The Convention, in Committee of the Whole, (Mr. Price
, of Greenbrier
, in the chair,) proceeded to the consideration of amendments to the 8th section, proposed by Mr. Sneffey
, of Smythe
, and Mr. Campbell
, of Washington county
, both of which were lost.
, of Kanawha
, proposed a further amendment, by striking out the words ‘"they concede,"’ in the third line, which was adopted.
, of Middlesex
, moved to fill the blank thus created by inserting the words ‘"they acknowledge."’
The amendment was lost — yeas 29, nays 90.
, of Bedford
, moved to amend by inserting the words ‘"they assert,"’ in the place of the words ‘"they concede,"’ already stricken out. Rejected, after debate by Messrs. Goode
, of Brooke
, offered an amendment, which was defeated.
The 8th resolution, as amended by Mr. Summers
, was then adopted.
moved that the Committee
It was, he said, now 5 o'clock, and he was informed that unless the furniture was removed from the Hall
before bed-time, the State
would be liable for another week's rent, $150. He also understood that the gentleman from Montgomery
) had some very important resolutions to offer, which would doubtless occasion some discussion.
The motion was agreed to, and the Committee
rose and reported progress.
, of Montgomery
, offered the following resolutions for adoption:
- 1. Resolved, That in the opinion of this Convention, the Federal Government of this Union is one of limited and expressly granted powers; that the Constitution confers no power upon its constituted authorities to subjugate a State or execute the Federal laws within the limits of a State which has withdrawn from the Government, expelled the civil authorities of the same, and is in the exercise of an independent sovereignty.
- 2. That as one of the parties to the compact of government, this Commonwealth has the right to protest against any such exercise of coercive policy on the part of the Federal authorities, and they will never consent that the Federal power which is in part, their power, shall be exercised for the purpose of subjugating the people of such States to the Federal authority.
- 3. That a committee of three delegates be appointed by this Convention to wait upon the President of the United States, present to him these resolutions and respectfully ask of him to communicate to this Convention the policy which the authorities of the Federal Government intend to pursue in regard to the Confederate States.
, of Franklin
, raised a point of order: ‘ under the rule adopted, all resolutions touching Federal Relations must go to the Committee
of Twenty-one. ’
moved to suspend the rule.
The President decided that the resolutions were in order, the gentleman from Middlesex
having indicated that one purpose of moving that the Committee
rise was to afford the gentleman from Montgomery
an opportunity of offering them.
urged the adoption of the resolutions, after which Mr. Early
raised another point of order, which the President
[The ultra Union men exhibited a disposition to make a stern opposition to the resolutions.]
regarded them as unnecessary and impertinent, and as showing some timidity because the Government
was raising a little money and manŒuvering with a few soldiers.
He closed with a motion to adjourn, which was voted down by a decisive majority.
was in favor of some action to obtain a disclosure of the intentions of the Administration, but thought the ground assumed would defent the object.
The third resolution, with a preamble simply alluding to the uncertainties concerning the policy of the Government
as having a disturbing influence upon the public mind, would, he thought, be all that was necessary.
then read a preamble which he had prepared, and Mr. Preston
accepted it, withdrawing his first and second resolutions.
The preamble is as follows:
in the opinion of this Convention, the uncertainly which prevails in the public mind as to the policy which the General Government
intends to pursue towards the seceded States, is extremely injurious towards the seceded States, is extremely injurious to the industrial and commercial interests of the country, tends to keep up an excitement which is unfavorable to the adjustment of pending difficulties, and threatens a disturbance of the public peace: ‘ Therefore, Resolved, &c. ’
's third resolution was slightly changed to conform to the phraseology of the preamble.
moved to amend by inserting after the words ‘"seceded States,"’ the words ‘"and as to the policy the seceded States intend to pursue towards the General Government
."’ Rejected--Mr. Carlile
alone voting ‘"aye."’
then moved to amend by adding the following to the resolution: ‘"And that a like committee be appointed to wait upon the seceded States, and report to this Convention what policy they intend to pursue towards the General Government
asked whether, if this amendment were adopted, the gentleman from Harrison
would undertake the mission to the seceded States.
He thought if he did, that would be the last of him. [Laughter.]
replied that he would cheerfully undertake the mission, if the Convention
thought proper to confer it upon him; and he would return, too.
's second amendment was then voted down, and the preamble and resolution were adopted.
, of Wood
, said he had not understood the question, and moved a reconsideration, he having neglected to vote.
The President said the vote could be taken over again by general consent.
then vehemently opposed the preamble and resolution, declaring that under no circumstances would he and his constituents consent to relinquish the stars and stripes and join with South Carolina
He did not object to a Middle Confederacy.
followed, commenting upon the singular declaration made by the venerable gentleman from Wood
He called upon Eastern men to take note of the fact.
, of Fauquier
, moved the previous question, which was sustained; and the rule allowing any member to relieve his mind for a period of ten minutes, before putting the main question,
availed himself of the opportunity to declare his loyalty to Virginia
, for whose rights he would ever contend; but he was opposed to the proposition in this form, and would vote against it.
, of Monongalia, said that the people of Western Virginia
, among their native mountains, were perfectly independent of the world; but they would defend the honor of the State
, under all circumstances, He, however, deemed the proposition too precipitate, and though the design might be a good one, he hoped they would have time to reflect upon it.
favored postponement of action.
He was anxious to give gentlemen full time to think about it; he had no idea of producing such an exhibition of feeling among gentlemen of extreme views.
It was his wish to make the proposition acceptable to all, or nearly all, the members of the Convention
asked if the gentleman referred to him as one of those entertaining extreme views.
said he did not, for he had distinctly disavowed any such ultra sentiments as he (Mr.
B.) had alluded to.
then made a similar inquiry.
acknowledged that he did have some reference to the sentiments which he had expressed.
said he had asked the question with a view to making a reply.
then went on to say that he represented the people of the great centre of the State
, who were not identified with either extreme.
In view of the angry feelings which had sprung up, he hoped the Convention
would defer action until deliberation could be had, when they might act with more calmness and unanimity than they possibly could under existing circumstances.
Pending the consideration of the subject, on motion of Mr. Dorman
, the Convention
adjourned, to meet at the Capitol
on Monday at 10 o'clock.