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House of Delegates.

Monday. December 2, 1861.
The House was called to order by Mr. Willoughby Newton, of Westmoreland, and, on his motion, Mr. Wm. F. Gordon was elected Clerk without opposition.


Election of Speaker.

Mr. James Barsour, of Culpeper, nominated Mr.James L. Kemper, of Madison, for the office of Speaker; and, there being no other nomination, he was unanimously elected. General Kemper was conducted to the chair by Messrs. Barbous, of Culpeper, and Newton, of Westmoreland.

In his address, the Speaker gracefully acknowledged the honor of which he was the recipient, and of the responsibilities of which he was justly sensible. He paid a touching tribute to the memory of the last incumbent of the chair. Hon. O. M Crutchfield, now numbered with the dead; and, in conclusion, alluded to the peculiar circumstances under which the House was now assembled, in the midst of which the old Common wealth stood unterrified, determined to summon all her sons, if need be, and achieve her liberty and independence and an honorable peace, or perish with her sister States in the common struggle.


Election of Sergeant-at-arms.

The next business in order being the election of Sergeant-at-Arms, the following nominations were made:

By Mr. Anderson--George W. Wilson, of Botetourt county.

By Mr. Tomlin--Harris Burruss, of King William county.

By Mr. Blue--John Kern, of Hampshire county.

By Mr. Bardour--Daniel Ward, of Albemarle county.

The whole number of votes cast was 94, of which Harris Burruss received 60, and was declared elected.


Door Keepers.

Mr. Sheffey nominated Robert W. Burke, of Augusta, for First Door-Keeper, and he was unanimously elected.

Mr. Anderson nominated James W. Montagus. of Montgomery, for Second Door Keeper.

Mr. Evans nominated George D. Pack, of Henrico.

James W. Montague received a majority of the votes cast, and was declared elected Second Door-Keeper.


Rules of the House.

On motion of Mr.McCammant, it was resolved that the rules of the last House of Delegates be adopted for the government of this body.


Governor's Message.

On motion of Mr. Tomlin, a committee of three was appointed to wait upon the Governor of the Commonwealth, and inform him of the organization of the House, and its readiness to receive any communication he may have to make. Committee--Messrs. Tomlin, McCammant, and Hunter. At a subsequent period the Governor sent in his message, which was read by the Clerk, and the usual number were ordered to be printed.


Western Delegates.

On motion of Mr. Barbour, it was

Resolved. That a select committee be appointed to inquire who are entitled to the scents in this House to which certain persons were elected in May, who have since their election attempted to set up a separate Government within this Commonwealth.

The House then adjourned.

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