alled up his substitute for the same, providing for a convention independent of the Legislature and fresh from the people, separate polls to be opened for the election of the same on the next day of election — the fourth Thursday in March.
Mr. Deane called for the reading of the minority report of the committee, and it was read, as also was the substitute for the original bill.
Mr. Staples made some pungent and forceable remarks in support of the substitute as originally reported.
Mr. Shacklefords opposed the whole Convention business; but he desired to bring the House to a test vote.
He moved the indefinite postponement of the whole subject.
Mr. Deane, one of the committee who made the minority report upon the inexpediency of a Convention, was heard in defence of that report.
He apprehended that if Virginia called a Convention her example would be followed by three or four of the Confederate States, and by the time the delegates could be elected and called
county, appropriating one thousand dollars.
Bill to pay Captain James T. Smith for his services as a partisan ranger.
The House refused to take up and consider the bill appropriating sixty-five thousand dollars for the purchase of the life-size portrait of General R. E. Lee, painted by Mr. Bruce, and tendered to the State.
Mr. Ward, of Frederick, asked the suspension of the rules in order that the bill might be taken up and considered, but the House refused to suspend.
Mr. Deane, of Campbell, rose to a personal explanation, holding in his hand a copy of the Richmond Dispatch of date this day, from which he read.
In his remarks on Friday night, on the convention bill, he was represented as saying that Virginia, like a "shooting star," was about to leave the Southern Confederacy and re-appear among the disturbed Northern constellation.
He said no such thing.
He generally dealt in plain speech when he said anything at all, and the language attributed to him wa