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Timeline of West Virginia: Civil War and Statehood
July 2, 1863


Journal of the Senate
of the State of West Virginia

(Wheeling: John F. M'Dermot, Public Printer, 1863)

Thursday, July 2d, 1863.

The Journal was read and approved.

The following communication was received from the House of Delegates by the clerk:

House of Delegates, July 1st, 1863.

The House has the day passed the following joint resolution and asks the concurrence of the Senate:

Resolved, That when this House adjourn to-morrow, it will, with the concurrence of the Senate, adjourn to meet again on Monday next.

On motion of Mr. Farnsworth, the resolution was taken up.

Mr. Stevenson offered the following substitute for the same:

Resolved, That when the Legislature adjourns to-day, it will adjourn to meet again on Tuesday next.

Mr. Brown moved that the whole subject be indefinitely postponed; and upon that question demanded the yeas and nays; and the demand sustained the motion was rejected by the following vote:

Yeas—Messrs. Phelps, (President,) Bowen, Brown, Bunker, Copley, Haymond, Maxwell and Young—8.

Nays—Messrs. Atkinson, Bechtol, Burley, Carskadon, Farnsworth, Hawkins, Hubbard, Mahon, McCann, Rollyson, Slack and Stevenson—12.

Mr. Slack moved to amend the substitute by inserting “Thursday” instead of “Tuesday”, which was rejected, as was also the motion of Mr. Mahon to insert “Wednesday” instead of Tuesday.”

Mr. Maxwell moved to amend the substitute by adding the following: “Provided, that the members of neither House shall receive per diem during the recess,” which was disagreed to.

The substitute was then adopted.

Upon the adoption of the resolution as amended by the substitute, Mr. Maxwell demanded the yeas and nays, and the demand being sustained, the question was decided in the affirmative, by the following vote:

Yeas—Messrs. Atkinson, Burley, Carskadon, Copley, Farnsworth, Hawkins, Hubbard, McCann, Rollyson, Slack, and Stevenson.—11 Nays—Messrs. Phelps (President,) Bechtol, Bowen, Brown, Bunker, Haymond, Mahon, Maxwell, and Young—9.

Ordered, That Mr. Farnsworth inform the House of Delegates thereof, and ask their concurrence.

Mr. Kramer informed the Senate that the House of Delegates had passed the following bills in which they asked concurrence:

House Bill No. 8, “A bill relating to exemptions from military duty.”

House Bill No. 9, “An act to authorize the heirs of David Albright to establish a ferry across Cheat River.

House Bill No. 10, “A bill making an appropriation of fifty thousand dollars for procuring arms, equipments, munitions of war, &c.

House Bill No. 11, “A bill for the defense of the State.”

House Bill No. 12, “A bill to fix the terms of the several courts.”

On motion of Mr. Stevenson, each of said bills was taken up and read the first time.

On motion of Mr. Hubbard, the cases being urgent , and three-fourths of the members present consenting thereto, the rule was suspended for the purpose, and each of the said bills was read the second time and referred as follows: No. 8, 10, and 11, to the committee on Military Affairs; No 9, to the committee on Internal Improvements, &c.; and No. 12, to the committee on Courts of Justice and General Laws.

Mr. Hale informed the Senate that the House of Delegates had concurred in the substitute adopted by the Senate for the House resolutions, in reference to the adjournment till Tuesday next.

Mr. McCann, from the committee on Internal Improvement, &c., reported back the following bill, with a recommendation that it pass:

House Bill No. 7, “A Bill concerning the Hempfield Railroad,” which was read the second time and laid on the table.

On motion of Mr. Bunker, the Senate took a recess till 3 o’clock, P.M.

3 o’clock, P.M.

Mr. Bunker, from the committee on Military Affairs, reported back the following bills, with a recommendation that they pass:

House Bill No. 10, “A Bill making an appropriation of fifty thousand dollars for procuring arms, equipments, munitions of war,” &c.

House Bill No. 11, “A Bill for the defense of the State.”

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

Yeas—Messrs. Phelps (President), Atkinson, Bechtol, Bowen, Brown, Bunker, Burley, Carskadon, Farnsworth, Hawkins, Haymond, Hubbard, Mahon, Maxwell, McCann, Slack, and Stevenson—17.

Nays—None.

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

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

Yeas—Messrs. Phelps (President), Atkinson, Bechtol, Brown, Bunker, Burley, Carskadon, Farnsworth, Hawkins, Hubbard, Mahon, Maxwell, McCann, Slack, and Stevenson—15.

Nays—Messrs. Bowen and Haymond—2.

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

Mr. McCann gave notice that on Wednesday next he would introduce a bill for the encouragement and protection of immigration into this State.

On motion of Mr. Atkinson,

Resolved, That the Board of the Literary Fund be requested to report to the Senate the condition of the Literary Fund, showing in tabular form, the amount of the moneys received for that fund during the last fiscal year, the amount now on hand for distribution, the due proportion of the fund coming from the State of West Virginia to the new State of West Virginia, with all such statistics as maybe deemed pertinent by the Board.

On motion of Mr. McCann,

Resolved, That the Clerk of the Senate be authorized to issue certificates of attendance and mileage to the members and officers of the Senate.

On motion of Mr. McCann, the Senate adjourned.


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