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ock, Prayer by the Rev. Mr. Bosserman, of the Universalist Church. The resolution of Mr. Price, of Greenbrier, restricting debate to ten minutes on any one subject, being in order, Mr. Wise moved a call of the roll to ascertain if there was a quorum in attendance. Most of the members answered to their names. Mr. Price briefly advocated his resolution. The President stated that he had received a communication from the Governor of the Common wealth, enclosing a dispatch from Gov. Pickens, of South Carolina, which was read by the Secretary. It announces the commencement of hostilities, and says that no harm had thus far been done to the works of the Confederated army, but great damage had been done to Fort Sumter. Mr. Wise commented briefly upon the intelligence, closing with the expression of a hope that the "terrapin" (meaning the Union men) "would begin to crawl, now that the fire was applied to his back." The hour of half-past 10 having arrived, Mr. Southall
the Convention the following communication from the Governor of the Commonwealth: Executive Department, April 13, 1861 Gentlemen of the Convention; Since you adjourned this morning I have received another dispatch from his Excellency Gov. Pickens which is here with communicated I consider it a duty to communicate any dispatch that may be sent to me, by the Governor of a State. In reply to the inquiry with which the dispatch closes, I have replied, "The Convention now in session ow near 7,000 of the best troops in the world, and a reserve of 10,000 on our railroads. The war is commenced, and we will triumph or perish. This is my answer to you. Please let me know what will Virginia do, as I telegraph you candidly. F. W. Pickens Mr. Wysor of Pulaski, desired to offer a preamble and resolution, but Mr. Price of Greenbrier, claimed that his own resolution (for the limitation of tribute,) had precedence over any other business. Mr. Wysor asked the privilege of
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The Convention. The Committee of the Whole made very good progress on Saturday, by adopting several sections of the proposed amendments to the Constitution, with two additional amendments proposed by Mr. Wise. The stirring news from Charleston entered largely into the debate, and some of the leading Union members manifested a strong sympathy with the Federal Government. A dispatch from Gov. Pickens was laid before the Convention, and it will be seen by reference to it that he is anxious to know what course Virginia will pursue in this crisis. Gov. Letcher telegraphed back that the Convention, now in session, would decide. Mr. Wysor, of Pulaski, desired to get an immediate vote on the question of withdrawal, but his preamble and resolution were not received.