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Morning session.

Thursday, Dec. 5, 1861.

The Convention was opened with prayer by the Rev. Burwell Spurlock, delegate from Wayne county.

Mr. Gro W. Randolph submitted an ordinance authorizing the branch banks at Pearisburg and Jeffersonville to issue small notes. Read three times, and passed.


The amended Constitution.

The Convention proceeded to the consideration of the order of the day — the Bill of Rights and Constitution, as amended and revised by the committee.

The Bill of Rights had been amended so far as to restore some of the original features of the "George Mason" Constitution, which were adopted without further alteration.

The Constitution was then voted upon by articles.

Mr. Garnett moved to reconsider the vote by which the 19th section was adopted, with a view to substitute a provision that no slave shall be emancipated after the adoption of this Constitution. Lost — ayes 34, noes 48.

Several amendments were proposed and rejected.

Pending an amendment offered by Mr. Stuart, the Convention took a recess until 4 o'clock, P. M.


Evening session.

The Convention, on reassembling, adopted an amendment offered by Mr. Stuart, in the 2d section of article 5, substituting "one hundred" for "three hundred."

On motion of Mr. G. W. Randolph, the 4th section of article 6, relating to Circuit Courts, was amended by adding, "and with the concurrence of a majority of the members elected to each House, provision may be made for more than one Judge in a city"

On motion of Mr. Young, the 17th section of article 5, relating to coroners, constables, &c., was amended by adding, "and the terms of their office shall be prescribed by law."

On motion of Mr. G. W. Randolph, the 6th article was further amended by providing that sheriffs, if they act as officers for the corporation courts, shall be home-made by the said courts, other wise they shall be nominated by the circuit courts of the cities and towns, and in either case shall be commissioned by the Governor.

Some other unimportant amendments were adopted, when,

On motion, it was ordered that the Constitution be enrolled, signed by the President, and attested by the Secretary.

The Constitution, as amended, was adopted by a vote of 71 to 9.

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