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Timeline of West Virginia: Civil War and Statehood
July 11, 1863


Journal of the Senate
of the State of West Virginia

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

Saturday, July 11th, 1863

Prayer by Rev. Mr. Young, member of the Senate.

The Journal was read and approved.

A message from the House of Delegates, by the Clerk, was received, announcing the passage of, and asking concurrence in,

House Bill No. 16, “A Bill to regulate criminal proceedings against negroes;”

House Bill No. 17, “A Bill to amend the Act staying the collection of certain debts;”

House Bill No. 18, “A Bill to prescribe the time for holding rules in the Clerk’s office of the Circuit Court of Ohio county;”

House Bill No. 19, “A Bill to regulate the recovery of claims where the State is a party interested.”

The same message announced that the House had concurred in the amendment of the Senate to House Bill No. 7, “A Bill concerning the Hempfield Railroad Company.”

And the same message announced the passage of the following resolution, and asked the concurrence of the Senate:

WHEREAS the fifth section of chapter twenty of the Code of Virginia, (1860,) makes 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 or Mr. Bunker, said resolution was taken up, and on motion of Mr. Stevenson, it was referred to the committee on Finance and Claims.

On motion, said bills, No. 16, 17, 18, and 19, were taken up and read the first time, and laid on the table.

Mr. Maxwell, from the committee on Courts of Justice and General Laws, reported the following bill, which was read the first time, laid on the table, and ordered to be printed:

Senate Bill No. 3, “A Bill providing for issuing grants for land in certain cases.”

Mr. Stevenson, from the committee on Townships, &c., reported as follows:

The committee on Townships and County Organization and Municipal Corporations, to whom was referred House Bill No. 5, “A Bill to provide for the division into townships of the counties in the State, “ have had the same under consideration, and report the following as a substitute therefor: “A Bill to provide for the division of several counties of the State into townships.”

The committee have also examined the resolution offered by Mr. Farnsworth in reference to townships, which was referred to them, and have considered the same favorably.

They have also examined the bill offered by Mr. Haymond, on the same subject and referred to them, parts of which were favorably considered; but the committee deem it inexpedient to report the bill.

The said substitute was read, laid on the table, and ordered to be printed.

Mr. Brown moved that the Senate take up the House resolution providing for the election of United States Senators on the 20th inst., but he motion was lost.

The motion of Mr. Farnsworth to take up his substitute and the amendment, in relation to candidates for the United States Senate, was rejected.

Resolved, That the committee on Courts of Justice and General Laws, be requested to inquire into the expediency of reporting a bill extending the time within which persons elected or appointed to office in the State, are required to qualify and give bond; and providing that the persons so appointed or elected may, for good cause shown, qualify and give bond at the first session of the circuit court held within their respective counties.

On motion of Mr. Young,

Resolved, That a committee of five be appointed to investigate the propriety of reporting bill prohibiting the manufacture of intoxicating spirituous liquors within the bounds of the State of West Virginia.

The President appointed under the said resolution, the following committee:

Messrs. Young, Copley, Bunker, Bowen, and Carskadon.

On motion of Mr. McCann,

Resolved, That the committee on Township and County organization inquire into the expediency of reporting a bill providing for a County Auditor and defining the duties of the same.

On motion of Mr. Mahon,

Resolved, That the committee on Township and County organization be requested to take into consideration the propriety of assessing the counties by townships, each township having its respective assessor; and report by bill or otherwise.

On motion of Mr. Brown,

Resolved, That the committee on Courts of Justice and General Laws inquire into the expediency of dividing into districts the State of West Virginia, for the election of Representatives to Congress, under and by virtue of the sixth section of the eleventh article of the Constitution of said State, and that said committee report by bill or otherwise.

And on motion of Mr. Bunker, the Senate adjourned.


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