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Virginia Post-office affairs. --A new office is established at Mountain Falls, Frederick county, and David Cooper appointed postmaster; near the route from Winchester to Wardensville. The office at Fisher's Point, Jackson county, is re-established, and James D. Thomas appointed postmaster. Appointments.--Napoleon B. Richardson postmaster at Fife's, Goochland county, vice Jane Poor, deceased. Joseph F. Howard postmaster at Issequina, Goochland county, vice John P. Bradley, moved away. E. T. Ogg postmaster at Bells X Ronds, Louisa county, vice R. H. Ogg, resigned. William Dawson postmaster at Cypress Island, Alleghany county, vice J. A. Thomas, resigned. C. A. Kramer postmaster at Fort Martin, Monongalia county, vice Joseph Snyder, resigned. Edward Pritchard postmaster at Shirley, Tyler county, vice W. W. Clark, resigned.
ank and manly bearing of the "old Virginia gentleman, " he united a kindness of heart, and an urbanity of manner which rendered him ever accessible to his fellow-citizens. Possessing a well-balanced mind, talents of no mean order, a disposition to accommodate and oblige, and an integrity which was never questioned, it is no wonder that his constituents loved the man, and trusted in his judgment. During the course of his life he had served his country, both in State and National Halls of Legislation, with credit to himself, and once represented the nation at a foreign court. Judge Hopkins was a brother of Hon. Henry L. Hopkins, for many years Speaker of the House of Delegates, and a native, we believe, of the county of Goochland. He was about 60 years of age at the time of his death. A more extended notice must be left to abler hands. His remains, escorted by a committee of the House and Senate, were taken to his late home in Washington, via Danville Railroad, Saturday morning.
continuance in the Union under present circumstances would lead to their retirement, and this retiring process had much to do with the secession excitement. With regard to the Peace Conference, gentlemen had condemned it by resolutions before its action had been officially reported to this body. Such hot haste he considered disrespectful to the Commissioners. The proposition of the Peace Conference commended itself to him, and he believed it would to the people also. Mr. Leare, of Goochland, inquired if there was any question before the Convention. If not, the gentleman from Harrison was out of order. Mr. Carlile said if any gentleman objected to his going on, he would take his seat. Mr. Mallory, of Brunswick, (by leave,) offered the following, which was referred to the Committee on Federal Relations: Resolved, That the States of Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, Missouri, Maryland and Delaware, ought to meet in Convention, with a view to concerte
who proposed an amendment to the 8th section. Pending a discussion of this and other amendments, the bill was made the order of the day for to-morrow at 12 o'clock. Death of Judge Hopkins.--Mr. Crump said: Mr. Speaker, it is my painful duty to announce to this House the death of Judge Hopkins, of the county of Washington. I will not attempt a eulogy upon the character of the deceased, but merely to give a slight rehearsal of his historical record. Judge Hopkins was born in Goochland county, on the 22d day of February, 1805, and was, in consequence of his birth-day, named George Washington. At the early age of sixteen he was deprived of his parents, and cast upon the world to shape his own fortune. He removed to the far West, as Washington county was then considered, in 1820. He remained there until the year 1825, in which year he removed to Russell county, where he taught school. --Here he read law under Dale Carter. In 1833 he was elected to the House of Delegates.
slature to-day to put the State in an of defence, and he intended to offer a resolution instructing that body to appropriate money and devise a plan. He hoped the Convention would not commit itself to any half-way measures. Mr. Leake, of Goochland, asked what was the question before the Convention? The President replied that the resolution of the gentleman from Chesterfield was under consideration. Mr. Leake proposed to amend the resolution by striking out all after the word "Re anticipated, had come, it was the duty of the friends of the Union to stand firm. Mr. Branch, of Petersburg, approved the original resolution. It contained something practical, and was easy to understand; while that of the gentleman from Goochland was a volume of words, the application of which it was difficult to appreciate. He was opposed to hasty action. Mr. Early, of Franklin, reminded the Convention that only a telegraphic copy of the Inaugural had yet been received, and it wo
Mr. Smith is well known in Indiana. He has been in Congress, and was Commissioner to Mexican claims. Edward Bates, Attorney General. Edward Bates was born on the 4th of September, 1793, on the banks of James river, in the county of Goochland. Virginia, about 30 miles above Richmond. He was the seventh son and youngest child of a family of twelve children, all of whom lived to a mature age, Thomas Bates and Caroline M. Woodson. After the death of his parents he was educated by hSt. Louis, and follow the law, offering to see him safely through his course of study. He accepted the invitation, and was to have started in the spring of 1813, but an unlooked for event detained him for a year — Being in his native county of Goochland, a sudden call was made for volunteers to march for Norfolk, to repel an apprehended attack by the British fleet, and he joined a company in February, marched to Norfolk, and served to October of that year, as private, corporal, and sergeant su
tions. voice of the people. Mr. Campbell, of Washington, presented a series of secession resolutions, adopted by the people of the town of Goodson, in his county. He did not endorse the resolutions, but offered them to the Convention because he was requested to do so. They were then read, and, on motion of Mr. Campbell, laid upon the table. order of the day. The Convention proceeded to consider the amendment of the member from Amelia to the amendment of the member from Goochland, on the question of certain instructions to the Committee on Federal Relations. Mr. Brent, of Alexandria, being entitled to the floor, proceeded to address the Convention. After alluding to the present secession movement as a national suicide, and the greatness and power of the American Confederacy, he said the questions involved were Union or Disunion — peace or civil war. Secession had not been brought about by, any mere chance. The prosperity of the Union had continued uninterrup
Virginia State Convention.twenty-first day. Saturday, March 9, 1861. The Convention met at 12, and was called to order by Mr. Goggin, in the absence of the President. Prayer by the Rev. Dr. Hoge, of the Presbyterian Church. The Chairman stated the pending question to be on the amendment offered by the gentleman from Amelia to the amendment offered by the gentleman from Goochland, to the resolution of instructions offered on Tuesday last by the gentleman from Chesterfield; and on that question Mr. Ambler, of Louisa, was entitled to the floor. Partial report from the Committee on Federal Relations. Mr. Conrad, of Frederick, from the Committee on Federal Relations, asked and obtained leave to make a partial report. The Committee, he said, had under consideration a large number of resolutions, and had directed him to submit the following to the Convention. The suggested amendments to the Constitution therein referred to, would be reported upon at an early day:
gentleman, but that (among other considerations) he had been selected from among the many who had been exerting themselves in behalf of the country. That minor objection he could have well waived; but his chief objection was that it brought up in an indirect form the question upon the merits of Mr. Crittenden's proposition. He thought the Convention had matters of direct importance to attend to. Mr. Brown, of Preston, made some remarks in favor of the resolution. Mr. Leake, of Goochland, offered to amend the resolution by adding-- Resolved. That the Convention does not mean hereby to approve or disapprove the measures proposed by the Peace Congress. Mr. Jackson, of Wood, moved the previous question, with a view to cut off the amendment, but the President stating that it did not so apply, the motion was withdrawn. Mr. Wickham, of Henrico, opposed the amendment, on the ground that the resolution and not carry with it an endorsement of the Crittenden propositi
hat one thing should be done before he would consent to remain in the present position. Restore the glorious old Union as it was, if it could be done. Any proposition that did less than this, he would fight to the very death. He begged gentlemen to remember that there were now three Unions--one South, one North, and the old Union that was destroyed. Virginia was not now in the Union, for that was gone; and no proposition that did not restore it, would suit his views. Mr. Leake, of Goochland, followed, in a speech denunciatory of the Peace Conference propositions. In the course of his remarks he alluded to a resolution introduced early in the session, and now on the table, censuring Senators Mason and Hunter for their course in respect to the propositions. He hoped, since the evidence that had been adduced to-day that they were not acceptable to the Convention, that the mover would withdraw it, and introduce another, complimenting the Senators upon their action. He contende
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