General assembly of Virginia.
Thursday, March 21, 1861.
The Senate was called to order at the usual hour, Lieut. Gov. Montague
in the Chair.
A communication from the House of Delegates was read, announcing the passage of sundry bills.
Also, a joint resolution providing for an adjournment on Monday, April 1st, sine die.
moved to concur in the resolution.
, of Fairfax
, moved to lay it on the table.
The Senate had sent a resolution to the House
, stating that the Senate would be ready to adjourn on the 20th inst., which they did not act upon until the time had passed.
And while he did not pretend to say he would not agree to the resolution, he was in favor of reciprocity of action.
The Senate refused to lay on the table.
moved to amend by inserting Thursday, the 28th inst., in place of Monday, the 1st of April.
The resolution was then concurred in.
--To incorporate the Cabell county Petroleum Company; authorizing the Governor
to pardon slave--, and restore him to his owner; to suspend the levying of taxes by the State
on the Wheeling and Belmont Bridge Company for six years; to incorporate the Marshall county Oil and Mining Company.
Resolutions of Inquiry Adopted.
--By Mr. McKenney
, of reporting a bill to prevent vessels, &c., from being moored to buoys, beacons, or other floating guides, placed in the navigable waters of this State by the United States Light-House Board; by Mr. Johnson
, of incorporating the Rocky Point Lime and Marble Company, in the county of Botetourt
bill amending the charter of the town of Charleston
, in the county of Kanawha
bill to amend the 2nd; 3rd and 6th sections of an act passed February 28th, 1856, providing for working the roads of Loudoun
bill amending the charter of the Brown's Gap Turnpike Company; House
bill authorizing the Board of Public Works to appoint Commissioners to estimate and report upon losses sustained by John Conaway
, in the construction of the Fairmont and Wheeling Turnpike Road
; Senate bill to distribute Mayo
's Guide to Coroners, with an amendment from the House
; Senate bill transferring the Cacapon and North Branch Turnpike
to the County Court of Hampshire county.
bill re-arranging the Militia Divisions
and Brigades of the State
was reported, and referred to the Military Committee, with instructions to report thereon to-morrow morning.
--The consideration of the bill imposing taxes for the support of Government was then resumed.
The question being on the independent section proposed by Mr. Brannon
on Wednesday, he proposed a substitute, which contains the substance of the section published yesterday, but more carefully prepared.
supported the proposition with much force.
proposed to amend — ayes 8, nays 9.
then moved a call of the Senate.
A number of Senators
coming in, the call was withdrawn.
The vote was then again put — ayes 11, nays 16.
moved to amend by relieving acts passed during the present session from the proposed tax. Ayes and nays demanded — ayes 12, nays 19.
then moved an amendment having the same object in view.
Ayes and noes again demanded — ayes 9, noes 21.
moved to adjourn.
Ayes and noos demanded — ayes 9, noes 21.
moved to amend by striking out the words "or have the force and effect of law," so as to provide that the acts should not be published until the tax is paid.
On motion of Mr. Coghill
, it was further amended by providing that no copy thereof should be furnished until the tax is paid.--Adopted.
The amendment was then reported by sections.
moved to amend the first, in regard to Banks
, so as to provide that re-charters, passed at the present session, should be exempt.
He then proposed to withdraw the whole amendment, inasmuch as the adoption of the amendment of the Senator
,) had defeated its whole object.
Objected to by Mr. Newlon
and Mr. Coghill
On motion of Mr. Carson
, the Senate adjourned.