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House of Delegates. Monday, March 11th, 1861. The House was called to order at 11 o'clock, by Mr. Tomlin, and opened with prayer by Mr. Petherbridge. A communication from the Senate announced the passage of a number of bills, which the House concurred in. Bills were reported granting rights of way to Mining and Manufacturing companies in this Commonwealth; authorizing a certain estate to be paid over to the School Commissioners of the county of Culpeper; amending the 2d section of an act passed April 2d, 1858, entitled an act to "provide for the payment of the purchase money of the Berryville and Charlestown Turnpike by the Board of Public Works." A communication was read from the Secretary of State, in pursuance of a resolution adopted by the House, on Saturday last, in regard to the contracts made by him, on behalf of the State, with Wm. F. Ritchie, State Printer. The bill imposing taxes for the support of Government was passed. Ayes 78, noes 1. T
House of delegates. Tuesday, March 12th, 1861. The House was called to order at 11 o'clock, by Mr. Tomlin, of King William. The passage of a number of bills by the Senate was communicated from that body.-- The House agreed to Senate amendments to bill establishing branches of the Merchants' Banks at certain places. Senate Bills Passed.--Senate bills were passed as follows: Enforcing the payment of balances due from Commissioners upon forfeited and delinquent lands; incorporating the Rockbridge White Sulphur Springs Company; amending the act incorporating the Mason City Mining and Manufacturing Company, in Mason county; providing for the voluntary enslavement of certain free negroes of Fauquier county; incorporating the Virginia Mineral Oil and Coal Company, in Mason county; incorporating the Jackson County Agricultural Society; providing for the voluntary enslavement of certain free negroes in Hanover county. Turnpike Companies.--The bill amending that p
Calling a New Convention.--On motion of Mr. Jones, of Appomattox. Resolved, That the Committee on Elections be instructed to inquire into the expediency of taking the sense of the voters of the Commonwealth, in respect to the propriety of calling another Sovereign Convention, and of abolishing and superseding the present Convention. The ayes and noes were called for on its adoption and resulted: Ayes.--Messrs. Ballard, Crawford H. Jones, Kemper, Ligon, McCamant, McDowell, Tomlin, and Witten.--8. Noes.--75. Indefinitely Postponed.--The House proceeded to the consideration of Senate bill incorporating the Queen's Point Division, No. 28, of the Sons of Temperance, in the county of Hampshire. Mr. Gibson moved that the bill be read the third time. Pending the consideration of which Mr. Duckwall moved the indefinite postponement of the bill, (in order to allow him to speak thereon,) and the question being on agreeing thereto, Mr. Cowan demanded the previous que
onsent of the Senate, the House would on Saturday, the 23rd of March, 1861, proceed to the election of Militia Major and Brigadier Generals. It was objected to and laid on the table. House Bills Passed.--Establishing an inspection of leather for the county of Hampshire; incorporating the Virginia Lumber Company, of the counties of Augusta and Rockbridge; and amending the charter of the town of Guyandotte, in the county of Cabell. Night Sessions.--The House took up and considered Mr. Tomlin's resolution, providing that on and after to-morrow the House shall sit till 2 o'clock, and the chair being vacated at that time, the House shall resume its business at 7 ½ o'clock. On motion of Mr.Jones of G., "Monday next" was inserted in place of "to-morrow." Mr.Bass moved that the Clerk be authorized to withhold the pay of those members voting for night sessions, for each day on which they failed to attend such sessions. Mr.Collier moved that the Clerk be authorized to d
House of Delegates. Saturday,March 23d, 1861. Mr. Tomlin, of King William, called the House to order at 10 o'clock A. M., in the absence of the Speaker. Bills were reported allowing a pension to Amanda Higdon for five years, and for organizing the Metropolitan Guard of Richmond City. Leave was given a committee to report a bill for the relief of Ellen B. Lane, widow and administratrix of A. C. Lane, late Second Lieutenant in the Public Guard. Bills were passed amending the charter of the Bank of Richmond, and incorporating the town of Asbury. State Penitentiary.--The following preamble and resolutions were offered by Mr. McCue and adopted: Whereas, The Penitentiary of Virginia, for years past, has rested as an incubus on the State Treasury, through improper management; and, whereas, through serious defects in the criminal code its inmates have increased so rapidly that the building is entirely inadequate to its uses, whether in regard to the securit
House of Delegates. Monday, March 25th, 1861. The House was called to order at 10 o'clock, by Mr. Tomlin, of King William. A communication was read from the Senate announcing the passage of a number of bills. Senate bills were passed, for the relief of Wm. M. Hundley, Commissioner of the Revenue for Matthews county; releasing Schr. Virginia, of Alexandria, from the payment of certain fines for an alleged violation of the inspection laws, and changing the names of the Lunatic Asylums of the State. Senate bill paying the Adjutant General, (Wm. H. Richardson,) "on account of his services in reorganizing the Militia of the State in the years 1858-59," which passed the Senate unanimously, was called up by Mr. Kemper, and, being discussed, was put on its passage and carried in the affirmative — ayes 81; noes 25. Bills were reported for the relief of Joseph Guseman, and for releasing to the personal representatives of A. C. Layne the rent due under his lease for
Night session of the Legislature -- The House was called to order at half-past 7 o'clock by Mr. Tomlin. On motion of Mr. Kern, the bill to stay executions was taken up and made the order of the day for Thursday next. A resolution was offered by Mr.Crump, for leave to bring in a bill requiring the Banks to resume specie payment after the Maryland Banks have done so. It was debated, and indefinitely postponed. A bill was passed for incorporating the Little Kanawha Mining and Manufacturing Company : also, a bill repealing sections 28, 20, 30, 3t and 32 of the Code of Virginia, relative to the resumption of specie payment by the Banks. By leave, Mr. Christian reported a bill for the incorporation of the Staunton Savings Banks, which was read twice. Mr. Watts offered a resolution for rescinding the rule adopted on Friday, which required the Chair to be vacated at 2, and resumed again at 7½ o'clock.-- Objected to by Mr. Duckwall, and laid over. Adjourned.
The Daily Dispatch: March 27, 1861., [Electronic resource], Submitting the question of North or South to the people. (search)
Submitting the question of North or South to the people. --Mr. Tomlin asked leave to offer the following preamble and joint resolutions, which, on his motion, were read, and laid on the table, with an intimation that they would be called up to-morrow: The General Assembly of Virginia, deeply impressed with the critical condition of National affairs, deems it proper at this time to submit to the people of the State the only question which seems to it necessary to be decided. As representatives of the people, we have every confidence in their decision, and believe they will be guided by prudence and wisdom, and that the action of the majority will be acquiesced in, and thenceforth we shall move in harmony and concord. The General Assembly has heretofore exerted its influence in endeavoring to preserve the Union and to avert the calamity of civil war between the States. All its efforts to that end have signally failed. This utter failure to compose the differences
, who will, at an early day, go into Executive session to consider them. The Tax bill was passed, also House bills changing the names of the State Lunatic Asylums, and re-charring certain banks. The House passed a bill appropriating money to pay for printing the new edition of the Code; also, a bill amending the law authorizing the Valley Bank to establish a branch in Richmond, besides a number of unimportant local bills. The Appropriation bill was debated, but no final action had. Mr.Tomlin offered a preamble and joint resolution, the first of which declares that the General Assembly has heretofore in vain exerted its influence in endeavoring to preserve the Union, and to avert the calamity of civil war between the States; the second declares, that with a view of ascertaining the judgment of the people of Virginia on the present condition of things, and to give effect to the popular will, it shall be the duty of the Commissioners and officers appointed to superintend the electi
House of Delegates. Monday, March 25th, 1861. The House was called to order at 10 o'clock, by Mr. Tomlin, of King William. A communication was read from the Senate announcing the passage of a number of bills. Senate bills were passed, for the relief of Wm. M. Hundley, Commissioner of the Revenue for Matthews county; releasing Schr. Virginia, of Alexandria, from the payment of certain fines for an alleged violation of the inspection laws, and changing the names of the Lunatic Asylums of the State. Senate bill paying the Adjutant General, (Wm. H. Richardson,) "on account of his services in reorganizing the Militia of the State in the years 1858-59," which passed the Senate unanimously, was called up by Mr. Kemper, and, being discussed, was put on its passage and carried in the affirmative — ayes 81; noes 25. Bills were reported for the relief of Joseph Guseman, and for releasing to the personal representatives of A. C. Layne the rent due under his lease for
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