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he course indicated by your directions. The counties north of this have displayed a disloyalty as bad as any of those in Northwestern Virginia, and throughout the district there have been signs of the same spirit. I hear through the sheriff of this county that 900 Virginians have been sworn into the service of the enemy at Pikeville since the proclamation of the Governor of Virginia. One of my captains (Ratliff), who is now here for guns, informs me that two-thirds of Buchanan and McDowell Counties are against us. I think the same proportion will obtain in one-half of the county of Wise. The desertions from Lee, Scott, and Russell have been very numerous; for my scouts inform me of the continual passage of men from Virginia into Kentucky. I requested martial law to be pro-claimed over this district, and at all events over the counties of Lee, Wise, McDowell, Buchanan, and Wyoming, and I thought it might as well embrace all the rest. I am unable to conjecture why martial law wa
Post-Office affairs --Appointment's in Virginia.--William P. Jones postmaster at Northwest River Bridge, Norfolk county, Va., vice Thomas C. Holt, resigned. Simon H. Bach, postmaster at Roaring Run, Botetourt county vice James J. Painter, resigned. Jacob A. Lantz, postmaster at Mole Hill, Ritchie county, Va., vice Rachel Reed, resigned. Francis R. Elliott, postmaster at Wayland, Scott county, Va., vice C. C. Elliott, resigned. Mary E. McNeil, postmaster at Perryville, McDowell county, Va., vice William R. Lee, resigned.--John F. Martin, postmaster at Irisburg, Henry county, Va., vice James Semple, resigned.
The election. The counties received officially at the Capital, Saturday, were-- Bell.Bryck.Dove. In 144 counties74,04973,32716,221 Buchanan141419 Gilmer11724860 Clay1193500 74,29973,76116,300 73,764 Bell's majority638 The only counties to hear from are, Wyoming, which is unofficially reported to have given Bell 35; King and Queen, which has given Bell 35; King and Queen, which has given Breckinridge 256; and Webster. Bell's clear majority, official and reported, is 315. McDowell county returns have been sent back by the Governor for correction.
Mr. Miller, of S., of refunding to David Kipps taxes erroneously paid; by Mr. Duckwall, of so changing the present law prescribing punishment for petit larceny, as to authorize Courts and juries to sentence such convicts to labor on the public works; by Mr. Haymond, of providing by law that writs shall hereafter be made returnable to quarterly Courts, instead of monthly rules. Petitions.--The following petitions were presented and referred; By Mr. Baily, the petition of citizens of McDowell county in relation to the removal of the Court-House of said county; by Mr. Bessel, the petition of citizens of Upshur county, asking to have refunded certain sums of money by them erroneously paid; also, by same, petition of citizens of the same county, asking the passage of a stay law; by Mr. Alderson, for the formation of a new county out of parts of Greenbrier, Fayette and Nicholas; by Mr. Harrison, of citizens of Rockingham county, for the relief of John Robinson. The Covington and O
tofore performed by them; authorizing railroads to appoint police agents; to distribute Mayo's Guide to Coroners; amending the Potomac River Pilot Laws. From the Committee on Agriculture and Manufactures Senate bills were reported as follows: Incorporating the Industrial Society of Wood county; refunding to M. G. Booth a sum of money paid by him as surety for S. S. Turner, late Sheriff of Franklin county; providing for the location of the Court-House, Jail, and other public building of McDowell county. Bills Referred.--Senate bills for the relief of Joseph W. Harper, (refunding a merchant's license tax paid in Brunswick;) and refunding to Geo. Harriston, Jr., a sum of money improperly paid into the Treasury, were referred to the Committee on Finance. Covington and Ohio Railroad.--The House bill concerning the Covington and Ohio Railroad, laid on the table some days since, upon a reconsideration, was taken up, by a suspension of the rule, on motion of Mr. Collier, of Petersb
The Daily Dispatch: March 19, 1861., [Electronic resource], Negroes Seeking protection from Slemmer. (search)
Cheap land. --There are some 45.000 acres of land on the books of the Commissioner of the Revenue of McDowell county, assessed at five cents per acre. It belongs to a resident of Philadelphia. Some of the lands in the Western part of the State are priced at a very low figure — they are mostly, if not entirely, sterile and barren wastes — mountains or rocky declivities not fit for grazing or any other purpose. They grow granite of the hardest sort with surprising facility. The Commissioners are bound to put them down at something, so they go on the books at the nominal valuation of five cents per acr
Washington appointments. --Benjamin F. Wilkins, of Portsmouth, Va., has been appointed to a $1,200 clerkship at Washington, in place of Thomas Marron, resigned. John M. H. Kelly has been appointed postmaster at Braxton C. H. Va., vice A. C. Kincaid, declined. John C. Harrison, postmaster at Perrysville, McDowell county, Va., vice Mary E. McNeil, declined. Thomas M. Wilson, postmaster at Rockbridge Baths, Rockbridge county, Va., vice J. H. Wilson, resigned. B. C. Morris, postmaster at Dupree's Old Store, Charlotte county, Va., vice T. J. Morris, resigned.
nounce the committees this day. A communication from the Virginia Convention was presented giving information of the passage of an ordinance by that body, empowering the Senate and House to elect members from counties and districts where the inhabitants are denied the privilege of an election by reason of the presence of the enemy. On motion of Mr. Wilson, received, laid on the table, and ordered to be printed. Petition. Mr. George presented a petition from citizens of McDowell county, praying for the better defining of the boundaries of said county, which was formed out of parts of the counties of Tazewell and Wyoming. Referred. Passage of the bill Relative to Negro convicts. The House then passed the bill presented by Mr.Anderson, providing for the hiring of negro convicts to the manufacturers of iron, when engaged in casting war material for the Confederacy and State. The bill was sent to the Senate. Resolutions of inquiry. The following resolu
t. His brigade has been fighting hard ever since it entered the field, and has done more hard service, fought more battles, got into more hard places and get out of them than any other brigade in the field. Another "Union" Outsies. The Tazewell Democrat learns that Mr. Jasday, residing on Dismal, Buchanan county, Va., was murdered on Tuesday last by a band of marauders styling themselves Union men. The horse of the deceased was also captured by them, and one from Mr. Freeman, of McDowell county. Hampton Roads. The Norfolk Day Book, of yesterday, has the following information: A very large fleet collected in the Roads on Monday last, consisting mostly of schooners, but containing also a number of brigs and sloops. There were eighty merchantmen alone in the fleet. Some forty-two of the vessels left during Tuesday and yesterday, but as there is every indication of a "nor caster" at present, we presume they will return again, together with many others. Fed