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January 7, 1863


Journal of the House of Delegates of the Commonwealth of Virginia
Extra Session, 1862

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 7, 1863.

The Chairman of the Committee of Privileges and Elections reported the following bills.

No. 44 “A Bill establishing a place of voting in the county of Hardy.”

No. 45 “A Bill changing a place of voting in the county of Harrison.”

Also the following reports,

The Committee on Privileges and Elections to whom was referred the credentials of Presley M. Hale, Esq., the member elect from the county of Lewis, to supply the vacancy caused by the resignation of George J. Arnold: Beg leave to report that the said Presley M. Hale has been duly qualified. We also report that the said member is entitled to milage for 145 miles, all of which is respectfully submitted.

CHAS. HOOTON, Chairman.

The Committee on Privileges and Elections to whom was referred the subject of milage of the sitting member of this House from the county of Cabell, beg leave to report that said member is entitled to milage for 228 miles, which is respectfully submitted.

Mr. Zinn offered the following resolution,

Resolved, That the Committee of Finance be requested to enquire into the expediency of introducing a bill providing for the reduction of the taxes of the State, and thereupon Mr. Hooton moved to amend by the following-

Resolved, That a joint special committee to consist of 5 members 3 of which to be appointed by the Speaker of this House and 2 on behalf of the Senate, for the purpose of enquiring into the expediency of the Senate, for the purpose of enquiring into the expediency of reporting a Bill reducing the taxes of the Commonwealth.

The question being on the adoption of the substitute it was determined in the negative. The question being on the adoption of the resolution it was determined in the affirmative.

Mr. Swan presented a petition of sundry citizens of Marshall County opposing the extension of the stay law, which was referred.

Mr. Ruffner presented a petition of sundry citizens of Kanawha county in reference to the inspection of salt in said county, which was referred to the Committee on Propositions and Grievances.

Mr. Logan presented a petition of sundry citizens of Ohio county opposing the extension of the stay law, and also a petition of sundry citizens of Ohio county praying the extension of the stay law until the 1st day of January, 1864, both of which petitions were referred.

Mr. Crothers presented a petition from sundry citizens of Brooke county opposing the extension of the stay law, which was referred.

Mr. Zinn also presented a petition from citizens of Preston county opposing the extension of the stay law.

On motion of Mr. West,

Resolved, That the committee on roads and internal navigation be instructed to enquire into the expediency of reporting a bill declaring the north fork of Fishing Creek a public high way from the main forks to Jeremiah H. King’s Mills on Sand Creek.

Mr. Crothers presented a petition of sundry citizens of Brooke county asking for the passage of the Holliday’s Cove Rail Road Bill.

On motion of Mr. Michael,

Resolved, That the Committee on Roads and Internal Navigations inquire into the expediency of making an appropriation to re-build the Bridge over Stony River on the North Western Turnpike in Hardy County.

On motion of Mr. Williamson of Pleasants,

Resolved, That the committee on Courts of Justice enquire into the expediency of amending Sec. 28, Chapter 162, of the Code so as to increase the pay of jurymen to one dollar and twenty five cents per day.

The chairman of the committee of Schools and Colleges reported the following bill.

No. 46, “A Bill appropriating the capitation tax for the year 1862 for educational purposes.”

Engrossed House Bill No. 28 “A Bill making an appropriation for repairing and finishing a part of the Buffalo and Leading Creek Turnpike Road” was taken up, and the question being on the passage of the bill, on motion the further consideration of the bill was passed by for the present.

Engrossed House Bill No. 27 “A Bill declaring a part of Elk River a lawful fence” was taken up, and the question being on the passage of the bill, it was determined in the affirmative.

Engrossed House Bill No. 37 “A Bill making an appropriation for the relief of the suffering and destitute inhabitants in certain counties,” was taken up, and the question being on the passage of the bill, on motion the further consideration of the bill was passed by for the present.

Engrossed House Bill 19 “A Bill to incorporate the Pittsburgh and Steubenville Coal Company” was taken up, and the question being on the passage of the bill, it was determined in the affirmative.

House Bill No. 36, “A Bill amending an act entitled an act to amend the 8th section of an act imposing taxes for the support of the Government, passed April 3, 1861” was taken up, and the question being on the passage of the bill, on motion the further consideration of the bill was passed by for the present.

The further consideration of the following Engrossed House Bills was also passed by for the present.

House Bill No. 31 “A Bill to incorporate the Clarksburg Coal and Iron Company.”

House Bill No. 29, “A Bill entitled an act appropriating money for repairing the Morgan and Frederick Turnpike.”

House Bill No. 33 “A Bill authorizing the Courts of the Commonwealth to suspend the act to amend and reenact the act entitled an act prescribing oaths in certain cases and providing for the registration of the same, passed May 14th, 1862” was taken up, and the question being on the passage of the bill, it was determined in the negative.

Engrossed House Bill No. 35; “A Bill allowing additional compensation to Sheriffs and Collectors of Public Revenue of the State” was taken up, and the question being on the passage of the bill, the vote was recorded as follows:

YEAS----Messrs. Porter (Speaker), Barker, Boreman, Bumgarner, Daidson, Farnsworth, Hawxhurst, Hale, Hooton, Keeney, Logan, Michael, Myers, Kitchen, Parsons, Patrick, Ratcliff, Rollyson, Ruffner, Wilson, West, Wheat, Williamson of Pleasants, Williamson of Wirt, Wright, Zinn---26.

NAYS---Messrs. Fast, Kramer, Swan---3.

Engrossed House Bill No. 28 “A Bill making an appropriation for repairing and furnishing a part of the Buffalo and Leading Creek Turnpike Road” was taken up, and the question being on the passage of the bill, on motion the further consideration of the bill was passed by for the present.

House Bill No. 34 on its second reading, “A Bill to amend the Charter of the City of Alexandria” was taken up, and thereupon on motion the bill was laid on the table.

House Bill No. 40, on its second reading “A Bill to authorize Charles H. Kimball, Trustee, to construct and maintain a Tram or Rail Road from Franklin Furnace to the Baltimore and Ohio Rail Road in the county of Preston” was taken up, and thereupon Mr. Patrick moved to lay it on the table but subsequently withdrew his motion and thereupon the bill was ordered to engrossment.

House Bill No. 41, “A Bill for the relief of E. Moore, late Sheriff of Wetzel county, and his sureties” was taken up, and the question being on the engrossment of the bill it was determined in the affirmative.

House Bill No. 42, on its second reading “A Bill changing the place of holding an election in the county of Jackson” was taken up, and the question being on the engrossment of the bill, it was determined in the affirmative.

House Bill No. 43 on its second reading “A Bill for the relief of Elisha Morgan of the county of Wetzel from certain liabilities” was taken up, and the question being on the engrossment of the bill, on motion it was laid on the table.

The following communication was received from the public printer, which was read and on motion referred to the committee on Public Printing,

To the Honorable Senate and House of Delegates of Virginia:

Whereas a difficulty is existing between the Public Printer for the State and the Auditor of Public Accounts growing out of merely personal matters, but which renders the business of the Public Printer disagreeable and onerous, and whereas, the said Auditor refuses to pay any and all accounts for Printing done by said Public Printer, either for the various branches of the Executive Department or for your Honorable bodies and whereas his plea is that I, the Public Printer, have overdrawn from the Treasury, he still refuses to give the printing of his Department to me, the said Public Printer, but gets it done in the STATE OF OHIO, and, whereas, a portion of the same printing which is now being done in the STATE OF OHIO, has been done by the said Public Printer more than THREE MONTHS AGO, BUT HAS BEEN BEFUSED BY SAID AUDITOR: and whereas, to do the Public Printing it is necessary to have money to meet the necessary expenses of stock and labor, therefore it is asked and requested that your honorable bodies will make such provision for my protection as may seem necessary,

All of which is most respectfully submitted.

A. S. TROWBRIDGE,

Public Printer of the State of Virginia.

Wheeling Jan. 7, 1863.

Mr. Fast presented a petition from sundry citizens of Marion county opposing the extension of the stay law, which was referred.

On motion of Mr. West,

Resolved, That the appropriate committee be requested to enquire into the expediency of reporting a bill providing for the exstablishing of a land office in the Commonwealth.

Mr. Swan presented three several petitions signed by sundry citizens of Marshal county opposing the extension of the stay law, which were referred.

Mr. Logan presented a petition of sundry citizens of Preston county opposing the extension of the stay law, which was referred.

Mr. Williamson of Pleasants county presented a petition of sundry citizens of said county praying the extension of the stay law, which was referred.

On motion of Mr. Wilson, the House adjourned.


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