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State Convention.

Monday. Dec. 2, 1861.
The Convention was opened with prayer by the Rev. Mr. Spurlock, delegate from the county of Wayne.


On motion of Mr. Staples,the Convention resolved to take a recess daily, from half-past 11 o'clock A. M., to 7 o'clock P. M.

The militia.

On motion of Mr. G. W. Randolph, it was

Resolved. That the ordinance reorganizing the militia be communicated to the Governor and that he be respectfully requested to cause the enrollment and organization therein provided, to be proceeded with as speedily as possible, and that he shall inform the President of the Confederate States of such organization, and tender to him the services of such portion of the militia as may be needed.

Officers of corporations.

The Convention resumed the consideration of the proposed amended Constitution, the pending question being on the adoption of the independent section offered by Mr. G. W. Randolph on Saturday. It was amended and adopted, as follows:

‘ "18. The General Assembly may vest such jurisdiction as shall be deemed proper in corporation courts and in the magistrates who shall belong to the corporate body. The Mayor, or other chief magistrate, the aldermen in cities and towns having Hustings Courts, and members of the Council or other legislative body of cities and incorporated towns, shall be elected by the qualified voters thereof. Attorneys for the Commonwealth. Clerks, Sergeants, and Constables, shall be appointed by the corporation courts. All other officers shall be elected by the Council or legislative body."

The hour for recess having arrived, the President vacated the chair, and the farther consideration of the Constitution was postponed to 7 o'clock P. M.

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