House of Delegates.
Friday, March 22d, 1861.
was called to order at 10 o'clock, by Mr.Yerby
A message was received from the Senate announcing the passage of a number of bills.
Senate bill transferring the Cacapon and North Branch Turnpike
to the County Court of Hampshire, was passed.
Adverse reports were returned to the petition of Henry C. Perkins
, of King George county
; to the petition of Samuel E. Lee
, of Lunenburg county
; to the expediency of incorporating the American Agency.
The Orange and Alexandria Railroad was brought to the attention of the House
by a motion of Mr. Barbour
for its relief.
The bill proposes that the collection of the interest on $400,000 shall be deferred until 1864.
The mover explained the bill, and advocated its passage, saying that, on account of the condition of public affairs, the road receipts had been diminished, per month, from $60,000 to $25,000.
advocated the passage of the bill.
Similar ones had been passed when there was no such national agitation as now exists.
opposed the bill.
said it was wiser for the Legislature to afford the relief asked for, than that the entire State
's interest in the road should be sacrificed under the auctioneer's hammer.
said he only desired to see even-handed justice.
If this road really needed the relief asked for, he was willing to grant it, hoping that reciprocity would be the sentiment of the Legislature with reference to the roads running to Petersburg
, of Hampshire
, and Mr.Anderson
, of Botetourt
, advocated the passage of the bill.
refused to pass it, and, on motion of Mr.Lockridge
, the vote was reconsidered; and then, on motion of Mr.Barbour
, the bill was laid on the table.
, of Accomac
, offered for adoption a resolution providing that, with the consent 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 amending the charter of the town of Guyandotte
, in the county of Cabell
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."
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.
moved that the Clerk
be authorized to draw such pay and expend the same, under the direction of the Speaker.--Amidst the most dire confusion, both amendments were declared lost.
offered a resolution that the Clerk
be required to make a full report of the highly-edifying and instructive debate on this occasion, and that 2,000 copies the same be printed for circulation among the constituents of members.
It was not considered.
Medley said he did not think outsiders should be allowed to witness the uproar in the House
He therefore moved to clear the galleries.
moved to amend the resolution by substituting the following:
That on and after Monday next this House
will meet at 8 o'clock A. M., and sit all day, taking 20 minutes recess at 1 o'clock P. M.
moved to amend by substituting Monday week, (April 1st, the day fixed on for adjournment sine die,
) for Monday next.--Lost.
The resolution was then agreed to, (more than an hour was consumed in debating the resolution and amendments,) and the greatest confusion prevailed.
addressed the House
, while eating an apple, in favor of a motion made by Mr.
Keen, to strike out that section of the Code requiring merchants to take an oath that they would not pass notes of a lower denomination than five dollars.
Medley rose to a point of order.
He did not think it in order for a member to address the House
and eat apples at the same time.
did not mean any disrespect to the House
, and would remind the gentleman who called him to order that he frequently came in and walked to his seat with his hat on.
said if the gentleman would pass the apples around, members would not object to his eating.
[Renewed sensation and laughter.]
The Speaker.--"Order, gentlemen.
Members will please conduct the business of the day with dignity and decorum.
The motion was finally indefinitely postponed.
The bill providing for bringing the remains of Gen. Harry Lee
to his native State, was passed to its engrossment.
On motion, the House