, in its present emergency, consists in the issue of Treasury notes, a large proportion of which, in the opinion of this Convention, should bear interest at the rate of not less than five per cent. per annum.
That any interference, on the part of this Convention, with the present regulations of receiving and paying out the paper circulation of the Confederate States
, other than the agreement to receive and pay out the Treasury notes of the Confederacy
, would be, at this time, unwise and inexpedient.
On motion, the President
appointed seven additional members to the Standing Committee
On motion, the Convention
adjourned to meet to-morrow at 10 A. M.