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State Convention.

Wednesday, Dec. 4, 1861.
The Convention was opened with prayer by the Rev. Dr. Hend, of the United Presbyterian Church.

Mr. Nelson, of Clark, moved to pass by the order of the day and go into secret session, for the purpose of considering Executive nominations. Lost.

Vacancies in the Legislature.

Mr. Masters moved a reconsideration of the vote of last evening, by which the report of the Committee on Elections was stricken out.

The motion opened the way for debate, in which Messrs. Haymond and Borlin participated, when Mr. Hall, of Lancaster moved the previous question, which was sustained. The vote was then taken on the motion to reconsider, and resulted — eyes 41, noes 47. So the motion was lost.

Mr. Brooke moved to reconsider the vote by which the substitute of Mr. Dorman was rejected last night. Agreed to.

The question recurring on Mr. Dorman's substitute, the vote was taken, and resulted in its adoption — ayes 71, noes 26.

The substitute is as follows:

‘ "Whereas, Vacancies may have occurred, or may occur, in the General Assembly, and, by reason of the presence of the public enemy, it may be impossible to fill such vacancies in the mode now provided by the Constitution and laws: Therefore,

"Be it ordained, That in all such cases now existing, or that may hereafter occur during the present war, the Senate and the House of Delegates shall each have power to elect members to fill such vacancies in its own body, or such vacancies may be filled in such other manner as the General Assembly may prescribe by law."


An account of Starke & Cardoza, for stationary furnished to the Convention, amounting to $389, was ordered to be paid. Mr. Staples remarked that this made something near $3,000 paid by the Convention for stationary alone.

Disloyal members.

Mr. Turner, of Jackson, moved that the report of the Committee on Elections, expelling Sherrard Clemens and Cater Boggess from the Convention, by reason of their disloyalty, be taken up. Agreed to, and then, on motion, it was laid upon the table.

Treasury notes.

Mr. Ambler called up the ordinance reported by the Committee on Finance, authorizing the Auditor to issue Treasury Notes, to the amount of $4,000,000, not bearing interest. It was taken up and passed.


Mr.Blakey moved that the report of the special committee concerning salt, be made the order for this evening at 7 o'clock. Agreed to.

The Convention then took a recess.

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