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Timeline of West Virginia: Civil War and Statehood
July 13, 1863


Journal of the Senate
of the State of West Virginia

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

Monday, July 13th, 1863.

The Journal was read and approved.

A message from the House of Delegates, by the Clerk, announced the passage of, and asked concurrence in,

House Bill No. 15, “A Bill to prescribe the manner in which money may be paid into the Treasury of the State.”

House Bill No. 20, “An Act to authorize the payment of outstanding claims for the tuition of indigent children.”

House Bill No. 21, “A Bill defining the jurisdiction and powers of the Supreme Court of Appeals and the Judges thereof.”

House Bill No. 22, “A Bill to prevent the encouragement of Invasions and Insurrections.”

House Bill No. 23, “A Bill to provide seals for the several Courts and recorders.”

House Bill No. 24, “A Bill for the relief of Milton Wells.”

Mr. Brown, from the Committee on finance and claims, reported back the House resolution, in relation to the public printing, with a recommendation that it pass. It was taken up.

Mr. Burly moved to amend the same by striking out the words “shall be required to comply with this section of the Code, and make it read “No Executive officer shall be allowed to have any such printing done by any person other than the public printer.”

But on motion of Mr. Bunker, the resolution and amendment were re-committed to the same committee with instructions to report by bill.

Mr. Brown, from the joint committee on enrolled bills, reported that they had examined sundry enrolled bills and found them correctly enrolled.

On motion of Mr. Brown, the following bills were taken up, read the second time and referred to the committee on Courts of Justice and General Laws:

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 for Ohio county.”

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

On motion of Mr. Steven,

Senate Bill No. 2, “A Bill to regulate proceedings in criminal cases,” was taken up, and read the second time.

The bill was then read section by section for amendment.

On motion, of Mr. Maxwell, the words “or corporation” were stricken out of the second section and wherever, else they occur in said bill.

On motion of Mr. Burley the work “may” was stricken out of the 21st line, and the word “shall” inserted in its place.

On motion of Mr. Maxwell the words “of the Commonwealth of Virginia or” were inserted after the word “suit”, in the 53rd line, and the words “have heretofore been or” were inserted after the word “State,” in the 64th line.

Mr. Bunker moved to strike out the 20th section, but it was not agreed to.

On motion of Mr. Burley the 20th section was amended by adding at the end of the same, the words “upon payment if the costs which may have already accrued.”

On motion of Mr. Stevenson, said bill was laid on the table, subject to future amendment.

Mr. Bunker, from the committee on Military affairs, reported the following bill, which read the first time, laid on the table, and ordered to be printed:

Senate Bill No. 4, “A Bill to provide for the appointment of a Quartermaster General and prescribing, in part, his duties.”

On motion of Mr. Stevenson,

Senate Bill No. 3, “A Bill providing for issuing grants for land in certain cases,” was taken up, read the second time, and laid on the table.

On motion of Mr. Carskadon,

Resolved, That the committee on Courts of Justice and General Laws, inquire into the expediency of altering and amending chapters 104 and 198 and repealing chapter 105 of the Code of Virginia, late edition, and report by bill or otherwise.

On motion of Mr. Stevenson,

Resolved, That the committee on Privileges and Elections be requested to inquire into the expediency of reporting a bill with such provisions as will enable citizens of this State, who are entitled to vote therein, but who are now or may be hereafter in the military service of the United States or of this State, to vote at all elections to be held in this State, during the existence of the present war.

On motion of Mr. Mahon, the Senate adjourned.


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