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June 26, 1863


Journal of the Senate

FRIDAY, June 26th, 1863.

Prayer by Rev. Mr. Barnes.

Journal read and approved.

Mr. Brown, from the Committee on Finance and Claims, reported back the following bill, with a recommendation that it pass:

No. 4 House Bill, “An Act in relation to the taxes assessed within the several counties under the laws of Virginia.”

On motion of Mr. Stevenson, the first section was amended by striking out the work “fifteen” and inserting in lieu thereof “twenty.”

The bill was read the second time.

On motion of Mr. Brown, the case being urgent, and three fourths of the members present consenting thereto, the rule was suspended for the purpose, and the said bill was read the third time and passed with its title.

YEAS – Messrs. Phelps, (President,) Atkinson, Bechtol, Bowen, Brown, Bunker, Burley, Carskadon, Copley, Farnsworth, Hawkins, Haymond, Mahon, Maxwell, McCann, Rollyson, Slack, Stevenson and Young – 19.

NAYS – None.

Ordered, That Mr. Burley inform the House of Delegates thereof, and ask their concurrence in said amendment.

Mr. Maxwell, from the Committee on Courts of Justice and General Laws, reported back the following bill, with a recommendation that it pass:

No. 1 House bill. “An act in relation to the powers and duties of the Recorder.”

Mr. Farnsworth moved to amend the said bill by inserting after the word “recording,” in the 4th line, in the first section, the words “all deeds not recorded at the time this State became one of the States of the Union, but properly acknowledged under the laws of

Virginia, the same as all other deeds without any additional acknowledgment,” which was disagreed to.

The bill was then read the second time.

On motion of Mr. McCann, the case being urgent, and three-fourths of the members present consenting thereto, the rule was suspended for the purpose, and the said bill was read the third time and passed with its title.

YEAS – Messrs. Phelps, (President,) Atkinson, Bechtol, Bowen, Brown, Bunker, Burley, Carskadon, Copley, Farnsworth, Hawkins, Haymond, Hubbard, Mahon, Maxwell, McCann, Rollyson, Slack, Stevenson, and Young – 20.

NAYS – None.

Ordered, that Mr. Stevenson inform the House of Delegates thereof.

A message was received from the House of Delegates by Mr. Lamb, informing the Senate that the House had concurred in the Senate amendment to House bill No. 4.

Mr. Maxwell, from the Committee on Courts of Justice and General Laws, reported back the following bill, with a recommendation that it pass:

No. 2 House Bill, “An Act concerning oaths and affirmations,” which was read the second time.

On motion of Mr. Maxwell, the case being urgent, and three-fourths of the members present consenting thereto, the rule was suspended for the purpose, and the said bill was read the third time and passed with its title.

YEAS – Messrs. Phelps, (President) Atkinson, Bechtol, Bowen, Brown, Bunker, Burley, Carskadon, Copley, Farnsworth, Hawkins, Haymond, Hubbard, Mahon, Maxwell, McCann, Rollyson, Slack, Stevenson and Young – 20.

NAYS – None.

Ordered, That Mr. McCann inform the House of Delegates thereof.

Mr. Maxwell, from the Committee on Courts of Justice and General Laws, reported back the following bill, with a recommendation that it pass, with amendments:

No. 3 House Bill, “An Act relating to official bonds,” which was read the second time.

The first amendment proposed was as follows: Strike out of the 14th section the words “and stamped,” which was agreed to.

The second amendment proposed was as follow: Transpose the words “two last,” in the 21st section so as to read “last two,” which was agreed to.

The third amendment proposed was as follows: Strike out of the 22d section the words “19th chapter,” and insert in lieu thereof the words “18th chapter,” which was also agreed to.

Mr. Bunker moved to amend the 8th section so as to require the Sheriff to give bond in a penalty not less than thirty thousand, nor more than ninety thousand dollars, but the motion was rejected.

Mr. Haymond moved to amend the 13th section so as to require the Treasurer to give bond in the penalty of twenty thousand instead of twenty-five thousand dollars, which was also decided in the negative.

On motion of Mr. Carskadon, the bill was then laid on the table.

On motion of Mr. Haymond.

Resolved, That the Committee on Courts of Justice inquire into the expediency of reporting a bill authorizing the Secretary of the State, or Auditor of Public Accounts, to issue patents upon receipts of the register of the land office of Virginia for plats of surveys of land within any of the counties of West Virginia, and providing that the Secretary of the State or Auditory shall receive, and receipt for plats of surveys on entries now standing on the books of the Surveyor’s office, in the various counties of West Virginia.

On motion of Mr. McCann,

Resolved, That the Committee on Internal Improvement and Navigation be requested to inquire into the expediency of reporting a bill embodying a general law, (as soon as practicable) regulating the navigation of the Kanawha, Coal, Guyandotte and Little Kanawha Rivers within the State.

The following message was received from the House of Delegates:

HOUSE OF DELEGATES, June 26th, 1863.

The House refuses to concur in the following Senate amendment to the sixth section of the joint rules:

Strike out the 6th rule the words “dropping the person who shall have the smallest number of votes on the former vote.”

The House has also passed the following bill in which they ask the concurrence of the Senate:

No.6 House Bill, “A Bill to authorize the council of the city of Wheeling to raise money by way of loan for the defense of the said city.

On motion of Mr. Hubbard, said bill was taken up and read the first time.

On motion of Mr. Hubbard, the case being urgent, and three-fourths of the members present consenting thereto, the rule was suspended for the purpose, and the said bill was read the second and third time, and passed with its title:

YEAS. – Messrs. Phelps, (President,) Atkinson, Bechtol, Bowen, Brown, Bunker, Burley, Carskadon, Copley, Farnsworth, Hawkins,

Haymond, Hubbard, Mahon, Maxwell, McCann, Rollyson, Slack, Stevenson and Young – 20.

NAYS – None.

Ordered, That the Clerk inform the House of Delegates thereof,

On motion of Mr. Stevenson,

Resolved, That the Committee on Internal Improvements and Navigation, be requested to inquire into the expediency of reporting a bill, as soon as practicable, making a general law, to establish and regulate the management, and work upon public roads within the State.

On motion of Mr. Carskadon, the Senate insisted upon its amendment by the 6th joint rule, in which the House this morning refused to concur.

Ordered, That the Clerk inform the House of Delegates thereof.

Mr. Hubbard moved that when the Senate adjourn to-day, it adjourn to meet on Monday next, when was agreed to.

On motion of Mr. Brown, the Senate adjourned.


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