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ll the tale as it was told to me, professing to have no knowledge about the dignity of hearsay. It appears that one day last week, a negro man belonging to Dr. Tredway, who lives a few miles above Goochland Court-House, came to his master and told him that he had overheard a conversation between a negro belonging to Mr. Georgeround, that his remains might chance never to be discovered until the sounding of the last trumpet. As the negro who told this story bore a very bad character, Dr. Tredway refused to listen to it, until he told him that if he either would secrete himself, or cause some one else to be secreted in a certain tobacco house, he would bring the negro who had revealed the plot to his wife within earshot of the place, and there induce him to go over the whole scheme. Dr. Tredway thought it best to follow but this suggestion, although he did not expect anything important to result from it. He accordingly placed two gentlemen in ambush in the tobacco house, having f
nd, awakened by our example, expunge from her statute book that which her wisest and best men say is a disgrace to it. Gentlemen, this is no party Convention. We must elevate ourselves into an atmosphere where party prejudice and party passion can not live. In conclusion, I again thank you for the honor you have thought proper to confer upon me, and hope that your action may redound to the good of the State and of the Union. the Convention then proceeded to elect a Secretary. Mr. Tredway, of Pittsylvania, nominated Stephen C. Whittle, of Powhatan, who was Secretary of the Constitutional Convention of 1850. Mr. Patrick, of Kanawha, nominated Green Peyton, of Albemarle. Mr. Barbour, of Jefferson, nominated Samuel. T. Walker, of Rockingham. Mr. Barbour, of Culpeper, nominated Zephaniah T. Turner, of Bappahannock. Mr. Southall, of Albemarie, seconded the nomination of Green Peyton, and urged his election. Mr. Moore, of Rockbridge, nominated John L. E
orkeeper. The motion was carried, and seven members, who had voted for other candidates, recorded their votes for Mr. Benjamin R. Linkous, who was then declared to have received a majority, and was therefore elected First Doorkeeper. Mr. Tredway moved that Samuel H. Jeter be appointed Second Doorkeeper. Mr. Speed thought such a course would not be entirely just to other applicants. He desired to nominate Mr. Josiah Leake, of Goochland. Mr. Tredway withdrew his motion. Mr. Tredway withdrew his motion. Mr. Cox nominated Wm. Welsh, of Chesterfield. The motion to adjourn was renewed, and again withdrawn. Commissioners from other States. The President submitted the following communication from the Governor of the Commonwealth: Executive Department, Feb. 14, 1861. Gentlemen of the Convention: I have the honor to communicate herewith the credentials of the Hon. John S. Preston, a Commissioner duly appointed by the Convention recently held in South Carolina, and who is cha
e first business in order to be the Election of second Doorkeeper. Mr. Forues nominated J. J. Winn, of Albemarle. Mr. McComas nominated Henry S. Coleman, of Stafford. Mr. Gregory nominated Roscoe Burke, of King William. Mr. Tredway nominated S. H. Joter, of Richmond. Mr. Speed nominated Wm. Josiah Leake, of Goochland. Mr. Cox nominated Wm. Welch, of Chesterfield. Mr. Montague nominated Jos. Tompkins, of Chesterfield. There being no further nominations on Monday next — all which they requested the Committee to communicate to the Convention." On motion of Mr. Preston, it was resolved to receive the Commissioners at the hour of 12 o'clock on Monday next. The Press. On motion of Mr. Tredway, it was resolved that the editors and reporters of newspapers in the city of Richmond be admitted to seats in the Convention, under the direction of the President. Committee of Elections Mr. Haymond offered the following: Resolv
them to the Federal Government, and co-operate afterwards. referred to the Committee on Federal Relations. Mr. Tredway submitted the following: resolved, that the Committee on Federal Relations be instructed to inquire and report aolution, but in any event he did not consider that the Convention could thus dictate the action of the Committee. Mr. Tredway called for the reading of the resolution under which the Committee was appointed, and it was read by the Clerk. Mrs of importance. He suggested a modification of the resolution so as to place the duty upon a select Committee. Mr. Tredway consented to the modification, and so changed his resolution as to make it read "resolved, that a Committee of five beve of the gentleman from Pennsylvania in offering the resolution, but could see no necessity for it at this time. Mr. Tredway said he offered it as a mere matter of inquiry on a subject now deeply exercising the public mind. A Peace Conference
de a statement as an act of justice to the Superintendent of the Arsenal at Harper's Ferry, showing that it was under his advice that the communication relative to the proceedings at Harper's Ferry was made to the Executive at Washington. Mr. Tredway said that the resolution was not dictated by any want of confidence in the gentleman from Jefferson as Superintendent of the Arsenal at Harper's Ferry. He believed the result would place him in the position which he never doubted he occupied,h of November. He wanted to have the public mind quieted on the subject, and to allay an agitation that had been artificially created, by sensation dispatches, in the minds of the people of the Commonwealth. After some further remarks by Mr. Tredway, Mr. Carlile withdrew his motion, and said he would content himself with voting "no" on the resolution. The question was then taken, and the resolution passed. Mr. Fisher, of Northampton, offered the following: Resolved, That th
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 vo
ention.Tenth day. Monday, Feb. 25, 1861. The Convention was called to order at 12 o'clock. Prayer by the Rev. Dr. Minnegerode, of St. Paul's Church. Committee. The President announced the following select committee, under Mr. Tredway's resolution, adopted on Saturday, to make inquiries as to whether any movement of arms or men has been made by the General Government, indicating a purpose to coerce Virginia; Messrs. Tredway, Pendleton, Bouldin, Wilson and Mallory. AmenMessrs. Tredway, Pendleton, Bouldin, Wilson and Mallory. Amendments to the Constitution. Mr. Haymond offered the following resolution, which, on his motion, was laid on the table and ordered to be printed: Resolved, That the Constitution of this State should be amended, and that this Convention will amend the Constitution wherein it is necessary and proper that it should be amended, and will submit the same as amended to the voters of the State for their adoption or rejection. Mr. Hall, of Wetzel, offered the following, which, on motion o
The Convention. The President yesterday appointed the following committee under the resolution adopted on Saturday, relative to the alleged menacing movements by the General Government: Messrs. Tredway, Pendleton, Bouldin, Wilson and Mallory. Mr. Haymond introduced a resolution contemplating amendments to the State Constitution, which was laid on the table and ordered to be printed. Mr. Hall, of Wetzel, offered resolutions on the same subject, which were tabled. A petition from Mr. Collier, of Petersburg, relating to the national troubles, was referred to the Committee on Federal Relations. A report fixing the compensation of officers was adopted. Mr. Moore, of Rockbridge, submitted resolutions demanding from the North security against future wrongs; opposed to going into any Confederacy which had for its objects the re-opening of the African slave trade, free trade, or direct taxation; and proposing to go into Confederacy on the basis of the Crittenden resolutions, or their
America, or any attempt to take the forts, arsenals, dock-yards, or munitions of war, in possession of the said States that have withdrawn from the Federal Union, would be the initiation of civil war, and that this Commonwealth will not be an indifferent spectator in such war; but will take part in the same to the full extent of her military ability, in behalf of her Southern slaveholding sisters that have seceded from the Federal Union. Resolved, further, in the opinion of this Convention, that it is the duty of the Federal Government at the earliest practicable moment to enter into negotiation with the authorities of the Southern Confederacy for the transfer of Fort Sumter and Fort Pickens to said Confederacy, and for an equitable division of the public property and public burdens of the United States of America, at the time of the withdrawal of the States of the said Southern Confederacy from the Union, between them. On motion of Mr. Tredway, the Convention adjourned.
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