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hird day. Richmond,April 16th, 1861. The Convention was called to order at 10 o'clock A. M. Prayer by the Rev. D. S. Doggett, of the M. E. Church. The President announced the following special committee on the resolution offered by Mr. Willey, of Mongolia, inquiring into the expediency of changing the organic law in regard to taxation, viz: Messrs. Willey, Turner, French, Campbell, Barbour of Jefferson, Taylor, Tredway, Ambler, Marr, Chambliss, Gregory and Brent. The pending quMessrs. Willey, Turner, French, Campbell, Barbour of Jefferson, Taylor, Tredway, Ambler, Marr, Chambliss, Gregory and Brent. The pending question from yesterday being, then, shall the main question be put on the resolution of Mr. Holcombe, of Albemarle, as follows: Resolved, That the Convention will immediately go into secret session, in order to consider the report of the Committee appointed to visit Washington, the main question was ordered, and being put, was decided in the affirmative. So the Convention went into secret session; the galleries being cleared, and all persons save one official Reporter and one Doorkeeper
A Miserable Fizzle. --The Wheeling meeting is over. The great "Western Virginia Convention" turned out to be anything else than that. It was opened with prayer by an Englishman, who, of course, has no love for Virginia. Gen. Jackson made the first speech, and look strong ground against making any movement now for the division of the State John S. Carlile followed on the other side — But Mr. Willey, of Monongalia, killed the snake by backing up Gen. Jackson. No man of any reputation, who expects to remain long in Virginia, as we predicted last week, took ground in favor of revolution. John S. Burdett, Carlile and Tarr, are the chiefs among the revolutionists. Men of State reputation will not hazard their good names in such a cause. There are about eighty counties in Western Virginia. Of these only twenty-seven--one-third --are claimed to have been represented; and of the twenty-seven, Marion, Wetzel, Barbour, Wirt, Lewis, Jackson, Roane, Gilmer, Upshur, and various oth
baggage and camp equipage, and a good many handsome uniforms, together with some 440 stand of arms, all of which fell into the hands of the victors.--Several prisoners were taken besides Sims — among them D. M. Auvil, Prosecuting Attorney, and Col. Willey. Capt. Robinson, of the Logan Guards, had the honor of making the capture. Col. Willey's commission from the Confederate authorities, with some interesting correspondence, was found upon his person. Several hats, apparently belonging to offiCol. Willey's commission from the Confederate authorities, with some interesting correspondence, was found upon his person. Several hats, apparently belonging to officers, were picked up, and a horse and buggy, belonging to B. F. Martin, a Pruntytown lawyer and defeated Secession candidate for the Legislature, were part of the spoils. The American flag has taken the place of the Secession emblem in all the houses of Philippi. A rumor prevails this evening that the fugitives have been reinforced by 300 Southern troops, but it is not credited. A detachment of Ohio troops went out to Philippi this afternoon under Col. Andrews, who will take command
eralists. To show our readers what is going on among the traitors in Virginia, we copy the following in relation to "the Western Virginia army." A letter from Grafton to the Wheeling Intelligencer gives the following items: Col. Willey was brought here to-day from Phillippi. He was carried on a litter as far as Webster, being very feeble. He is suffering from a fever and nervous prostration. He will receive every attention here that medical skill can bestow. Col. Kelly has been worse during the day, though he is resting easy this evening. The train that brought Col. Willey down from Webster also brought down about a dozen boxes of the muskets captured at Phillippi. They are very hard looking pieces; old rusty flint locks, such as Wise distributed the time of the John Brown raid. Information has been received here from sources that entitle it to consideration, that Ben McCulloch has been ordered to this part of the State by Gov. Letcher to take command o
d to Fort Lafayette notwithstanding. Capt. Shields graduated at West Point in 1841, served ten years in the regular army, and was twice brevetted for gallantry in the Mexican War. For the last few years he has taken no part in public affairs, although it is said by his friends that he was hoping to arrange his affairs so as to assume some position in the National army. Something about the privateer Sumter. The New York Times, of the 28th ult., has the following paragraph: Capt. Willey, of the brig C. F. O'Brien, which arrived yesterday from Montevideo, reports that on Sept. 20, lat. 20 deg. 6 min., lon. 31 deg., he saw the British brig Spartan, from Rio Janeiro for St. Thomas. The Captain of the Spartan reported having, Oct. 5, been chased for twelve hours, in lat. 19 deg., lon. 47 deg., by a steamer, bark-rigged, round stern, which had no sails higher than topgallant sails. After being overtaken she was boarded, but being an English vessel, was allowed to proceed.
n or decline, and loan Mexico the money to pay the entire demands of the three Powers about to invade her soil. The President dislikes to take such a responsibility at such a time as this, hence his request of the Senate. The speech of Senator Willey, of Va. &c. The Herald's Washington correspondent, of the 20th inst., says: Senator Willey, of Virginia, concluded to-day his able and patriotic speech in the Senate on the existing rebellion and in support of the policy of the PresiSenator Willey, of Virginia, concluded to-day his able and patriotic speech in the Senate on the existing rebellion and in support of the policy of the President. He was warmly congratulated by Senators. It was his first elaborate effort in the Senate, and establishes for him an honorable position in that body. During the delivery of the speech, the Vice President was obliged to admonish the crowded galleries against repeated indications of applause. Yesterday one hundred seamen were drafted from the Navy-Yard, and were forwarded to Philadelphia with dispatch. About forty of the contrabands at the yard were sent to Philadelphia. The fou
ht we could not afford to send out of the country the laboring men and producers; and if insisted upon, he should move to amend by providing colonization for slaveholders, who are dangerous to the country, and whose loss would not be felt. Mr. Willey, (Union,) of Va., wanted to know where there was any constitutional power for the President's colonizing negroes. He was willing to co-operate in the most stringent measures for the confiscation of property, but had the Senator from Illinois counted the immense cost of the scheme of colonization? It would cost $500 a head to colonize and keep ignorant slaves. Mr. Pomeroy said his amendment would obviate that, as there would be only a few slaveholders to colonize. Mr. Willey--I propose to hang all such traitors, and thus save all the expense of transportation. [Applause in the galleries, which was immediately suppressed by the chair] Mr. Ten Eyck, (Rep.,) of N. J. thought the third section very important. He said
Mr. Robertson submitted an adverse report on certain memoftals referred to the Committees on Banks from certain corporations asking permission to issue small notes. The Clerk was directed to publish a joint resolution adopted on Saturday last relative to mustering the militia into service and to exemptions. Certain laborers and the superintendent of Hollywood Cemetery were ordered to be exempted by the Board of Exemption. The joint resolution providing for the payment of Col. Willey and certain other officers was taken up and agreed to. The bill suspending work on the Kanawha river, and appropriating, under certain restrictions and securities, a part of the appropriation for that purpose, not exceeding $200,000, for the repair of the James River Canal, was taken up and rejected — not having a constitutional majority — ayes 78, rcas 11. Joint resolution from the Senate exempting clerks of District Courts throughout the Commonwealth was taken up and passed.
-Messrs Anthony, Browning Chandler, Clark, Collamer, Cowin, Davis. Dixon, Doolittle, Foot, Harian, Harris, Howard, Howe, Lane of ind., Lane of Kansas, Latham, Powell, Sherman, Tea Eyck, Trumbult, Wade, Wright--23. Nays--Messrs, Bayard, Carille, Fessenden, Hale, Grimes, Henderson, Kennedy. King, McDougal, Morrill, Stark, Sumner, Wilkinson, Wilmot, Wilson of Mass, Wilson of Mo--16. Not voting or absent, Messrs Foster, Johnson, Nesmith, Pearce, Simmons, Rice, Saulsbury, Thompson, and Willey. The amendment then stood as follows: "And be it further enacted, That the sum of $00,000, out of any money in the treasury not otherwise appropriated, shall be expended, under the direction of the President of the United States, to aid in the colonization and settlement of all persons liberated under this act and such free people of African descent now residing in said district as may desire to emigrate to the Republic of Hayti or Liberia, or such other country beyond the limits
oted to exaggerated accounts of recent events, of which the public has already been apprised. The vote in the Federal Senate on the bill to abolish slavery in the District of Columbia resulted, year 29, nays 14--the following persons voting against the measure: Bayard of Delaware, Camille of Virginia, Davis of Kentucky, Henderson of Missouri, Kennedy of Maryland, Latham of California, McDougall of California, Nesmith of Oregon, Powell of Kentucky, Sansbury of Delaware, Starke of Oregon, Willey of Virginia, Wilson of Missouri, and Wright of Indiana. We make up the following summary of war news: From Fortress Monroe. Fortress Monroe, April 2. --The weather to-day is clear and pleasant, and everything is progressing in the most satisfactory manner. The rebels fired several shots from Sewell's Point last night, on the transports in the harbor, some of the shells falling within fifty feet of a vessel loaded with horses. The steamboats conveying troops to Newport
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