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Timeline of West Virginia: Civil War and Statehood
July 10, 1863


Journal of the House of Delegates
of the State of West Virginia

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

[House passed bills regulating criminal proceedings against negroes, collecting debt, setting times for holding rules in Ohio County Circuit Court, recovering claims, and received a joint resolution from the Senate which it tabled, congratulating General Grant and Admiral Porter for victory at Vicksburg]

FRIDAY, July 10, 1863.

The House met at the usual hour.

Prayer by Rev. Samuel R. Dawson, member of the House.

Journal read, corrected and approved.

Mr. Ruffner from the committee on Taxation and Finance, to whom was referred House Bill No. 15, entitled “A Bill to prescribe the manner in which money may be paid into the treasury of the State,” reported it back with the following amendment: insert in the eighth line after the word “Weston,” the words “or into the Fairmont Bank at Fairmont.”

The same gentleman offered the following resolution, which was adopted:

Resolved , That the Auditor be, and is hereby, directed to apply to the Auditor of the State of Virginia, for access to and use of the books and papers now in his possession, to enable him to comply with resolutions from the House calling for information.

A message from the Senate informed the House of the passage of the following joint resolution, and asked concurrence:

Resolved by the Legislature of West Virginia, 1st. That the thanks of this Legislature are hereby extended to Major General Grant and Admiral Porter, and to the brave officers, soldiers and sailors under their commands, for their courage, energy and perserverance which they so signally evinced in the siege of Vicksburg and which resulted in its surrender on our National Anniversary.
2d. Resolved, That we deeply sympathize with the families of the men who bravely fell in that victorious conflict. We deplore their loss and shall ever hold them in honored and grateful remembrance.
3d. Resolved, That the Governor be requested to forward copies of the foregoing resolutions to Gen. Grant and Admiral Porter, with the request that the same may be communicated to the men under their commands.

Engrossed House Bill No. 16, entitled “A Bill to regulate criminal proceedings against negroes,” was taken up, read the third time, and passed with its title.

The YEAS were - Messrs. Patrick (Speaker), Ballard, Barns, Barrick, Bee, Boggs, Bumgarner, Copley, Crooks, Crothers, Davidson, Dawson, Dunn, Dunbar, [sic] Fleming, Foster, Goff, Griffin, Hagar, Hale, Hinchman, Holman, Keeney, Kittle, Kramer, Lamb, Little, Lough, Mann, McGrew, McWhorter, Michael, Rader, Robinson, Ross, Ruffner, Sheets, Sutton, Sweeney, Teter of Barbour, Teter of Upshur, Turner, Van Winkle, Wheat, Wright, and Zinn – 46.

The NAYS were – None.

Engrossed House Bill No. 17, entitled “A Bill to amend the Act staying the collection of certain debts,” was taken up, read the third time, and passed with its title.

The YEAS were - Messrs. Patrick (Speaker), Ballard, Barns, Barrick, Bee, Boggs, Bumgarner, Copley, Crawford, Crooks, Crothers, Davidson, Dawson, Dunbar, Dunn, Fleming, Foster, Goff, Griffin, Hagar, Hale, Hinchman, Holman, Keeney, Kittle, Kramer, Lamb, Little, Lough, Mann, McGrew, McWhorter, Michael, Rader, Robinson, Ross, Ruffner, Sheets, Sutton, Sweeney, Teter of Barbour, Teter of Upshur, Turner, Van Winkle, Wheat, Wright, and Zinn – 47.

The NAYS were – None.

Engrossed House Bill No. 18, entitled “A Bill to prescribe the time for holding rules in the Clerk’s office of the Circuit Court for Ohio county,” was taken up, read the third time, and passed with its title.

The YEAS were - Messrs. Patrick (Speaker), Ballard, Barns, Barrick, Bee, Boggs, Bumgarner, Copley, Crawford, Crooks, Crothers, Davidson, Dawson, Dunbar, Dunn, Fleming, Foster, Goff, Griffin, Hagar, Hale, Hinchman, Holman, Keeney, Kittle, Kramer, Lamb, Little, Lough, Mann, McGrew, McWhorter, Michael, Rader, Robinson, Ross, Ruffner, Sheets, Sutton, Sweeney, Teter of Barbour, Teter of Upshur, Turner, Van Winkle, Wheat, Wright, and Zinn – 47.

The NAYS were – None.

Engrossed House Bill No. 19, entitled “A Bill to regulate the recovery of claims where the State is a party interested,” was taken up, read the third time, and passed with its title.

The YEAS were - Messrs. Patrick (Speaker), Ballard, Barns, Barrick, Bee, Boggs, Bumgarner, Copley, Crawford, Crooks, Crothers, Davidson, Dawson, Dunbar, Dunn, Fleming, Foster, Goff, Griffin, Hagar, Hale, Hinchman, Holman, Keeney, Kittle, Kramer, Lamb, Little, Lough, Mann, McGrew, McWhorter, Michael, Rader, Robinson, Ross, Ruffner, Sheets, Sutton, Sweeney, Teter of Barbour, Teter of Upshur, Turner, Van Winkle, Wheat, Wright, and Zinn – 47.

The NAYS were – None.

House Bill No. 20, entitled “An Act to authorize the payment of outstanding claims for the tuition of indigent children,” on its second reading, was taken up, read the second time, and ordered to engrossment.

House Bill No. 21, entitled “A Bill defining the jurisdiction and powers of the Supreme Court of Appeals and the Judges thereof,” on its second reading, was taken up, and read the second time.

On motion of Mr. Lamb, the bill was amended by inserting as an additional section, after the third, the following:

“The reasonable costs of procuring and docketing the said record, shall be taxed, under direction of the court, to such party in the cause as the court shall deem right.”

On motion of Mr. McGrew, the bill was amended by striking out in the sixty-sixth line, the words “one thousand dollars annually;” and further amended, on motion of the same gentleman, by filling the blank thus created, with the words “such sum, not exceeding six hundred dollars annually, as the court may determine.”

The bill was then ordered to engrossment.

The following bills were also taken up on their second reading, read the second time, and passed to engrossment:

House Bill No. 22, entitled “A Bill to prevent the encouragement of invasions and insurrections;”
House Bill No. 23, entitled “A Bill to provide seals for the several courts and recorders;”
House Bill No. 24, entitled “A Bill for the relief of Milton Wells.”

House Bill No. 25, entitled “A Bill to provide for the appointment and qualification of deputy sheriffs, recorders and clerks,” was taken up on its second reading, and read the second time, and on motion of Mr. McGrew, it was laid upon the table. So also was House Bill No. 26, entitled “A Bill defining in part the powers and duties of townships.”

A communication from the Senate announced the passage by that body, of House Bill No. 7, entitled “A Bill concerning the Hempfield Railroad Company,” with the following amendment:

Insert after the word “Company” in the seventy-seventh line, the words, “and be subject to all the restrictions imposed by the same.”

The amendment was concurred in.

The Senate joint resolution of thanks to Gen. Grant and Admiral Porter and the officers, soldiers and sailors under their commands received during the morning hour, was taken up; and on motion of Mr. Ruffner, it was laid upon the table.

House Bill No. 15, entitled “A Bill to prescribe the manner in which money may be paid into the treasury of the State,” reported back from the committee on Taxation and Finance with an amendment, during the morning hour, was on motion of Mr. Ruffner, taken up, the amendment agreed to, and the bill ordered to engrossment.

Mr. Dawson called up the resolution offered by himself, and laid over, relative to printing for the executive offices.

Mr. Kramer offered the following as a substitute, and it was adopted:

WHEREAS the fifth section of chapter twenty of the Code of Virginia, (1860,) maked it the duty of the Public Printer to supply the executive officers with blanks, publish proclamations and advertisements, Resolved by the Legislature of West Virginia, That the executive officers shall be required to comply with this section of the Code; and that no money be paid out of the public treasury for printing done elsewhere than by the Public Printer, unless previously authorized by the Governor.

On motion of Mr. Hagar, the House adjourned.


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