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Virginia State Convention. Wednesday, February 13, 1861. The delegates elect to the State Convention assembled in the hall of the House of Delegates at 12 o'clock M. The outside pressure was very great, and it was with some difficulty that the crowd could be kept from filling up the hall. The galleries were densely thronged, the eastern one being entirely occupied by ladies. Temporary organization. The assembly was called to order by Mr. Robert E. Scott, of Fauquier, who suggested that the Convention appoint a temporary Chairman, and on his motion, Mr. James H. Cox, of Chesterfield, was unanimously chosen. Messrs. Patrick and Summers, of Kanawha, conducted Mr. Cox to the Chair. The Chairman returned his profound acknowledgments for the honor, and reminded the Convention that they held in their hands the destinies of this great nation — upon their action, he believed, depended the salvation of the Republic. On motion of Mr. Scott, of Fauquier, Mr. Wm.
Senate.Wednesday, Feb. 13, 1861. Called to order at 12 o'clock--Mr. Isbell in the Chair. Prayer by the Rev. Mr. Saul. A communication from the House was read, announcing the passage of sundry bills. Bills Reported.--Incorporating the Mount Vernon Insurance Company; to incorporate the Baltimore and Fredericksburg Steamboat Company. Resolution of Inquiry.--The following resolution of Inquiry was adopted: By Mr. Paxton, of incorporating the Rockbridge White Sulphur Springs Company. Bills Passed.--Senate bill for the protection of the fisheries in the waters of the Potomac and Chesapeake Bay; House bill authorizing the trustees of the First Presbyterian Church, in the city of Portsmouth, to execute a deed of trust on said property; House bill for the encouragement of certain volunteer military companies in the city of Wheeling; Senate bill transferring the Huttonsville and Huntersville Road to the counties through which it passes; Senate bill refunding $79.07
House of Delegates.Wednesday, Feb. 13, 1861. The House was called to order at 11 o'clock by Speaker Critchfield. Prayer by Rev. H. S. Kepler, of the Episcopal Church. A communication was received from the Senate announcing the passage of a number of bills, some of which were read and referred to committees, and others passed to their engrossment. York River Railroad.--Senate bill amending the charter of the Richmond and York River Railroad Company, was read the first and second times, and, on the motion of Mr. Tomlin, the rules were suspended, and the bill was ordered to be read the third time. Mr. Tomlin explained the amendment, and advocated the passage of the bill. The bill was passed unanimously. Commissioners from Seceding States.--The House proceeded to the consideration of a local bill, which was variously discussed by different members, when the Speaker arose and stated that Commissioners from Georgia, Alabama, and other seceding States, were presen