Doc. 118. Conference at Russellville, Ky.
Russellville, Ky., Oct. 29, 1861.In accordance with a notice previously given, a number of gentlemen from several counties in the State assembled in Odd Fellows' Hall, in the city of Russellville, on Tuesday, October 29, 1861, for the purpose of conferring together in reference to the situation of the country, and the steps to be taken to better preserve domestic tranquillity and protect the rights of person and property in the State of Kentucky. On motion of Colonel George W. Johnson, of Scott County, Hon. H. C. Burnett, of Trigg County, was chosen temporary chairman of the Conference. On motion of Colonel Blanton Duncan, of the city of Louisville, R. McKee, of the city of Louisville, was chosen temporary secretary of the Conference. On motion of J. C. Gilbert, of Marshall County, T. S. Bryan, of Christian County, was chosen temporary assistant secretary of the Convention. On motion of Colonel John D. Morris, of Christian County, the counties were called, and the following gentlemen answered to their names:--Caldwell--Dr. W. N. Gaither. Calloway — E. Owen, D. Matthewson. Christian--J. D. Morris, T. S. Bryan. Graves — A. R. Boone. Grayson — J. J. Cunningham. Hardin — H. E. Read, G. W. Maxson. Henry — B. W. Jenkins. Hopkins — L. M. Lowe, C. S. Greene. Jefferson — John Jones. Larue — J. S. Churchill. Logan — R. Browder, G. T. Edwards, W. M. Clark. City of Louisville — J. D. Pope, B. H. Hornsby, J. G. Gorsuch, W. Johnston, E. D. Ricketts, Blanton Duncan, Henry Gray, H. W. Bruce, R. McKee. Marshall — I. C. Gilbert. Marion — G. S. Miller. Meade — J. P. Walton, J. S. Taylor. Mercer — Philip B. Thompson. Muhlenburg — H. D. Lothrop, R. S. Russell. Nelson — J. D. Elliott, J. C. Wickliffe. Oldham--Mr. Miller, J. R. Gathright. Ohio--Dr. W. G. Mitchell, F. W. Forman. Scott — G. W. Johnson. Shelby--Colonel Jack Allen, J. F. Davis. Spencer — T. L. Burnett. Todd — James A. Russell, W. B. Harrison. Trigg — Mat. McKinney, H. C. Burnett. Washington — Pat. Symmes. Lyon — W. B. Machen, R. L. Cobb. McCracken — W. Bullitt. McLean--Rev. Joseph Gregory, J. S. Morton. Garrard — J. P. Burnside, G. R. Davis. On motion of Mr. J. C. Gilbert, the rules of the House of Representatives at Frankfort, as far as applicable to its proceedings, were adopted by the Conference. On motion of Colonel Blanton Duncan, a doorkeeper was appointed. Mr. W. M. Clark, of Logan County, was elected doorkeeper. On motion of Colonel Blanton Duncan, the Conference proceeded to the election of permanent officers, and the following gentlemen were unanimously chosen: For Chairman, Hon. H. C. Burnett, of Trigg County. For Secretary, R. McKee, of the city of Louisville. For Assistant Secretary, T. S. Bryan, of Christian County. For Doorkeeper, W. M. Clark, of Logan County. On motion it was Resolved, That the proceedings of the Conference should be private and confidential until ordered to be made public by a majority thereof, and that all participating in its proceedings, or present at its deliberations, should be held pledged to secrecy in reference thereto. J. C. Wickliffe, of Nelson County, moved that the Conference adjourn to meet again to-morrow morning, at ten o'clock. Ayes twenty-three, nays twenty-two, and the Conference accordingly adjourned.
Wednesday, Oct. 30, 1861.The Conference met pursuant to adjournment. The journal of yesterday was read and approved. The following gentlemen appeared and took seats in the Conference, viz.: From Carroll County, H. L. Giltner; from Anderson County, J. H. D. McKee; from Muhlenburg County, W. U. Wand; from Woodford County, Sandford Lyne; from Monroe County, Z. McDaniel; from Christian County, Henry Young; from Campbell County, George B. Hodge; from Jefferson County, J. B. Bell. Colonel G. W. Johnson, of Scott County, presented a series of resolutions for the consideration of the Conference. R. McKee, of the city of Louisville, offered a substitute for the resolutions presented by Mr. Johnson. H. W. Bruce, of the city of Louisville, offered an amendment to the original resolutions. George B. Hodge, of Campbell County, offered an amendment to the substitute. The various propositions before the Conference were discussed at much length, when Mr. Bruce moved to refer all the resolutions before the Conference to a select committee of seven, of whom G. W. Johnson should be chairman, with instructions to report at three o'clock P. M. Carried. The committee was appointed by the Chairman, as follows:--George W. Johnson, H. W. Bruce, P. B. Thompson, B. Duncan, T. L. Burnett, and George B. Hodge. The chairman, H. C. Burnett, was added to the committee by a vote of the Conference. And then the Conference took a recess until three o'clock P. M.