State Convention.The Convention proceeded to business yesterday with open doors. After the usual preliminary proceedings, Mr. Branch, of Petersburg, offered a resolution directing the Committee on Military Affairs to inquire into the sapediency of providing by ordinance that the commissions of the field officers appointed in pursuance of the ordinance of April--, 1861, shall expire whenever the regiments to which they are assigned shall be disbanded by the expiration of the terms of service of the companies composing their commands. Adopted. The President was directed to fill vacancies occurring in the Committee on Military Affairs. A communication was received from the Executive, as follows:
Gentlemen of the Convention:
J. E. B. Stuart, S. H. Reynolds,
John B. Baldwin, Wm.D. Stuart,
Beverly H. Robertson, Wm. R. Terry.
John McCausland, Lewis A. Armistead,
Francis H. Smith, Edmund Goode,
Robert C. Trigz, Wm. E. Jones,
Wm. H. Harman, John Echois,
Geo. W. Randolph, H. B. Tomlin.
Charles W. Field, Armistead T. M. Rust.
The Convention then resolved itself into secret session for the purpose of considering a communication from the Executive on the military defences of the State. After the doors were re-opened, Mr. Randolph, of Richmond, made a report on the re-organization of the militia, which was laid on the table and ordered to be printed. The Convention proceeded to elect a member of the Provisional Congress, to supply the vacancy occasioned by the resignation of James M. Mason, and A. R. Boteler was unanimously elected. Mr. Haymond moved to recommit the report on constitutional amendments, which was opposed by Messrs. Kilby and Stuart, on the sensible ground that nothing should be done tending to prevent a speedy termination of the session, and negatived by a large majority. The amended Constitution was then taken up, and considerable debate ensued upon the third Article, defining the qualifications of voters, out no final disposition was made of it. A resolution was adopted, assigning seats in the Convention to certain persons lately elected to all vacancies occurring in consequence of the Western Virginia treason. After passing resolutions of respect to the memory of John N. Hughes, Esq., a member of the body who lost his life at Rich Mountain, the Convention adjourned.