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July 11, 1863


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

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

SATURDAY, July 11, 1863.

The House met at the accustomed hour.

Prayer by Rev. S. R. Brockunier.

Journal read and approved.

The Speaker announced the special committee on dividing the State into Congressional Districts, raised by resolution adopted Wednesday, to consist of the following gentlemen:

Messrs. Crawford, Holman, McGrew, Sweeney, Keeney, Kittle, Ruffner, Hager, and Ballard.

Mr. Van Winkle, from the committee on Counties, Townships, &c., reported House Bill No. 27, entitled “A Bill providing for and regulating Township Meetings and Elections.”

Mr. Zinn from the committee on Claims and Grievances, reported House Bill No. 28, entitled “A Bill concerning the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad.”

The bills were, on motion, respectively read the first time this day.

Engrossed House Bill No. 15, entitled “A Bill to prescribe the manner in which money may be paid into the treasury of the State,” 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. 20, entitled “An Act to authorize the payment of outstanding claims for the tuition of indigent children,” 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. 21, entitled “A Bill defining the jurisdiction and powers of the Supreme Court of Appeals and the Judges thereof,” 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, Shriver, Sutton, Sweeney, Teter of Barbour, Teter of Upshur, Turner, Van Winkle, Wheat, Wright, and Zinn – 48.

The NAYS were – None.

Engrossed House Bill No. 22, entitled “A Bill to prevent the encouragement of invasions and insurrection,” was taken up, and read the third time.

On motion of Mr. Kramer, the vote by which the bill was ordered to engrossment was reconsidered.

On motion of Mr. Ross, the bill was amended, by striking out of the fourth line the words “during the continuance of such invasion or insurrection,” and inserting the same words in the sixth line after the word “printing.”

The bill was then ordered to engrossment, and being engrossed, was 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, Shriver, Sutton, Sweeney, Teter of Barbour, Teter of Upshur, Turner, Van Winkle, Wheat, Wright, and Zinn – 48.

The NAYS were – None.

Engrossed House Bill No. 23, entitled “A Bill to provide seals for the several Courts and Recorders,” 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, Shriver, Sutton, Sweeney, Teter of Barbour, Teter of Upshur, Turner, Van Winkle, Wheat, Wright, and Zinn – 48.

The NAYS were – None.

Engrossed House Bill No. 24, entitled “An Act for the relief of Milton Wells,” 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, Shriver, Sutton, Sweeney, Teter of Barbour, Teter of Upshur, Turner, Van Winkle, Wheat, Wright, and Zinn – 48.

The NAYS were – None.

On motion of Mr. Lamb,

House Bill No. 25, entitled “A Bill to provide for the appointment and qualification of deputy sheriffs, recorders, and clerks,” on its second reading, was taken from the table, read the second time and passed to engrossment.

A communication from the Senate announcing the passage by that body of House Bill No. 8, entitled “A Bill relating to exemptions from military duty,” with the following amendments:

1st. After the words “Congress and their respective officers,” in the first section insert: “the members of both branches of the Legislature of the State, and their respective officers, during the sessions of the Legislature, and for ten days previous thereto.”
2d. In the same section before the words “Court of Appeals” insert the word “Supreme.”
3d. Strike out of the same section the words “and of the Circuit and Corporation Courts.”
4th. In the same section, insert the word “loyal” before the word “minister.”
5th. Strike out of the same section, the following: “Also, First, The only son of a widow dependent on his labor for support; Second, The only son of aged and infirm parent or parents, dependent on his labor for support; Third, Where there are two or more sons of aged or infirm parents subject to draft, the father, or he be dead, the mother may elect which son shall be exempt; Fourth, The only brother of children not twelve years old, dependent upon his labor for support, if such children have neither father nor mother living; Fifth, The father of a motherless child or children, dependent upon his labor for support; Sixth, Where there are a father and sons in the same family or household and two or more of them are in the military service of the United States or of this State, the residue of such family and household shall be exempt.”
6th. In the second section, strike out the words “the officers of the several banks established by law, and their respective branches.”
7th. In the second section, strike out the words “all toll gatherers on any canal, river or turnpike company in the State.”

On motion of Mr. Lamb, it was ordered that the bill be referred to the committee on Military Affairs, and the amendments be printed for the use of the House.

On motion of Mr. Dawson,

Ordered, That the committee on Counties, Townships, &c., be instructed to inquire into the expediency of reporting a bill so changing the boundary line between the counties of Gilmer and Ritchie, as to include in the county of Ritchie, the family of Elisha L. Snodgrass.

On motion of Mr. Boggs,

Ordered, That the committee on Roads and Internal Navigation take into consideration the expediency of making an appropriation of not less than one thousand dollars, for opening a wagon road from Greenland Gap, in Hardy county, to the North Fork Turnpike, in said county; and that they report by bill or otherwise.

On motion of Mr. Crothers,

Ordered, That the committee on Roads and Internal Navigation consider the expediency of reporting a bill increasing the salary of the Superintendent of the National Road in West Virginia.

Mr. Sheets gave notice of his intention to offer the following, as a standing rule:

“No bill shall be put upon its second reading, until the same shall have been printed and delivered to the members of the House at least one day previous to such reading.”

On motion of Mr. Wheat, the House adjourned.


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