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The Convention. In the Convention, Saturday, personal explanations were made by Messrs. Hall of Wetzel, and Clemens, in the course of which some rather warm words ensued between the gentlemen. Mr. Montagur offered a resolution, which was adopted, requesting railroad companies to report to the Convention, as early as practicable, the number of negroes carried over their roads, on route for any Southern States, within the years 1855 and 1861, inclusive, Mr. Tredway, of Pittsylvania, called up his resolution, which was laid on the table on Wednesday last, for the appointment of a select committee to inquire and report as speedily as possible as to whether any movement of arms or men have been made by the General Government to any fort or arsenal in or bordering upon Virginia, in- dicating a preparation for attack or coercion. The resolution was discussed by Messrs. Bar- nour of Jefferson, Borst, Early, Tredway, Jackson, Carlile, Harvie, and Wickham; after which it was put to a vot
hair decided that the motion was in order, and Mr. Clemens appealed from that decision. Amidst much confusion, and a variety of motions, the yeas and nays were demanded, and the question was put — Shall the decision of the Chair stand? The vote resulted — yeas 9; nays 72. So the Chair's decision was overruled. Pending the call of the roll-- Mr. Early said the rules required every member to vote, unless excused. He believed the gentleman from Middlesex had not voted. Mr. Montagur said he was responsible to God and his constituents for his votes, and he did not feel ambitious of having his name recorded upon every petty question that arose. The proceedings were marked by considerable disorder — different members claiming the floor, and others raising points of order. At length Mr. Clemens got a hearing, and the yeas and nays were demanded upon the resolution, as amended by himself. The vote resulted — yeas 71, nays 5--no quorum voting. Mr. Jackson, of
veholding States would be favorable. Mr. Wise stated his objections to the amendment, a prominent one being the indefinite length of time proposed. Mr. Wickham continued his argument, declaring that unless the responses from the North were favorable, the Union should be broken up, not by secession, but by revolution. Mr. Montaous, of Middlesex, moved to amend the amendment by striking out the words "popular vote," and inserting "their proper authorities." Debated by Messrs. Montagur and Conrad, and rejected. Mr. Goode, of Bedford, moved to amend Mr. Wickham's amendment by adding thereto the words "And in the event that this Commonwealth fails to obtain affirmative responses to her requests, from the non-slaveholding States, she will feel compelled to resume the powers granted by her under the Constitution of the United States, and to throw herself upon her reserved rights." Mr. Goode advocated his amendment; if the purpose of the Convention was to pres
Evening Session. The Committee re-assembled at 4 o'clock P. M.--Mr. Montagur in the chair. The consideration of the 11th resolution was resumed. Mr. Baldwin moved to amend the resolution where it reads "Virginia therefore requests the people of the several States, either by popular vote or in Conventions similar to her own, to respond," &c., so as to make it read "Virginia therefore desires that the people of the several States be called upon to respond either by popular vote or in Conventions similar to her own." Agreed to — ayes 45, noes 32. Mr. Goode, of Bedford, moved to further amend the resolution by striking out the word "satisfactory," in the last sentence, and inserting the word "affirmative." Mr. Goode briefly but forcibly advocated his amendment, alluding to the warlike news just received from the South, as a reason why Virginia should assume a position admitting of no doubt. Mr. Johnson, of Richmond, opposed it, deeming the word "satisfactory" more app
subject of their making immediate arrangements to increase the product of salt to the utmost capacity of the property, and that they be instructed and authorized to enter into negotiations with the lessees for that purpose, subject to the approval of the General Assembly. The resolutions were adopted. President Pro Tem. On motion of Mr. Dickinson, of Prince Edward, Mr. Johnson, of Bedford, was elected to preside over the deliberations of the Senate during the absence of Lieut. Gov. Montagur. Mr. Johnson, being conducted to the chair, briefly thanked the Senate for the honor thus conferred. Resolutions of inquiry. By Mr. Neeson--Of reporting Senate bill No. 47, of the last session. By the same — Of amending the 13th section of chapter 42 of the Code, respecting sales of real estate under executions in favor of the Commonwealth. By Mr. Massie--Of refunding taxes on licenses to persons in the military service By Mr. Coghill--Of so amending the o
General Assembly of Virginia.Senate. Monday, Feb. 10, 1862. The Senate was called to order at twelve o'clock, by Lientenant Governor Montagur. Prayer by the Rev. Mr. Peterskin, of St. James's (Episcopal) Church. The House bill for connecting the Manassas Gap with the Winchester and Potomac Railroad was referred to the appropriate committee and ordered to be printed. Bills reported. Mr. Cogrill, from the Committee for Courts of Justice, reported the following bills: To authorize the Courts and Common Concils or Trustees of counties, cities, and towns to provide for the widows and minor children of deceased or disabled soldiers; to authorize the use of the jails and poor-houses of the State, by the Confederate States, for the safe-keeping of free negroes arrested by military authority. The same committee reported adversely to the resolution to amend the 5th section of chapter 184 of the Code. Mr. Robertson, by leave, presented a bill amending the 8th sec
session of the House. Mr. Blue offered a resolution that, with the concurrence of the Senate, the House will proceed, on Thursday, the 20th inst., to the election of a Secretary of the Commonwealth, a Treasurer, an Auditor of Public Accounts, a Second Auditor, a Register of the Land Office, a Public Printer, a Superintendent of the Penitentiary, and a General Agent and Stoorkeeper of the Penitentiary. On motion of Mr. Bass, the resolution was laid on the table. On motion of Mr. Montagur, the committee to investigate the alleged frauds in the Penitentiary were empowered to send for persons and papers. Mr. Tomdin offered a resolution that the Governor be requested to ask the President of the Confederate States to discharge any part of the Virginia militia not now absolutely required by the public service. Mr. Forbes offered a substitute to the resolution, in which the language was somewhat "softened," which was adopted. On motion of Mr. Lockride, the bill pr