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nst him, both in public and private. The effect of this was apparent in the faces and breasts of those around him, and in the sentiments of the sovereign people of this section. He would put the heel of inexpressible contempt on every insinuation, come from whence it might, that he was wanting in loyalty to the Commonwealth. He reviewed his Congressional record, and alluded to his speech which had been extensively circulated. Let any gentleman who denounced that — as the gentleman from Middlesex did, and then acknowledge that he had never read it — as an incendiary document, peruse it, and say if it will not satisfy the most extreme secessionist. To the gentleman from Wetzel he could afford to be magnanimous. When he declared that he (Mr. Clemens) stood on a platform dictated by the editor of the Wheeling Intelligencer he said that which he would not presume to say was prompted by malice, but would assume that it was said through ignorance; he said that which showed a most miser
s of engineers, has been appointed superintendent of the West Point Military Academy. Mrs F. A. Tradewell was burned to death in Columbia, S. C., Monday night, by her dress taking fire. Donations of $2,600 have been sent to the South Carolina Government, of which $500 was contributed by a lady. The U. S. store bark Release, Lieut. Cowdy, and J. M. Frailey, arrived at New York, Wednesday, in 39 days from Gibraltar. Among the graduates at Georgetown College, D. C., are Chas. Allen, of Va., and W. H. Gardner, of North Carolina. There occurred in London, during 1860, 1,241 fires, 116 firings of chimneys, and 69 false alarms of fire. Helper, the "Impending Crisis" man, had an audience of twenty-three to hear him lecture at Dayton, Ohio, Monday night. Sunday travel has commenced on all the Middlesex, Mass., horse-railways. Mrs. Senator Douglas paid her respects to Mrs. Lincoln on Monday. President Lincoln dined with Henry Winter Davis on Monday.
ffect would be to protract the session interminably, while he doubted not that there was enough newspaper enterprise in Richmond to print all that was necessary to be printed without burdening the State with the expense. Mr. Fisher, of Northampton, opposed the resolution, and moved that it be laid upon the table. On this motion the yeas and nays were called, and resulted — yeas 30, nays 62. So the Convention refused to lay the resolution upon the table. Mr. Montague, of Middlesex, opposed the resolution. Mr. Branch, of Petersburg, and Mr. Early, of Franklin, advocated it, after which the vote was taken and the resolution passed. Contested election. Mr. Haymond, of Marion, by leave, presented some papers relative to the contested election in Lee county, which, on his motion, were referred to the Committee on Elections. Unfinished business. The Convention then proceeded to the consideration of the resolutions offered some days ago by Mr. Moore, of
nment to corrupt Virginia. This was an argument that he would not dare to use before his people, and would only say in reply that if Virginia was of such easy virtue as to be corrupted by a little Federal pap, her honor was not worth preserving. The speaker adverted briefly to the John Brown raid, in regard to which the dignity of the State had been vindicated. If the State seceded, her border would be constantly exposed to such raids. In reply to the position of the gentleman from Middlesex, who had read from Washington's Farewell Address to show that the experiment of Government had failed, he alluded to the vastness of the American empire, and thought if we were true to ourselves we were but on the threshold of our greatness. He then proceeded to allude to the evils to result from secession. The country would not only be divided into a Northern and a Southern Confederacy, but in course of time it would be divided into petty Confederacies, and then would come constant
til next fall. Referred to the Committee on Federal Relations. Mr. Barbour, of Culpeper, presented resolutions adopted by the people of that county, repudiating the Peace Conference propositions and instructing him to vote for an Ordinance of Secession. Mr. Barbour said he recognized the right of instruction, and was prepared to obey. The resolutions were, on motion of Mr. Barbour, laid on the table and ordered to be printed. Resolution of Inquiry. Mr. Montague, of Middlesex, offered the following resolution, which was adopted: Resolved, That the Clerk of this Convention inquire into, and report why the speeches of the Commissioners from South Carolina, Georgia, and Mississippi have not been printed, as ordered by the Convention. Committee of the Whole. The hour of 11 having arrived, the Convention went into Committee of the Whole, (Mr. Southall, of Albemarle, in the chair,) and proceeded to consider the reports from the Committee on Federal Rela
ce moved an adjournment. The Chair 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 quo
and, within the just limits of the Constitution, to protect with equal care the great interests that spring from the institutions of each. Mr. Montague, of Middlesex, moved to amend by inserting in the fourth line, after the word "were," the words"and still are," so that it would read"were, and still are, independent sovereiging their doctrine of consolidation, the people would repudiate it. Mr. Carlile, of Harrison, took the floor, and called the attention of the gentleman from Middlesex to the language of the Declaration of Independence; he thought if the doctrines advocated by the gentleman were true, the authors of that instrument did not unde Madison's opinions as bearing upon the present issue,) and advocated the amendment. Mr. Slaughter, of Campbell, thought the amendment of the gentleman from Middlesex was out of place, though he agreed with him in many of his positions. The amendment which he preferred would be to insert "and did not part with their sovereign
rived the grantor of nothing. Mr. Wise continued to discuss the subject in a general way, for some time, urging his views with much force. Mr. Moore, of Rockbridge, asked the Chair if the rule excluding gentlemen from speaking more than twice on any question applied to the Committee of the Whole? The Chairman answered negatively. Mr. Moore said it was a pity it did not. Mr. Seawell, of Gloucester, offered an amendment to the amendment offered by the gentleman from Middlesex, namely, to insert in the fifth line, after the word "sovereignties," the words, "and still are sovereign," leaving the resolution in other respects as reported from the committee. Mr. Montague accepted the amendment. Mr. Seawell then briefly urged it upon the favorable consideration of the Committee.--He had offered it very much in consequence of expressions in this hall, touching the phraseology of the resolution itself. His amendment obviated all objections urged in that resp
labor10,040 Highland3,8008,499 King & Queen3,80117,997 Difference,&c., &c9,498 Giles6,0519,485 Buckingham6,04125,889 Difference, &c.,&c15,884 Ritchie6,8098,837 Mecklenburg6,77758,751 Difference,&c.,&c27,914 Raleigh3,2913,987 Sussex3,11814,075 Difference, &c., &c 10,088 Tyler6,4887.213 Nelson6,65621,197 Difference, &c 14,954 Wise4,4163,582 Prince Edward4,03325,685 Difference, &c.,&c22,113 Pleasants2,9234,618 Nottoway2,27018,621 Difference, &c.,&c14,603 Webster1,552537 Middlesex1,8668,700 Difference, &c., &c 8,163 Tucker1,3962,267 Warwick, (half as many.)3,677 Could there be a more striking illustration of the productive power of slave labor than the foregoing figures afford? Could there be more conclusive proof of their value to the State, and to every interest in the State? The taxes it pays are but the index of the property it has earned for the taxation to be levied upon. The taxes it pays are but a general fund annually contributed to the Treasury
The subject was then passed by. Committee of the whole. The Convention went into Committee of the Whole (Mr. Southall in the chair,) for the purpose of considering the report of the Committee on Federal Relations--Mr. Montague, of Middlesex, being entitled to the floor. Mr. Fisher, of Northampton, asked the gentleman from Middlesex to give way for a moment, to enable him to correct the report of his speech in the official organ of the Convention, the Richmond Enquirer. This Middlesex to give way for a moment, to enable him to correct the report of his speech in the official organ of the Convention, the Richmond Enquirer. This having been done-- The Chairman requested the Secretary to read the 25th rule, prohibiting persons from walking about while a member was speaking. Mr. Montague resumed his remarks, and proceeded to argue in favor of the right of secession. The doctrine had been sneered at by gentlemen on this floor as ridiculous and absurd, and those who advocated it had been denounced as traitors. In his own remarks he intended to be courteous and respectful to all. He believed the day was not far
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